Well after years of build up Sopranos fans are left to more questions. My first feeling as the credits began to roll was one of disappointment and even a little bit of anger toward David Chase and his choice of endings to one of my all time favorite shows. But after a night of sleep and a half day of pondering the ending and reading some other viewer's ideas, i am beginning to see the brilliance in the final episode. Chase tied up as many loose ends as he could in a one hour finale. Meadow is getting married and despite her growing up hating the mob life, she will go to law school and come back to ultimately defend "the life". AJ is beginning to see that there are ups and downs in life and nothing is perfect while learning to look on the bright side (aided by a new BMW and a hot ass barely-legal girlfriend). Carmella still hates the drama of "the life" but she just can't get away form the spoils, including her new home, and she sighs as the thought of Tony going to jail enters her mind in the last scene as Tony tells her about the New York guy testifying.
Paulie is now #2 but is still super-paranoid. And we still see he has a little bit of a rift between himself and Christopher (who could have come back as that cat?).
The Federal Agent now has a soft spot for Tony and is openly rooting for NJ to win the mob war.
Phil gets it in the worst way!!! That was great....and gross.
Sil is still alive, although he'll never be Sil again.
So what did the ending mean? Well, do you remember Bobby and Tony talking on the boat in the first episode of this season? Tony says "you never see or hear the one that gets you, it just goes blank." So did Tony get whacked by the guy who went to the bathroom (phil's cousin?) just as Meadow walks in to eat dinner? Does Tony eventually go to jail for a couple of years on minor charges after the trial? Does nothing happen and "the life" go on as we saw for so many years?
I don't think there is any correct answer. Would you really be happier if it showed Tony getting killed in front of his family? Or having his family killed in front of him? Would it make you feel better if it said "tony and his family lived a happy life for ten more years and then tony was killed by Paulie."?
The director's job wasn't to make every fan happy, that would have been impossible. So why not tie up the loosest of ends with the finale, and then leave us with more questions, ones you can answer however you like?
I'll say it, the more i think about it, the more i am starting to really like the way it ended. Plus, now there really is a possibility for a movie or something.
Can you imagine the box office draw that a Sopranos Movie could pull? Crazy!
P.S. Thanks to daddy, shakes, and king for a great weekend in AU. Always puts me i a great mood to go home to God's country.