I’m weighing in here. I loved the ending of the Sopranos. It was amazingly real. I still can’t believe Melfi fired Tony, though. I wrestled with that more than the ending.
My unfinished business with The Sopranos:
What was the significance of Meadow’s poor parallel parking issue?
AJ–what a fruitcake. He’s making movies, he’s joining the army, he’s working at a pizza joint. He is all of us, really.
Tony. I do love him. Outrageous, disgusting, appealing, cool. An irate father, a dishonest husband, a really really BAD friend.
Carmela. She really knew all along, didn’t she? She had to play the game to get the stuff that made the man and the family *work*.
Junior…where are his teeth? That place was horrid.
Silvio…coma? His wife filing his toenails was a truly gross shot.
I miss Christopher. The cat had it right all along. Christopher didn’t die.
And here is the final song: By Journey.
PS-I found this on a blog and it helped me to understand the finale a bit better:
Most people have missed the subtle clues that Tony was already dead when he arrived for the final dinner. He in effect did not realize he was dead until Meadow opened the door and he looked up.
The clues are as follows:
Tony is not wearing the same shirt seated as he had on when he walked in.
Tony pauses and he looks up to see himself seated at the table.
Aj walks in as if the guy in the Members Only jacket was not present ( a fellow ghost or the guy who pulls the trigger when Meadow opens the door and Tony goes to black)
The black guys and the guy in the USA hat give futher credibility that Tony is dead watching himself.
Check the episode when Tony had a near death experience in Orange County, as the ending was exactly the same type down to the song, AJ commenting about onion rings yet when they arrive Tony then remarks that he ordered them before they all got there.
I like everyone else thought originially that Chase’s fade to black was to leave the ending to our imagination, but now I am convinced it was a masterful way of showing that Tony was dead already!!! Best show ever in the history of T.V. !!!