Worst. Ending. Ever.

...in which David Chase does his best J. J. Abrams impression. I kept looking at the clock and wondering how all the storylines were going to be resolved "in the next few minutes". Later I thought, "Holy shit, Tony's gonna get whacked to Journey!"

Hey David Chase, I can do that too. I've done it, in fact. 5th grade, we had to write a short story, and I wrote one about a dude named Simon who is visiting the great pyramids and falls into a hole and winds up on another planet. As the pages piled up, the threads kept building and the plots grew more intricate. But I had no idea to write the ending so I abruptly ended with, "And then Simon woke up!"

"And then the screen goes blank!"

In the words of a memorable Conan O'Brien skit, not cool Zeus, not cool.

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Tony Soprano dead?

Received this email today, very interesting:

> >Subject: Tony - Dead?
> >
> >
> >He was killed....
> >
> > in fact, the ending was genius if you've paid attention to the show
> >or are just a fan of well developed well thought out plots that all
> >tie together and have the memory of a champ to remember it all
> >
> > the ending was simple, he got killed, but let me tell yall why and
> >explain in detail... There was 3 people in the room total who had a
> >reason to kill tony.....
> >
> > the two black guys, they were paid before to kill tony but he was
> >only shot in the ear, this was in one of the earlier seasons,
> >
> > also in the earlier seasons, the trucker who was sitting at the bar
> >stool, who the camera kept focusing in on, is Nikki leotardo, Phil
> >Leotardos nephew, he was in one of the early season episodes where
> >Phil and Tony have a sit down....
> >
> > heres where the genius comes in....
> >
> > When tonys walking in the diner,you see the camera focus on him, then
> >it switches to his perspective, and you see him looking @ the booth
> >hes gonna sit at...
> >
> > then the camera switches back to tonys face, then it once again
> >switches to his perspective, and it shows him looking @ the door and
> >looking @ the people come in..... Everytime the door opens the Chimes
> >sound....... Carmela walks in, Chimes, AJ walks in Chimes, this when
> >Meadows parallel parking, still trying to get inside the
> >restaurant....
> >
> > at this point the camera switches back to the trucker who goes in the
> >bathroom......
> >
> > Then it goes to a scene where meadow finally parks and starts running
> >in the diner....
> >
> > the doors about to open, Tony looks up....
> >
> > and No Chimes......................
> >
> > No Music............
> >
> > Everything just goes black...............
> >
> > In one of the early episodes of the sopranos, tonys talking with
> >bobby about what it must feel like to die..
> >
> > Bobby says "at the end, you probably dont hear anything, everything
> >just goes black"
> >
> > part of that was revisited in the second to last episode during the
> >last seconds of it, when tonys about to go to sleep and he flashes
> >back to the memory of him and bobby on the boat... "You probably dont
> >hear anything everything just goes black"
> >
> >
> > so in the end, the Journey song was playing, the chimes on the door
> >sounded but when meadow came in, the guy in the trucker hat came out
> >and killed tony...

This was exactly my interpretation of the ending...

...though I did not have all the background. But I was sure Tony was switched off like a light by the guy who had just walked into the men's room.

Tony got it jut like Phil Leotardo did, he never saw it coming. Viewers got to experience it pretty much as close as possible to the way Tony did - lights out.

If that was in fact Nikki Leotardo it seals the deal, strongly supporting this interpretation.

I'm not saying I thought the ending was great, but it wasn't horrible as many are making it out to be.

I gather this has all been debunked

and that there is no confirmation that Nikki Leotardo was the guy in the jacket.

I'm still convinced the guy came out of the rest room and whacked Tony just as Tony sees Meadow.

Here's something I have not seen mentioned: Tony picks the Journey song Don't Stop Believing to communicate something to his wife and he's visibly deflated when she appears preoccupied and fails to notice. Presumably it had some romantic history for them? As Meadow walks in the door he has just scanned the jukebox again and is reaching for another quarter, he apparently has a song picked out for Meadow or perhaps for the whole family together. He's still trying to communicate something without saying it at his moment of death.

Also as I heard the bell ring every time someone opened the door I for some reason though of Zuzu's line from It's A Wonderful Life, "Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.." The last bell, when Meadow walks through the door, is for Tony. Okay, this last one is a reach.

As for this being the worst ending ever

it's not even close.

The Seinfeld finale was the worst I remember, it systematically dismantled the sympathy for the characters necessary to the comedy. The Mash finale was also pretty bad for breaking the mind of the central character of a comedy.

I prefer the Sopranos finale to the Deadwood finale which essentially showed all the central characters to be craven. I can understand people not liking the Sopranos finale but it didn't do damage to the whole series, unlike these others.