With five episodes left to go in this, the last, season of "Six Feet Under," it's time to get serious about predicting deaths. I hate to say it, Durrell, but I think you're doomed. In the newest episode, you played an elm tree in the school "biodiversity" play, with some lines about Dutch Elm Disease killing off elms that are planted together. So unless you run away from home, you're high on the list of most likely to die.
Even more likely to die is Brenda's fetus. First, Nate is going astray, attracted to Maggie, so he's going to need to be punished. He's pushing Brenda to get amniocentesis after a test came back bad, and she doesn't want the test because of the risk of miscarriage. Nates's very callous about expressing hostility about having to take care of a disabled child. Either Brenda will have the amniocentesis, which will cause a miscarriage of what will surely then turn out not to be a defective fetus. Or maybe Brenda will have some sort of terrible accident on the way to having the test, and the baby will be saved, and Nate -- with Maggie's help -- will turn altruistic and dedicate himself to taking care of Maya and the new baby. In this scenario, the baby will surely be seriously disabled.
Claire, I think, was flirting with her murderer last night. The creepy lawyer guy -- he's going to go "American Psycho" on her, right? If not, Ruth had better double lock the doors, as George is likely to show up to bang on them again in a big rage. But I think Ruth will survive. We need her around in the last frames of the show to look on with her inimitable pained expression.
Am I forgetting anything? Yes, something must tie up the Rico-Vanessa story. I think it would be hard to manipulate these characters into a position where either kills the other, but what else can happen? Maybe all the Fishers need to die so Rico can inherit the whole business, which would at least give him something substantial to do. But I don't believe David will die. I think David and Keith will be given a happy ending, as a family of three, with the good son Anthony. Again, Durrell, sorry. It's an omen I read in the tree.