The Sopranos Ending

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Here are three different interpretations of the Sopranos Finale, or Sopranos last episode whatever you want to call it.

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The series ended as Tony, his wife Carmela, son A.J. and daughter Meadow arrived for a family dinner at a restaurant.

As they sat at the table studying the menu, menacing-looking people mingled nearby, possibly plotting the family’s demise in a hail of bullets.

But there is no way of knowing if there was a bloody climax because the series just ended there — in suspense.

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Tony died. He was shot in front of his family the moment Meadow walks into the restaurant. The final scene is viewed from Tony’s perspective (as is most of the show) and the reason it cuts to black when it did was because he was shot and killed at that moment.

The key to understanding the last scene comes from a phrase by Bobby that was repeated a couple times: “I bet you don’t hear it when it happens.”

The bullet travels faster than sound… and it enters Tony’s head before he ever hears it.

Everyone who complains that the ending was meaningless just hasn’t given the show the benefit of the doubt. If you stuck with the show this long you must understand the symbolism of the complete silence during the credits. It’s the first time a show has ended without music.

So, if you think the ending was meaningless or a lame attention grabber, think again. Because there is meaning here… and it’s spectacular.

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Theory No. 1 (and the one I prefer): Chase is using the final scene to place the viewer into Tony’s mindset. This is how he sees the world: every open door, every person walking past him could be coming to kill him, or arrest him, or otherwise harm him or his family. This is his life, even though the paranoia’s rarely justified. We end without knowing what Tony’s looking at because he never knows what’s coming next.

Theory No. 2: In the scene on the boat in “Soprano Home Movies,” repeated again last week, Bobby Bacala suggests that when you get killed, you don’t see it coming. Certainly, our man in the Members Only jacket could have gone to the men’s room to prepare for killing Tony (shades of the first “Godfather”), and the picture and sound cut out because Tony’s life just did. (Or because we, as viewers, got whacked from our life with the show.)

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