I have been a Sopranos fan since the first season and I was so excited to see what would happen on the final epsisode. Then when I saw what happened I had to wonder what happened.
About half way through the episode I realized that creator David Chase wasn't going to do anything truly outrageous and he would treat this episode like any other episode. The fade to black ending did freak me out. I thought my DVR timer ran out and I missed the last seconds of the show. When the credits popped up after the 5 second "black out" I realized that I had been had or that's how I felt at the time.
Looking back I like how the show went out. It's the choose your own adventure ending. If you love Tony and the family and didn't want them to die, then you should be happy because for all you know they are happily eating onion rings to this day. If you wanted the streets to run red with blood then you should be happy because we all know that the suspicious guy came out of the bathroom and popped Tony and maybe the whole family. Or was it the black guys who came in? Or was it the trucker looking guy drinking his coffee who did the deed? Whatever the case, you can't deny that those last 4 or 5 minutes were the most suspenseful, thrilling minutes that have ever seen on television. The whole time I was filled with dread just knowing that something was going down.
The ending leaves all of it up to us and while some call that a cop out (Wilbon) others will say that Chase left us with something that will keep the Soprano name alive for a long time. And the possibility of a revisit through TV or feature film.
So, what's my theory? Well, I have heard this a couple times already, but during the season, Tony and Bobby discussed what it must feel like to get whacked and it was said that it comes out of no where and everything just fades to black. Which is exactly what happened. Tony spent the whole time in the restaurant checking everyone out, checking everyone who came through the door and in the end his guard was down because he was watching his little girl come through the door as the assassin came out of the toilet with guns blazing a la Godfather 2. Or nothing happened and Tony wasn't checking out everyone in the place, but we the viewers were and Tony was content and just enjoying the company of his family.
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