Hugh Laurie, House
The doctor is out. And while there isn't exactly huge outrage over House's cancellation (more than 70 percent of TVGuide.com voters agreed it was time to pull the plug on Hugh Laurie's curmudgeonly genius), many die-hard fans are left pondering just what sort of ending creator David Shore and his team will come up with.
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"It's not going to be an unceremonious finish, I can tell you that," Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said during the Television Critics Association winter previews, when he acknowledged that he was talking with the show's creative crew about potentially wrapping things up. "It will absolutely have a satisfying conclusion. ... I can guarantee you there's no way David Shore is going to have the fans feel like it wasn't properly capped off."
So just how will viewers say goodbye to Dr. House? Let's ponder the possibilities:
1. House dies or commits suicide. The show has never been afraid of being dark. As for how House could bite the big one, the possibilities are endless. The good doctor could swallow a few too many Vicodin. Or maybe one of his put-upon team members finally snaps and offs him.
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2. House is fired. Given his probation from jail and the recent incident that almost left Chase (Jesse Spencer) paralyzed, it's an understatement to say that House is in a precarious position. There's only so much leeway Foreman (Omar Epps) is going to be allowed to give House at this point.
3. House goes back to jail. This goes hand-in-hand with being fired, since working at the hospital is a condition of his parole. But what if his return to the Big House was in more grand fashion? We know past stars will be returning to the show, so what if House agreed to euthanize Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) as he promised in the 150th episode?
4. House reunites with Cuddy! Speaking of returning guest stars ... Given how House and Cuddy left things — you know, with his car rammed through her living room window — this one is definitely a stretch. But we'd give anything to see Lisa Edelstein reprise her role and play a significant role in House's exit strategy, even if it's not a fairy-tale ending.
5. House and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) walk off into the sunset. Who doesn't want to imagine this memorable TV bromance carrying on for year and years? Can anyone say Grumpy Old Men 3?
Which ending would you most like to see? Vote in our poll below! And if you don't like our suggestions, leave your own in the comments below.