The Big C on TV3

9:30pm – Tuesday, December 28 on TV 3

Last week viewers mourned the loss of Cathy’s (Laura Linney) neighbour-turned-confidant after she decided to end her battle with Alzheimer’s.

Now we go into The Big C first season finale, screening on Tuesday, December 28th at 9:30pm on 3, knowing that change is imminent. But will the loss of her friend mean Cathy will seek treatment for her cancer?

“The series is about death and dying and what that means. Sometimes it’s not how you think it’s going to be, and how different people react to that and how we can explore that is really what the entire series is about,” The Big C creator/executive producer Darlene Hunt explains to Zap2It. “Hopefully, those who hate us for doing that [killing off Marlene] will have a better understanding and appreciation after the series final episode,” she adds.

After largely employing the first stage of grief – denial – to deal with her melanoma, Hunt explains that following Marlene’s (Phyllis Somerville) death, this week’s finale will push Cathy to re-evaluate her life and how she wants to approach her illness.

“Literally, the next stage of grief is anger. And that’s what we’re looking toward,” Hunt says.

“Anger also means fighting and in this case, it might be Cathy fighting the cancer in a different way than we’ve seen her do!”

Part of the change in Cathy comes courtesy of her formerly estranged husband Paul (Oliver Platt), who is now well aware of his wife’s illness.

Paul is eager to help his wife recover and be there for her now that they’re back together. The real question is: after years of Cathy acting as Paul’s caretaker, will he be able to reciprocate?

Find out the answer to this when Cathy reaches the next stage of accepting her illness in The Big C season finale, screening on Tuesday, December 28th at 9:30pm on 3.

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