'Deadliest Catch' Finale: An Emotional Farewell to Phil Harris

Julie Ryan Evans

deadliest catchI can't say I've been a devoted fan of Deadliest Catch, but after hearing from so many about just how gripping it is, I tuned in for the season finale in which Captain Phil Harris died.

Gripping was an understatement.

The hour-long episode on the Discovery Channel, which follows the crew of a crab boat, was raw and gritty and more real than any other "reality" show I've ever seen.

Captain Phil had a stroke in February, and weeks later died of complications from it. In the weeks in between he made it clear he wanted the cameras to keep rolling.

There was a scene where Phil's son Josh was at his bedside, and his dad apologized for not being a better father. It was haunting. Josh talked with EW.com about his father's words.

"He thought he was a failure and that he f-ed up. That irritated me so much," Josh said. "He's such a good guy, and he had such a big heart. To be in the last moments of your life and think you are a failure just broke my heart. It absolutely crushed me because he wasn't a failure at all. He produced two good kids and did the best job he could with the cards he was dealt." 

Of the outpouring of support from fans since his father's death, Josh said he found it "bizarre."

"Everybody wants to give you hugs, give their condolences, tell you their stories," he told EW.com. "They try to comfort you in every which way. I'm very thankful for all the people who genuinely care. They don't know anything about me or my brother or our situation but they really care."

I just may be a devoted fan next season.

Have you been following Deadliest Catch? If so, what did you think of the finale?

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