'Parenthood': Watch Zeek's Emotional Homecoming (Exclusive)

He's got a long road ahead
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Parenthood fans, rest (somewhat) easy: Zeek Braverman (Craig T. Nelson) is coming home.

In an exclusive clip from Thursday's all-new episode, the head of the Braverman family makes a somewhat triumphant return from open heart surgery to his Bay Area home — only it's not as easy as he would have hoped.

Clearly in pain as he attempts to make his way from the car to the house, Zeek is clearly uncomfortable with his luxury "suite" and appears to be feeling a bit defeated as he spies the literal long walk up the steps.

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"This is something that affects the entire family and it informs what everybody will go through the whole season," showrunner Jason Katims told THR of the final season's brush with mortality. "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. Tonally, the show will have pockets of humor and lighter moments throughout but overall the season will have a lot of gravitas because of the subject matter."

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Check out the exclusive clip, below, and hit the comments with your thoughts. Do you think Zeek can make it through the season? Parenthood's final season continues Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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