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god i am going to miss this show.
what did everyone think? is tony still alive or dead? does it matter?
was that the last one ever ever?
From an artistic point of view it's an amazing ending, no compromise with the cutting to black and then holding that for around 10 seconds or whatever it is. Never seen anything like that on TV.
From an enjoyment point of view though, it's a fucking annoying ending! What happens?! I'm going to go with he gets shot. Like they say in the episode, when it happens, you probably wont even realise.
was just bizarre. Make up your own ending, I guess.
And just as i do in that film, i'm gonna go with everyone lives.
I was getting a little bit irritated by the fact that everything was going right and the uncertainty of the happy ending was the perfect way to completely offset that.
The Sopranos really is the finest television programme ever.
that you say everything was going right. i'd say it really wasn't. He'd lost a lot of his vital crew and looked like he'd face a big trial pretty soon. I'd say it was all going pretty shit. Plus he's Tony Soprano and he'll never be able to fully relax and enjoy his life.
AJ is better, Meadow is happy and things between him and Carmella are good. Phil Leotardo is gone, relationships with New York are on the mend and he seems to have put the business with Junior behind him. Sil could pull through so he's only lost Chrissy (his own doing) and Bobby. Pauly is reluctant but dedicated.
having so much affection for a fictional character who is essentially a sociopathic murderer?
i realise this is quite lame to admit but at the end of it i got quite sad and i really didn't want anything bad to happen to Tony.
the final image we see is Tony looking up, and then bang presumably. As the show centres around him, what else is there to show after that? Hence the artistic brilliance of a cut to black.
The fact that earlier we see a flashback where Tony and Bobby discuss how when you get shot it would probably be instant and you wouldnt even know what had happened, and the song that plays at the end of that episode is shown on the jukebox that Tony flicks through at the end is a pretty huge clue.
Although I'm hoping there's going to be more revealed when the DVD comes out, I can't accept that that's it!
I agree with Sadpunk that basically everything had been resolved in a more or less satisfactory way for the characters.
You could go all 'film school' and over-analyse it and say that the apparently paranoid final scene was a metaphor for the fact that Tony would never be able to truly relax and would always have to be aware that people could be after him.
But it may also have been the writers keeping an open ending just in case the characters are revived in the future.
Any way - This news article would seem to be definitive...
"Tony Soprano did not get whacked after the screen went black at the end of the final episode, The Sopranos creator David Chase says. In an interview appearing in a new book, The Sopranos: The Complete Book, Chase maintained that what viewers saw is all that happened to Tony Soprano -- that he had written no clues to Tony's fate's in that episode or any other. "There are no esoteric clues in there. No Da Vinci Code," he said. Chase said that he was surprised by fans' reaction to the episode. "They had gleefully watched him rob, kill, pillage, lie and cheat," Chase observed in the interview. "They had cheered him on. And then, all of a sudden, they wanted to see him punished for all that. They wanted 'justice' ... The pathetic thing -- to me -- was how much they wanted HIS blood, after cheering him on for eight years." "
Chase doesn't say anywhere that Tony doesn't get whacked, if anything he implies that he does get shot.
My 'analysis' up there isn't meant to be film school and overreaching - it seemed obvious the first time I saw the episode.
Maybe a film at a later date might reveal more, who knows.