Sopranos Final Season: Final Episode

The last episode of the Sopranos. It all ends tonight.

Were you satisfied?

Monday Update: I hated it. I watched it again tonight to see if I felt differently. I didn't. It teased and manipulated and then didn't deliver.

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    One-word (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Aaron on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:18:05 PM EST

    Sopranos (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by SteveSmith on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:35:19 PM EST
    Terrific ending.  Fans will be debating what happened for years.  Best series finale since MTM.

    What a disgrace (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by hillct on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:50:35 PM EST
    Like virtually every over-typed television event, this failed to live up to expectations. I had the greatest of respect for David Chase and the Sopranos writing staff, so at some level I'd like to believe, after months of debating a suitable ending, they realized that even with the extraordinary talents they had in the room, they couldn't do justice to what came before, so they decided not to embarrass themselves by even attempting it - better for their careers not to try an fail, but simply not to attempt it, so they produced this drivel that didn't even rise to the level of the worst episodes of any season. Fans of the show will still seek out the DVDs hoping either of the rumored other two endings are better than what aired. I'd like to believe this travesty was a calculated albeit misguided decision, rather than simply an abysmal failure of epic proportions. I'd like to believe it was the marketing wonks at HBO that insisted the seried conclusion should be so hyped, against the protests of David Chase and the writing staff, but when it comes down to it, perhaps they have no respect for their audience or their decade of prior work. What a disgrace...

    I was laughing my fool head off: (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by scribe on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:55:32 PM EST
    they just nailed it.

    Though my prediction for how it would end (the music will come up and the credits start rolling) was wrong, too.

    Life goes on, and that's for the characters there, too.

    Nice how they showed Tony able to bend the FBI guy to give him info which, ultimately, led to Phil getting it.

    Oh what a disappointment!!! (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by kyleg21 on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 10:09:00 PM EST
    Wasting most of my Sundays as a devoted fan of this show and to get this load of "CRAP" for a finale.
    I would rather have been sticking needles in my eyes in a Turkish prison for the past 6 seasons in my dirty underwear.

    Sopranos Final Episode (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by TomChicago on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 10:21:13 PM EST
    Exactly!  Life goes on for the family.  We all had expectations for the big whack at the end of the road, and the satisfaction of that kind of ending, but the ending we got shows Tony's ongoing, increasing uncertainty, the looking-up at every opening of every door.  Of course, our expectations were manipulated, with Meadow taking forever to park the damned car, and the guy with the Members Only jacket going into the john...

    It ain't over till it's over (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by billybob on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 10:52:07 PM EST
      I like the ending.  Tony had "permission" to whack Phil, even from Phil's crew, and he did. So Tony is not in imminent danger from the mob.  
      His lawyer assures him he is unlikely to be convicted, and in fact certain feds are rooting for him, so he appears safe on that front.  
    Even A.J. is back from the brink.
      That said, we are on the edge of our seats seeing threats everytime someone gets in a car, walks through a door (either in or out), or even thinks about harming an animal.  In A.J.'s words, we are at Defcon Five.  Fully alert.  Permanently.  Just like Tony.
       I think I understand his panic attacks now.  Anyone have Dr. Melfi's number?

    Still in Character (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by Rene ala carte on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 10:54:01 PM EST
    I don't know how else they could have ended it and still kept any integrity.

    The show was really never about the mob, but about the characters, and short of a total bloodbath, they did the right thing. These people will go on, living their lives, doing good, crazy, despicable, honorable, sleazy, stupid, vindictive things.

    For 86 episodes they did them better than any other show on TV.

    Watched it because better half is a fan. (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by mentaldebris on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 01:02:21 AM EST
    If I had invested all the time that the longterm fans had I'd be pretty p'd off tonight. And going out on a blech Journey song? After all the great music through the years ending up with freaking Journey?  

    Do like how they made me think for what, 15 seconds(?), that the satellite blacked out on us.

    A classic "Is that all there is?" episode if ever I witnessed one.

    What the %$@#??? (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Strick on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 06:58:27 AM EST
    I think we were Seinfelded.

    One question.  I missed a few episodes over the years.  Was the FBI agent Harris was having the affair with the one that I read that Phil talked about having raped?

    Maybe not.  Maybe part of the message of the last episode was that even the Feds suffer from the fascination with these guys that tied Melfi, heck, all of us, to the show until the end.

    Great observation... (none / 0) (#30)
    by Slado on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 09:04:05 AM EST
    Maybe you're right but in classic Chase style it probably wouldn't have mattered he would have helped in anyway.

    Also I think he wanted to show that even the "good guys" have their weaknesses and there is a fine line between the Tony's of the world and the Feds.

    His line..."I think we're going to win this thing" was classic.


    Tony is dead.... (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 11:03:55 AM EST
    at least thats how I interpret the ending.  

    Remember, the screen didn't fade to black, it abruptly went black and the record stopped.  I take that to mean Tony got a bullet to the head.  He never saw it coming, just like Phil didn't see it coming.

    Huh> (none / 0) (#1)
    by TomK on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:17:49 PM EST
    What happened?

    Best recap I've read is here: (none / 0) (#32)
    by rdandrea on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 11:28:31 AM EST
    By Newark Star-Ledger TV critic Alan Sepinwall.  The Star-Ledger is Tony's hometown paper.

    i laughed hard (none / 0) (#3)
    by allwrits on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:22:04 PM EST
    Great ending, I laughed my ass off.  My eyes were darting all around the coffee shop waiting for the shoot out.  The papers here were all abuzz about the shoot out in the coffee shop to end the series as the mayor of the local town where it was shot was pissed as he found it insulting to Italian - Americans.  I was thinking to myself which guy is going to whack Tony.  Then, then, then, ....... ROFLLMAO.  Great ending.

    Soprano's last episode (none / 0) (#4)
    by sumnermariel on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:26:49 PM EST
    After all these years, I could'nt be more disappointed!  I am not the least bit interested in purchasing ANY episodes, now!

    Did I miss it? (none / 0) (#5)
    by DB on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:30:20 PM EST
    The guy at the counter walks into the bathroom, Meadow finally walks into Holstein's and Journey is singing, "Don't stop.."  Did it really cut away at that point?  There was about 15 seconds of blank screen before the credits started rolling.  Help me out here.

    My own reply (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by DB on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:34:53 PM EST
    From another blog post:  "The more I thought about it, the more it was a brilliant way to go out for David Chase. He lets the viewers choose their own ending. Depending on how you viewed Tony and the rest of the dynamic crew will determine the ending in your mind. Maybe you think Tony gets shot. Maybe you think he gets indicted. Maybe Meadow defends him. Maybe the truck driver or the black guys in the restaurant come and shoot him. Brilliant."

    Kind of explains it for me.


    But... (none / 0) (#33)
    by aj12754 on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 11:30:18 AM EST
    .. the viewers are not the creators of this series.  Kind of like letting an onlooker at an execution pull the switch don't you think?

    Death of the Author (none / 0) (#35)
    by squeaky on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 12:02:40 PM EST
    You are evidentially not up to date on your PoMo theory.

    PoMO SchmoMo (none / 0) (#36)
    by aj12754 on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 12:20:46 PM EST
    Oh right  - the theory where stories go to die. Not ignorant of it -- just not a fan.

    There is No Avoiding It (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by squeaky on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 01:12:08 PM EST
    the theory where stories go to die

    No quite the opposite. The story etenally stays alive because there is no closure.

    It puts the viewer/reader in the active role to reread and reread. The pleasure of the text doesn't end with the last page.


    Reading and re-reading (none / 0) (#42)
    by aj12754 on Tue Jun 12, 2007 at 08:17:43 AM EST
    The pleasures of reading and rereading are not limited to the post-modern novel -- I had those pleasures long before po mo came along -- there is almost no Victorian novelist I cannot read and reread with pleasure.

    Theory Follows Practice (none / 0) (#43)
    by squeaky on Tue Jun 12, 2007 at 10:40:57 PM EST
    And that is no doubt true for PoMo as well.

    The pleasures of reading and rereading are not limited to the post-modern novel -- I had those pleasures long before po mo came along --

    You like everyone else... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Aaron on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:44:05 PM EST
    ...who watched this season have been duped, by the show's creator who thought he didn't need writers for the last season.  Apparently he was overcome by a bout of George Lucas syndrome, getting us all to continue watching something that was crap simply because he started out with something great.

    It's an old story in America, hook your customers with a good product, and then string them along for years, taking their money and giving them garbage in return, until the suckers catch on, or you close up shop and go out of business absconding with your ill-gotten gains, as happened in this case.

    Judging by the comments in praise of this show, and this season, some suckers never learn.


    everyone's blacked out (none / 0) (#15)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:57:11 PM EST
    it was part of the episode.

    What was that? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Kristi Ann on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:34:29 PM EST
    I spent the past decade following this show. I never missed an episode, I can not believe after all of that they ended the series like that. This was by far the worst series finally I have ever scene. My boyfriend and I are still sitting her in shock. There are so many questions unanswered. Unreal!

    sopranos (none / 0) (#9)
    by olivia on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:39:54 PM EST
    I think the ending was ambiguous on purpose to let us imagine what happened to Tony and his family. This will long be debated, and we can all have our own imagined ending.

    sad but happy (none / 0) (#10)
    by touchmonkey on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:41:13 PM EST
    it didn't go out in style but went out in a whimper. Still I'm happy that life goes on and none of tony's family got aced. Still..talk about major flaccidness...thy name is chase...

    of course this means ..... (none / 0) (#13)
    by allwrits on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 09:52:55 PM EST
    of course this means..... The Soprano's movie.....  and like the rest of you I will be plunking down my $10.

    I don't think so, (none / 0) (#16)
    by Aaron on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 10:06:33 PM EST
    I'll just downloaded it for free, and then not watch it.

    Got One Idea or Guest (none / 0) (#18)
    by wutang39 on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 10:15:23 PM EST
    Maybe tge ending was made like that on purpose.
    That was the end of the SHOW. Do you get what I mean. Well I mean there is still a chance of there being a Sopranos Movie.

    all that foreplay... (none / 0) (#20)
    by byteb on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 10:30:22 PM EST
    for naught.

    Bah (none / 0) (#24)
    by TomK on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 01:28:14 AM EST
    I watched it again.

    I guess there are some people in the world who like having great sex, and some people who are all about having orgasms.  I think that this show seperates out the people who like great sex from the people who are all about the orgasm.  

    Personally, I like both.  I think Six Feet Under did a great job with it's series finale, where the finale enriched everything before it, and was huge itself.  This was not at that level.  But the ride sure was good.

    I suppose one person's idea of great sex... (none / 0) (#26)
    by Aaron on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 02:14:08 AM EST
    ...is another person's mind f--k. To my way of thinking that's exactly what this episode and this entire season was and nothing more.

    And excuse me for saying so, but if you equate this episode of the Sopranos with great sex, then I think your sex life has been frighteningly deprived.  :-)

    The same people who thought this season of the Sopranos was good, I'm sure also thought Pan's Labyrinth was a great movie, and not some hyper violent, ultraleftist commentary on pseudo feminism, that failed on almost every level, and stood up and cheered because that's what they heard happened at the Cannes film Festival.


    Amazing (none / 0) (#25)
    by yetimonk on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 01:31:22 AM EST
    The smoking wreckage of the Sopranos.

    Just not the kind I expected.

    Such levels of subtlety and yet so cheap and stupid. Did anyone else think it was whiney as well?

    I loved the ending (none / 0) (#28)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 07:52:31 AM EST
    I have always been fascinated by the Mafia since my mom hid her copy of the Godfather so my brother and I couldn't look at the photos in the middle that were from the movie.  All she accomplished was making me a huge fan of mafia movies and books.  After watching the Sopranos for as long as I have I like everyone else became very comfortable with my MOB soap opera and knowing the supposed MOB rules that families are never touched until you have to touch them.  I always felt like the Soprano kids were untouchable until last night.  The ending brought it home to me that being a gangster is probably 24/7, being or living with a borderline sociopath, and living on the edge taking your spouse and children with you and it must be completely crazy having that undercurrent of "whacking" always running under your mariage and childhood.  Hey, it's pretty crazy being in the military right now and having "W" as the head of the Americana family and this undercurrent of "whacking" always running under my marriage and my children's childhoods!

    I'm satisfied (none / 0) (#29)
    by Slado on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 09:01:38 AM EST
    with the ending now that I've slept on it.   In classic Saprano's style they made you believe something was going to happen and it didn't...or maybe it did.  That was obviously the point.  More things are going to happen to this family but we won't be there to see them happen.

    Remember this show is about that family.  Those four people.  Everyone else is in relation to them and expendable.    It started out about these four people and it ended that way and even more importantly it was about Tony and did we want to see him die?

    No finale lives up to expectations, Dallas, Newhart, Cheers, Frazier etc... they all are a let down because in reality we don't want the show to end.  In our minds we say to ourselves since it's ending the last show has to last for the rest of our lives since there won't be anymore but no show can do that.   That's why there are movie sequels because any good show or movie requires more and there won't be anymore so we're dissapointed.

    Good ending to a great show.

    A Good NY Times (none / 0) (#34)
    by talex on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 11:39:11 AM EST
    writeup this morning.

    There was no good ending, so "The Sopranos" left off without one.

    The abrupt finale last night was almost like a prank, a mischievous dig at viewers who had agonized over how television's most addictive series would come to a close. The suspense of the final scene in the diner was almost cruel. And certainly that last bit of song -- "Don't Stop Believing," by Journey -- had to be a joke.

    After eight years and so much frenzied anticipation, any ending would have been a letdown. Viewers are conditioned to seek a resolution, happy or sad, so it was almost fitting that this HBO series that was neither comedy nor tragedy should defy expectations in its very last moments. In that way at least "The Sopranos" delivered a perfectly imperfect finish.

    The ending was a reminder of what made David Chase's series about New Jersey mobsters so distinctive from the beginning. "The Sopranos" was the most unusual and realistic family drama in television history. There have been many good Mafia movies and one legendary trilogy, but fans had to look to literature to find comparable depictions of the complexity and inconsistencies of American family life. It was sometimes hard to bear the encomiums -- the saga of the New Jersey mob family has been likened to Cheever, Dickens and Shakespeare; scripts were pored over as if they were the Dead Sea Scrolls. But its saving grace was that the series was always many different things at once.

    Read the rest here:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/11/arts/television/11sopr.html?ex=1339214400&en=87dfc0f102949faa& amp;ei=5089&partner=rssyahoo&emc=rss

    Slept on it (none / 0) (#39)
    by byteb on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 01:13:53 PM EST
    I slept on it and I still don't like it. It was too art school-cutesy and pretentious from my point of view.
    'Tho I gotta admit tht for those last few seconds of blank screen, we did, indeed, become united in a global village that Marshall Mcluham would have loved.

    Yeah... (none / 0) (#40)
    by Aaron on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 04:07:15 PM EST
    ...everybody thought their cable went out.

    What a jip.


    My final thoughts (none / 0) (#41)
    by Aaron on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 04:15:30 PM EST
    I love the way the critics go on about David Chase (a.k.a. David DeCesare) being some kind of literary genius for television.  Granted the show had some good plot lines, writing and dialogue.  But it would've been canceled after the first season without the horrific killings and ugly murders, that's what it's all about for much of the audience, Shakespeare and the Greeks knew that.  it's all about the blood, "it's all blood you see, blood is compulsory." Some dirty violent sex helps also.  

    Of course in this finale we got a small taste to remindus of why we really watched the show, with Phil getting shot in the head and then having that same head run over by an SUV.  But it seems that that little concession to the baser interests of the audience was nothing more than an afterthought, as well as throwing in some children in danger just for effect. How cheap, the kind of thing your average Hollywood hack writer would pull.  In reality Phil's still warm brain case would have saved the little tykes, but not in Chase's script.  :-)

    Chase was obviously trying to make a statement with this last season, a statement about his ability as a creator, apparently in the hopes of getting himself a job in the movies.  Unfortunately he made the fundamental mistake that those who find success in the entertainment business so often make, he put his artistic acumen ahead of the audience and the simple Art of entertaining people.  He got what he wanted so why cater to us or the network anymore, why should he or the writers even bother taking the time to fashion something memorable and lasting with this last season and the finale.  No reason whatsoever from his perspective, just screw with their heads, and they'll all be calling you a genius for giving everyone the artistic high-hat.

    Don't get me wrong, I respect the man who gave us the Rockford files and Northern Exposure (coincidentally a show whose demise he happened to presided over, and another show that should've ended years sooner).  What we got to see here was a man/creator who couldn't help but be affected by all those years dealing with the networks.

    Nor I'm not willing to laying this all on David Chase, the HBO network is largely responsible for the downturn which the Sopranos took some years ago.  I'm sure that Chase wanted to end it several seasons back, God knows the best writers who were helping him left the show a lustrum ago.  Undoubtedly the networks were short stroking Chase' s ego every year with more money and promises of who knows what.  The Sopranos was one of their biggest cash cows, and networks don't let that kind of thing go easily.  

    HBO also has a reputation for underpaying the people who work for them, citing the relatively small market share they get in the elitist world of pay channels.  Even their best moneymakers like this show and Bill Maher get nickeled and dimed to death.  They, like every other network, care very little about the writers or the quality of the show, as long as they can keep the people watching.  I'm sure Chase had to do battle with them in order to maintain such a high standard for so many years , and for that he deserves praise, but in the end I believe he succumbed, just as most of us would succumb sooner or later when placed under such pressures.

    Nobody Gets It (none / 0) (#44)
    by Stewieeeee on Sat Jun 16, 2007 at 06:01:33 AM EST
    In the first season, Tony's family drop into the restaurant, it's raining, the restaurant is closed, and a nice scene transpires that sets up the rest of the series.

    You don't think anything happened.

    Onion rings happened.

    A family coming back together happened.

    The last episode was pure poetry.