11:50am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Parenthood' First Look: Is Zeke Going to Die?
The Bravermans are heading into new territory this season on NBC's Parenthood.
After an uphill fight, Zeke Braverman (Craig T. Nelson) realized that he needed to face his fears and take care of himself so he could be there for his rapidly growing family, so he made the decision to have heart surgery.
In an exclusive photo from next week's Parenthood, the head of the Braverman family goes under the knife — but it's unclear just how the surgery goes as Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) visits Zeke in a way that doesn't instill much confidence in the results.
"The season is dealing with the potential loss of someone, I wouldn’t say we're saying goodbye to somebody," showrunner Jason Katims told The Hollywood Reporter at the start of Parenthood's sixth and final season. "They're dealing with mortality. While we've touched on it in season four with Kristina (Monica Potter), we're dealing with it in a very different way in a way. This is something that affects the entire family, and it informs what everybody will go through the whole season. Even the storylines that don't seem like they're going to be connected to that story, they're still affected by it. It's something that definitely influences the whole season."
Grab your Kleenex and check out THR's exclusive photo, as well as the promo for next week's Parenthood, below.
Parenthood's final season airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.