This is the puzzle, and to solve it, House must conjure the ultimate scam—something at which he is, of course, supremely gifted. It's a brilliant solution, worthy of House—and Holmes—and a perfect final homage to Conan-Doyle's fictional detective. It fools everyone, including Wilson, whose attempt at kind words for the dearly-departed House ring hollow in the face of House's ultimate narcissism, instead turning his eulogy into a dawning realization about what an irredeemable ass his "friend" House truly is.
That is, until he receives the untimely timely text that only says "Shut up, Wilson." And then, he knows the truth: "everybody lies."
And there they are at the end, the two of them, together, riding off into Wilson's sunset astride a matched set of motorbikes to the play-off of "Enjoy Yourself," interpreted so differently than it had been at the end of season five. It is into a no-less bleak future that they ride, particularly for Wilson, who only has a few months to live, but the ending is, in its own way, upbeat and absolutely perfect.
But the ending asks the inevitable question: "now what?" What are the possibilities? And that is the question with which I leave you, dear readers. What happens after the final credits roll, as the months (and perhaps years) go on? Does House have a altered destiny in "death?" Will he rise like a phoenix (or Sherlock Holmes) out of the ashes to fight another fight? (After all, Holmes has had a very active life post-Reichenbach through other novelists and numerous filmmakers crafting new adventures.)
- Wilson is cured (maybe by some experimental protocol developed by House, himself).
- After euthanizing Wilson (and Thirteen), House gives himself up to the authorities, confesses the scam and returns to prison.
- House assumes Wilson's name (ah, the endless possibilities of hacking...er...tweaking things a bit on the Interwebs), and starts his medical life anew.
- House fakes amnesia and turns up just when Cuddy's new hospital (or old one, if she re-appears at Princeton-Plainsboro believing House gone for good) just when he's needed during a pandemic (House as the Dark Knight).
What do you all think? What happens after "everybody dies?" Let me know in the comments!