Nate goes ''Six Feet Under'' -- Peter Krause's character dies in the last season of the HBO show

Even on a series set in a funeral home, it's shocking when a lead character dies. Granted, it's the last season of HBO's Six Feet Under, but why Nate (Peter Krause)? ''His journey has been toward total acceptance of his mortality,'' says creator/executive producer Alan Ball. ''Ultimately, the final step in accepting one's mortality is dying.'' So why kill him off before the finale? ''The series began with a death but I didn't want to do it in the last episode. That felt cheesy.'' Plus, as Six Feet Under devotees know, dead almost never means gone.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2005 Published in issue #833 Aug 12, 2005 Order article reprints