Since everyone and their Mother is giving their two cents on the series finale, I might as well join in.
At first, when the screen just cut to black, I looked at Molly and asked, "What the fuck?!" Did our cable go out? Did our DVR mess up?! Is that how they decided to end the entire series?! Up come the credits and then came the phone calls.
"WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ABOUT?!" My brother was a tad upset, "I WAITED EIGHT YEARS FOR THAT?!"
I tell him, "Yeah, I don't know how I feel about it. David Chase has pretty big balls to pull off an ending like that."
"FUCK THAT! I was hoping our satellite TV went out for a second..." He's seriously angry. "If we didn't have another season of The Wire, I'd cancel HBO right now!"
And you know, he has a point. Not that I'd ever actually cancel HBO, but the more I think about it, the more I feel that the ending of The Sopranos was a cop out. They knew for quite a while that this was going to be the last season. In fact they spread it out over two mini-seasons! What they left us with was a fucking "Choose Your Own Adventure."
I've read through the various posts on the usual message boards and how the major Hollywood reporters are responding and I guess I'm just in the "What a bunch of bullshit" camp.
You can over-analyze the final scene all you want. It's still incredibly tense and ultimately a let down. People have thrown out the comparison to John Sayles' LIMBO in that the screen just goes black at the most intense moment to let you make up your own mind. While that was a neat device for a somewhat okay movie, I don't want to make up my own mind when it comes to The Sopranos. It's not that type of show and the writers have been jerking us around for far too long to just end it with a "What happens next? You decide!"
Take the next-to-finale episode for example. The end shot was Tony falling asleep clutching an automatic weapon...leading you to believe a huge showdown was about to happen. I almost wish they would have just ended it then and there. Instead we get some lousy truce, too much time spent on AJ, and one dead body. Well, at least that's all they gave us, in my "ending" the guy walks out of the restroom with a bazooka and blew them all to Kingdom Come...Boy Scouts and all...
It at least would've been better than
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