'The Big C': The end of the story comes in 'Hereafter'

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The upcoming season of the comedy-drama, "The Big C," will be its last. At the end of the four episodes that make up "The Big C: Hereafter," viewers will find out if Cathy ( Laura Linney) dies of her cancer or if she survives into an indefinite future.

While the producers and cast of the show wouldn't give too much away, they did offer some tidbits about what we can expect in the final season. One warning though: Laura Linney did warn that "Nothing is ever what you think it's going to be. Ever."

Despite the series subtitle, "Hereafter," don't worry that this is suddenly going to morph into a ghost show. Cathy does not die in the first episode or anything.

Each of the four episodes that make up the final season will be one hour long (instead of the half-hour used by the series before). The episodes will span a period between September and May of a single year, with a few months between each one.

The experience of facing death was important to both the producers and actors in "The Big C." Linney said the show began at a time when she was in "an existential swirl about time." She saw the role of Cathy as a chance "to continue my conversation with myself in the context of cancer." Producer Jenny Bicks explained why death was such a major part of her comedy: "[Death] is one of those things we're not supposed to talk about, because apparently we're all going to live forever." (Yes, she was being sarcastic.)

How does it end? "The final scene of the series will be very nostalgic for viewers of the show," Bicks teased. "I think it's a visually stunning moment and a very happy moment too." Co-star Gabourey Sidibe concurred without giving much away. "It was done so smartly. And really, really beautiful. It's more like a graduation than anything."

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