In the end, all of the predictions failed.
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Does anyone find this ending just a little maddening? Just a little provocative? David Chase built the final five minutes to tension point, giving us every indication that something bad was about to happen to Tony and the family in the diner, with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” in the background. It went to black just as we expected the final climax — leaving us wondering what the hell we just saw.
I’ll say this; I never expected that.
Up to that moment, it had been an intriguing episode. The war got called on account of Phil’s men backstabbing him, and Tony prevailed — with the help of Agent Harris. Harris decided to play sides in what may be one of the most shocking events this season. AJ finally snapped out of his depression, and Tony finally came to terms with his Uncle Junior, after a fashion.
And Phil got whacked, then squashed.
But that last scene bothers me. It’s almost as if Chase couldn’t bring himself to write the final 60 seconds of the show. We clearly saw at least one man in the diner taking too much of an interest in the Sopranos, and he headed off to the bathroom, a la The Godfather. Meadow’s parallel-parking problems got resolved just afterwards, and the entire family was poised to have something terrible happen.
The screen then went blank. The show was over, and that will never get resolved. It feels like a cop-out from a show that had never copped out before. It’s a disappointment, a small blemish on a Mona Lisa that unfortunately will be our last impression of a great television series, perhaps the greatest.
But what did you all think?