The show's creator David Shore reveals what caused the fire in the abandoned building and how House survived the collapsing floor and the explosion.
"House M.D." series finale which aired on Monday, May 21 left some burning questions for fans. While viewers might be relieved to see the titular character staying alive after he was trapped in a burning building, some might be wondering how the titular character survived the floor collapsing on him and the subsequent explosion.
Addressing this mystery, creator David Shore told TVLine, "It was supposed to be ambiguous as to whether the floor collapsed on him or in front of him; certainly it was nasty stuff. There are a few seconds between the collapse and the explosion. He narrowly got out the back."
When pressed with question whether it's possible for a limp man like House to escape that quickly, Shore said to TV Guide, "It was certainly intended to make the audience believe it's going to be very, very difficult for him to get out." He went on explaining, "It certainly would have been tricky for him to get out, but we don't have a full understanding of the geography of the interior. It was supposed to be almost impossible, but possible."
As for how the fire in the abandoned building started, the writer revealed, "It's actually alluded to. There was more about it in the original cut of the episode. There is a reference to the fact that the guy fell asleep while smoking. That's how he got the burns on his chest. He presumably passed out while on heroin and dropped the cigarette and the fire started."
Also in the series finale, Foreman was smiling when finding House's nametag under his table. Asked if that meant Foreman knew his former boss was still alive, Shore coyly answered, "The notion is that Foreman had pieced it together and figured it out."
Of whether he ever considered to kill House in the last episode, Shore said, "Everything was on the table." He, however, thought that "the idea of people thinking that House is dead is a weird thing to leave people with. It ultimately felt better to have him out there with Wilson doing who knows what."
Though he keeps House alive, Shore is not willing to picture the doctor's future once his best friend Wilson dies. "That's way down the road. And that's not what it was about," he insisted. "The story is the story. And the story ends when the story ends."
While many of the series' former major characters returned, even in a form of hallucinations, to pay final visit, Lisa Edelstein's Cuddy was not present in the final episode. "I wanted her to come back, but we weren't able to make that happen," Shore claimed, revealing that the ex-girlfriend of House might've done something to what Sela Ward's Stacy did.