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The Sopranos Ends With a ...

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the quick-complain-in-the-forums dept.

Television 519

If you still have your copy sitting unwatched on your Tivo, I'd suggest that you stop reading before you are spoiled. The show is done at last and apparently fans are freaking out over the bizarre ending. At my house, we thought at first that the DVR crashed until the credits appeared in silence. Personally I thought that a show known for such excess tried to take an artful bow: It didn't work for me, but I get it at least. Anyway, I had a number of Sopranos submissions this morning and figured I'd just post this comment to give people who were interested in discussing the end of the show a nice place to discuss before they cancel their HBO.

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He's dead, Jim (4, Funny)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464297)

He's dead, Jim.

Re:He's dead, Jim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464457)

sup /b/

Re:He's dead, Jim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464885)

One word - MOVIE

mmhm... (5, Insightful)

Mockylock (1087585) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464301)

It completely sucked. It left you with thinking "he either got shot.. or didn't get shot."

I guess their main objective was to leave question, but leave everyone realizing that he's got to spend the rest of his life in anxiety, wondering if he's going to get shot at any time.

Re:mmhm... (0)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464509)

Actually, I think that the ending brings the question back to the viewer, and the viewer's desire for a just or balanced moral universe, at least in fictions. We want closure in our stories because we despair of having it in our lives. I unapologetically believe that tragedy, and narrative that denies that kind of closure, is more grown-up and artistically viable than stories which satisfy that itch to see wrongs righted, the meek inheriting the earth, and everyone living happily every after (or at least stewing in their just desserts.)

Kudos to the creators of Soprano for refusing that kind of pablum.

Re:mmhm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464631)

Damn, parent post was a clicheic string if I ever saw one..

Re:mmhm... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464981)

I unapologetically believe that tragedy, and narrative that denies that kind of closure, is more grown-up

I unapologetically believe that you are an arrogant snob.
Sad-ending vs happy-ending, or realistic-ending vs fantastic-ending, is just a matter of taste, not a matter of maturity.

Intelligent dialogue might be more "grown up" than fart jokes, but only someone who wants to gaze down his nose at anyone with different tastes would say tragedy is more grown-up than comedy.

Re:mmhm... (5, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464513)

he either got shot.. or didn't get shot.

If Schrödinger wrote the script, all you had to do is open your TiVo box to know.

Re:mmhm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464759)

Hey, Schrödinger never said anything about voiding the warranty...

Re:mmhm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464765)

And subsequently gas the whole family while opening the tivo...

Re:mmhm... (1)

Angry Black Man (533969) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464829)

Supposedly the cat which we were repeteadly shown in the beginning but not in the end, and didnt know if he was killed or not, represented shroedingers cat. Which is what ended up happening to Tony.

Re:mmhm... (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464831)

Sounds like the final scene from Dallas, to me. Funny parallel, that.

The Sopranos (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464315)

I never was an avid fan of the Sopranos. My roommate was seriously in love with it and I'd catch an episode with him. I've seen only a handful and they spread across a broad spectrum from an interesting first season episode full of mob action & scheming to a kid shitting in a shower and stepping on it. Ok, so maybe I'm oversimplifying the episodes that slowly build up family strife and psychological problems that must come with being in organized crime families.

Last night, it was very easy for me to accept the ending of the series finale. Because I wasn't addicted to the show. Logically, not all mob stories end in a Scarface-like explosion where everyone dies ... if they did, mobsters would have just killed each other off. But there are smart mobsters out there and what I took the ending to mean to me is that Tony is, after all, a smart mobster. He made it. Guys around him were dying left & right and his time had come but he struck a deal after holding out. I think they killed his brother or at least someone close to him but he was smart enough to write that casualty off. Not a lot of people could do that. Maybe this series chronicles the growth of an intelligent mobster? The old Tony might have made an offensive after that.

I kept waiting for an assassin to pop out & kill Tony for the last half of the show. But, I didn't have a reason why that should have happened. Am I so trained by movies & books on endings that I can't accept one without a climax? My roommate new it was coming because he kept looking at his watch and saying stuff like "ok, shit better start happening because they've only got like 15 minutes." But you know, you're at the mercy of the writers and creaters of the show.

It was unorthodoxed for it to end that way. I'm reminded of the utter ripoff I felt when I saw the last episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion. But that was due to funding, I think this was the idea of the minds behind the show. Good for them. I like seeing deviations from normality when I don't have to suffer from it. :)

In the end, there were a lot of things that weren't wrapped up and I think that's the big problem a lot of fans are having to deal with. I think the reason so many fans are going to feel this is that the show started off as a badass mob series that attracted viewers of a certain nature who enjoy living a vicarious life of crime. Unfortunately, the ending just wasn't juicy enough to satiate that kind of appetite and I think that's why you'll hear so much about this. Personally, I liked it although I recognize that too many questions were left unanswered, too many futures were left uncertain & too many problems were left unresolved.

But, hey, that's life, isn't it?

Re:The Sopranos (0, Offtopic)

giorgiofr (887762) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464497)

I'm reminded of the utter ripoff I felt when I saw the last episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
GAAAH the pain! The agony! Why did you have to bring this up? Back then, I felt so deceived. Later on, after the trembling and self-clutching and the head-against-wall-bouncing, I started to think better of NGE's ending. NGE's main themes had been perception of self, identity crisis, fear of abandonment etc. for the whole series. Sure, I didn't like it when they did not bother to explain anything about the background story, but the movies make up for that.
That said, GO AYANAMI <3 <3 <3

Re:The Sopranos (-1, Offtopic)

Ultra64 (318705) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464499)

Why does everyone complain about the end of Evangelion? I thought it was perfect.

Re:The Sopranos (0, Troll)

Trigun (685027) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464581)

Yeah, it was the first 23 episodes that sucked. The ending credits of the 24th was the series highlight!

Whiny punk-ass emo kid. Just shut up and kill.

Re:The Sopranos (-1, Offtopic)

OriginalArlen (726444) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464787)

At the risk of wandering slightly off-topic, the theme tune ("Woke up this morning") is by the UK - Brixton! - band Alabama 3 [alabama3.co.uk] , who absolutely fucking rock live. Highly recommended if you get the chance to see 'em live.

Sweet goddamn pretty motherfuckin country acid house music all night long!

Re:The Sopranos (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464669)

Why does everyone complain about the end of Evangelion? I thought it was perfect.

The complaint was about the last couple episodes of the TV Series, not the End of Evangelion movie. Though apparently there is a compelling theory out there that the two are not only compatible but in fact take place at the same time (some flashes in the episodes are of events from the movie.)

Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations, you made her sick.

Re:The Sopranos (0, Offtopic)

Ultra64 (318705) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464731)

Yeah, I meant the end of the tv series. I thought it was great the way shinji worked through his mental breakdown and came out of it a better person. That is what evangelion is really all about. The giant robots fighting angels is just the background on which the story happens.

Re:The Sopranos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464825)

"But, hey, that's life, isn't it?"

No, it is entertainment. If I want life I'll watch a documentary and even those are passed through the director's filter.

So it ended... (4, Funny)

ellem (147712) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464317)

and I canceled HBO.

Not just because the ending sucked but because there's nothing else I watch on those channels.

But that episode really sucked. I get it, "You won't know it's coming. Everything will just go black."

I don't care.

Besides I really wanted to see Meadow and AJ beheaded. There I said it. I can't take it back. It's out there.

Re:So it ended... (-1, Flamebait)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464395)

and I canceled HBO.

So, as soon as The Sopranos ended last night you picked up your phone and called your cable company to cancel your premium package?

No offense, but I think you're lying.

Or maybe you're just being clever and failing.

Re:So it ended... (1)

jaredmauch (633928) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464431)

Actually, I already cancelled my HBO this morning. It's simple through the DirecTV website, just a few clicks and you're done. Sorry you're an unbeliever, but some of these companies at least have some tech clue and good integration to make it happen. I know last time I made a programming change, it took only a few seconds for my receivers to be "updated" and to start getting the channel (or not).

Re:So it ended... (1)

OS24Ever (245667) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464479)

Entourage entertains me, if it wasn't coming back in a few weeks i'd have turned HBO off as well. once it's over though, HBO is off again until it comes back.

Re:So it ended... (1)

Kiaser Zohsay (20134) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464747)

Entourage entertains me, if it wasn't coming back in a few weeks i'd have turned HBO off as well. once it's over though, HBO is off again until it comes back.
There's a new Cathouse on Saturday.

Just so you know.

Re:So it ended... (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464489)

I don't watch The Sopranos, and I didn't watch the last episode. What actually happened? Send me a private message if you don't want to post a spoiler.

Re:So it ended... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464761)

The removed all the thetans from their bodies and reached OT 3. This angered the church of bad SciFi who sued them off the air.

Re:So it ended... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464507)

Try 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. Pure hilarity.

I've also heard that 'The Wire' is an exceptional show.

Re:So it ended... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464537)

I haven't seen the last episode of Sopranos yet, probably won't, but it couldn't have been any worse than the end of Deadwood. The most raw, violent, sinister show on TV ends with everybody just agreeing to disagree and riding off into the sunset.

What is wrong with HBO?

Re:So it ended... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464771)

I canceled HBO when they took Carnivalle off the air. That finale was anything but, and yet they proclaimed that they were satisfied with how everything was wrapped up. HBO is run by cowardly network execs. Unless a show is really cheap to make and follows a nice 'safe formula', don't get too hooked on it, you never know when it might abruptly end.

Soprano's and tech? (-1, Offtopic)

haluness (219661) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464319)

Whats the connection? Has this become a movie/tv site?

Re:Soprano's and tech? (1, Redundant)

Karganeth (1017580) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464345)

I agree. This has nothing to do with tech. It sucks. Soprano's isn't even a sci-fi.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (1)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464441)

The motto for the site is "News for nerds, stuff that matters". I think the ending falls under the second part of that. While it may not matter for you, it matters for the expected 10m people that watched last night. If you don't want to read about the Soprano's, don't click on the thread. Seems pretty simple to me.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464591)

I don't want to read about the newest Tampax product either. Would it be OK to post about it on slashdot, and then I just ignore it and don't click on the link?

Re:Soprano's and tech? (1, Insightful)

haluness (219661) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464595)

The motto for the site is "News for nerds, stuff that matters". I think the ending falls under the second part of that

I always thought that the "stuff that matters" actually mattered - like rights, events and so on, with a tech flavor.

It is unfortunate that a TV show now comes under "stuff that matters". I'm surprised that we don't have Paris Hilton updates as well - I'm sure that matters to a good number of people.

Mod this whole thread offtopic already (1, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464767)

It is unfortunate that a TV show now comes under "stuff that matters".
I'm surprised there are still idiots who come in threads to complain about the thread. How hard is it to just go "that's not interresting" amd to move on?

I don't even watch that show, I just came to know what's the big deal about the ending. I do not, however, want a list of the stuff you don't care about, so STFU already.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464603)

And there are about a million websites devoted to TV shows and their fans. No reason the interested slashdotters can't go there. Just because it matters to someone, doesn't mean it belongs on slashdot.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464969)

No, post the thread to a TV website, not a tech one. Most people don't even get HBO and of those not all give a flying fuck about that show.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (1)

NeoTerra (986979) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464357)

It's about the 42"+ Plasma or LCD. (But they left that part out)

Re:Soprano's and tech? (1)

Albanach (527650) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464379)

Why did you click to read it? Did you expect a tech link?

It's a news site with a heavy tech influence. Get over it.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (0, Troll)

haluness (219661) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464391)

I just clicked to reply, not to read

Re:Soprano's and tech? (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464521)

I just clicked to reply, not to read

In which case you're absolutely at the right site.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (0, Offtopic)

u-bend (1095729) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464455)

They're testing their new "-1000000000000 Offtopic" rating designator. But now it's for stories instead.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464505)

Whats the connection? Has this become a movie/tv site?

The fact cmdrtaco got several submissions on the topic?

Re:Soprano's and tech? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464531)

Prolly Taco just wanted to get it out of the way, so we can get back to discussing tech stuff without people filling the firehose with Sopranos submissions and the system grinds to a halt since there ain't anything else left.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (5, Informative)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464605)

From Slashdot's own FAQ:

Why did you post story X?

Slashdot is many things to many people. Some people think it's a Linux site. To others, it's a geek hangout. I've always worked very hard to make sure that Slashdot matches up with my interests and the interests of my authors. We think we're pretty typical Slashdot readers... but that does mean that occasionally one of us might post something that you think is inappropriate. You might be interested in my Omelette rant.

Personally, I have a pet peeve when people post comments saying things like "That's not News For Nerds!" and "That's not Stuff that Matters!" Slashdot has been running for almost 5 years, and over that time, I have always been the final decision maker on what ends up on the homepage. It turns out that a lot of people agree with me: Linux, Legos, Penguins, Sci (both real and fiction). If you've been reading Slashdot, you know what the subjects commonly are, but we might deviate occasionally. It's just more fun that way. Variety Is The Spice Of Life and all that, right? We've been running Slashdot for a long time, and if we occasionally want to post something that someone doesn't think is right for Slashdot, well, we're the ones who get to make the call. It's the mix of stories that makes Slashdot the fun place that it is.

Slashdot is meant to be a giant mixing bowl of stories. They focus primarily on the tech but there are some things that pop up other than tech or sci-fi stories that are worth noting

Re:Soprano's and tech? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464623)

ditto.

i heard enough of this bullshit on the morning "news". i dont need it here as well. i'm sure there's a lost blonde girl somewhere that more derserves our wasted time.

Obviously you aren't paying attention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464637)

When Tony was shot last year he got a bionic arm and ears, also season 2 took place entirely on Europa.

Re:Soprano's and tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464889)

if you don't like it, perhaps you could use slashcode to make your own site.

Never watched it (-1, Flamebait)

lecithin (745575) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464327)

And never will.

Popular online explanation (excuse) (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464337)

That sense of tension and anxiety at the end is how Tony has to lead his life, every minute of every day. He doesn't know what's going to happen next, and now you know what that's like.

Hey, this is like theold days... (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464349)

Back when Slashdot was just a "stuff that Taco thinks is cool" site. I miss those days.

Re:Hey, this is like theold days... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464813)

Command her Taco? I hardly know her!

News For.... (2, Troll)

The Media Mechanic (1084283) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464361)

News for Couch Potatoes. Stuff that doesn't matter.

Can I see the rest? (1)

GreggBz (777373) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464369)

I felt like I was watching a David Lynch movie. It was a pure WTF!?! moment. I have psychological blue balls. As others have said, I think the cat was either Adriana, or Christopher. Despite the trick ending, there were a several fascinating plot tidbits.

The rest... (1)

Mockylock (1087585) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464407)

The rest will probably be the full-length movie they're talking about.

I thought EW had a pretty good take on the ending (1)

sdo1 (213835) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464423)

I've read a few things this morning... I rather liked Lisa Schwarzbaum's writeup in Entertainment Weekly [ew.com] .

My wife was horribly dissapointed but I'm glad we get to wonder what they might be doing now, albeit without us watching...

-S

As a european ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464427)

It's not been broadcast here yet, you insensitive clod!

Re:As a european ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464559)

It's not been broadcast here yet, you insensitive clod!

Let's see...There's nothing in the summary that gives anything away, other than that the ending was bizarre. Any European interested in the show with half a brain would know not to even think of clicking on this article, since its entire purpose is to discuss how the show ended. So either you're incredibly dim, or you're a troll...

He's dead (4, Insightful)

avalys (221114) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464443)

It was pretty clear to me that he died. Remember the flashback in the previous episode, where Bobby says "You never even hear it when it happens, do you?" Implying everything just goes black - you're dead before you even hear the gun being fired. Well, that's exactly what happened. The last thing Tony say was Meadow walking in the door.

Earlier in the episode, he was eating an orange, which is a reference to the Godfather files that has been made before in the series. They signify death, don't they?

I thought it was an excellent episode. It would be so cliche if they just showed him getting his head blown off, or even ended with a black screen and gunshot. If you pay attention, you pretty much know what happened. But you have to think about it.

Re:He's dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464675)

He is NOT dead. The last frames were of Tony not of Meadow. That guy never came out of the bathroom and there was no gun or gunshot. The last shot is us looking at Tony. We are not seeing it though his eyes. We are looking at his face. This isn't Goodfellas: think harder (or watch the last scene again).

Re:He's dead (3, Insightful)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464713)

No, what happened is that all the fanboys and fangirls wanted it to end with a big grisly bloody killing spree and Chase didnt let it happen. The suggestion here is that their lives go on but you dont get to watch them anymore. Plus not killing off the main Sopranos family opens the show up to movies.

The oranges, etc are red herrings. The show is full of red herrings. Not to mention that the show isnt from the POV of Tony, so going black doesnt mean the "camera" died.

Re:He's dead (1)

essence (812715) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464959)

what happened is that all the fanboys and fangirls wanted it to end with a big grisly bloody killing spree
Yeah. I was actually hoping he would put that machine gun to use!

Re:He's dead (1)

MontyApollo (849862) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464853)

That was my first gut reaction in that instance too, though I'm not fully convinced the more I think about it. What kind of helped sell it for me was what happened to Phil. I kept thinking he didn't even know that he was being whacked - it just went black for him. If I was Tony I would have wanted Phil to know that he lost and I won - just give a him a slight moment of "oh crap!", then whack him. So it kind of made an impression on me that Phil had none of that, just black. So that was my first thought there at the end when it went black. (Actually it was my second thought, my first thought was that my Tivo was jacked.)

Other people have good arguments too, so I'm not sure.

Re:He's dead (1)

TJamieson (218336) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464859)

Sorry, on The Sopranos it's always eggs that indicate death. Funny enough, egg substitute often means 'extreme injury' (see Tony's girlfriend catching fire in Season 6).

Re:He's dead (3, Funny)

Jonny_eh (765306) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464865)

He might also have not been shot. I just had to point that out.

It ends with a what? (0)

A_Non_Moose (413034) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464461)

Ba-wimper?

A Wang?

What? You could at least have taken first post to get things started.

Now I'm curious, so I'm off to TV w/o pity just to find out...sheesh, so much for
getting work done...don't wanna spoil it?

Bah!

Lady or the Tiger? (2, Interesting)

pedropolis (928836) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464491)

After 8 seasons I was hoping for an ending that was little more then a riff on The Lady or the Tiger, with a parsnip of The Godfather all set to a Journey soundtrack. Chase apologists will say this was an artful conclusion to the series, but that only stands so long as there is no Sopranos movie. It's an audacious end to the series, but as with most great TV shows an 8 season burden of developing plots cannot be concluded in 65 minutes with total satisfaction.

Who cares? (-1, Troll)

kooky45 (785515) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464501)

I don't!

Ask? (-1, Offtopic)

repvik (96666) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464519)

And this is in "Ask Slashdot" why?

Sounds like.... (5, Funny)

Torqued (91619) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464523)

Sounds like they got the Seinfeld writers to come out of retirement to do the series finale episode.

The music says it all.. (1)

jeillah (147690) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464525)

They played "You keep me hangin' on" by Vanilla Fudge 3 times through out the episode and finished with "Don't stop believing" by Journey. Oh there will be a movie alright...

Re:The music says it all.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464977)

I'm pretty sure the thugs in the diner weren't there to fulfill a contract on Tony, but only to get a bite to eat. It was only when Tony chose to play that execrable Journey song on the jukebox that they decided to shoot Tony. Anyone who likes that Journey crap deserves to be whacked.

"Slashdot (-1, Redundant)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464549)

News for Gangsters. Stuff that sleeps with the fishes."

Hey Editors:

Just start some new sections: cultural flotsam and jetsam, political outrage, social commentary, etc.

But keep it out of the tech please.

Or will I be forced to send someone over from my nerd posse and make you an offer you can't refuse? Capisce? I won't talk about this matter again, know what I mean?

Fitting (-1, Troll)

Stumbles (602007) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464575)

Perfect way for a POS show to end. Nothing with the first episode, nothing in the middle and nothing at the end. Good riddance.

B-bye HBO (1)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464593)

I could have tolerated the ending of the Sopranos if Deadwood was still there to help you fogetaboutit. But they canceled that, too. Didn't even bother to wrap it up. Suck ending to the Sopranos, no Deadwood and instead some stupid surfer show that doesn't even make sense and Big Love which should be renamed Big Snoozer. No decent concert series, their comedy shows have gone down the toilet and all the movies you want to see are available on Netflix. C'ya.

That giant sucking sound you hear today are millions of people just like me canceling their subscription.

Re:B-bye HBO (1)

artaxerxes (94297) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464657)

Wait, don't cancel... one more season of the best show on HBO, and on television in my opinion.

The Wire.

non-conspiracy explanation (1)

glorpy (527947) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464601)

He lived, always a little unstable, always a little wary, but part of both families. Real life has loose endings and the ending reflected that.

Big Pussy and the Zombie Mafia (5, Funny)

TheFlyingWonka (1107171) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464619)

You know, I came up with a rather nice ending about a year ago that involved Big Pussy coming back from the dead as zombie and using voodoo to take over Tony's crew, then going to war with Phil and then the rest of the Five Families. I even wrote a theme song (to the tune of the Three's Company theme song)...such a pity they didn't use it. Now that would've been a great setup for a spinoff. People like the mafia, they like zombie flicks...how could it fail?

Re:Big Pussy and the Zombie Mafia (1)

grassy_knoll (412409) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464827)

You know, I came up with a rather nice ending about a year ago that involved Big Pussy coming back from the dead as zombie and using voodoo to take over Tony's crew, then going to war with Phil and then the rest of the Five Families. I even wrote a theme song (to the tune of the Three's Company theme song)...such a pity they didn't use it. Now that would've been a great setup for a spinoff. People like the mafia, they like zombie flicks...how could it fail?


Comming next: "a made for sci-fi orginal movie"

Re:Big Pussy and the Zombie Mafia (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464875)

People like the mafia, they like zombie flicks...how could it fail?
Will zombie Yakuzas [imdb.com] do?

errr end (1)

vx922 (1108955) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464629)

i think i will go watch the who gives a shit channel

spoiler alert! spoiler alert! (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464685)

This mental patient wakes up and we realize the whole series was just a dream.

Re:spoiler alert! spoiler alert! (2, Funny)

robbkidd (154298) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464791)

This mental patient wakes up and we realize the whole series was just a dream.
Just so long as the mental patient doesn't get up from bed and find Bobby in the shower.

It was a comment on our current state of FEAR! (2, Insightful)

c1one (830882) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464701)

Life goes on even though there is the impending "threat" of violence. It was an attempt to let us see through this character's (Anthony's) eyes a constant threat, similar to that of many Americans. If you let it consume you, you will end up anxious or worst case scenario, preemptively attacking another country, "God forbid."

TV.com (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464707)

I don't watch this series, but it was interesting to see how the rating was on TV.com [tv.com] . I guess everyone didn't like this series finale. :(

HBO giving the finger to the Tivo generation.... (3, Interesting)

technomom (444378) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464717)

HBO hates, hates, hates time-shifting and anything else that replicates their content without paying them tribute. It was not in their best interest to put on a great show that would be Tivoed and passed around the internet.

It has been stated many times that Chase filmed several endings. He did not do that to keep the actors and writers from knowing the ending.

He did that so that HBO could put the better, alternate endings onto highly marked up "collector's edition" DRM'ed DVDs for us to buy.

Here's my belated Sopranos prediction: Within a few short months, certainly in time for Christmas, the alternate endings will appear on DVD. This will be heavily advertised. The base price DVDs will be a piece of crap. Ysou'll have to buy the collector's edition to get the alternate endings plus other "exclusive" content. The DVD will use a "better" encryption than ever before, followed by the inevitable posting of the decryption key or keys by some geek on digg.

It's not personal, it's just business.

I never watched ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464735)

The show. Not the finale or any before.

Now I know how the people feel who never watched Star Trek :-)

Question for older fanboys (1)

alienmole (15522) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464779)

I'm curious, of the people who watch Sopranos and are old enough to have gone through the previous pop culture obsession with the mob, around the time of The Godfather, what's the attraction still? It all seems so '80s to me.

This probably reads like a troll, but I'm genuinely interested, because I so don't get it. Think of it as a personal failing on my part, and point out the cultural riches I'm missing out on.

Re:Question for older fanboys (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464989)

I'm curious, of the people who watch Sopranos and are old enough to have gone through the previous pop culture obsession with the mob, around the time of The Godfather, what's the attraction still? It all seems so '80s to me.
Crime and violence never go out of style.

Made the viewer feel like Tony... (5, Insightful)

minniger (32861) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464785)

At first I was like: WTF?

But then I realized we were looking at every action around him as a source of danger... Expecting anything to happen. And for that short few minutes we knew what it was like to be Tony. Could be the FBI waiting to grab you, could be some hired killers edging their way toward your table and entire family, the whole damn place could explode, etc...

No nice tidy bow wrapped ending for us or Tony, just another rev of the same wheel.

But what about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464811)

I still want to know if the Russian is dead or not.


      -- chud

Offer the viewer no solace (3, Insightful)

grev (974855) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464833)

I don't believe there is a correct interpretation of the ending, I think that's the whole point. Offer the viewer no solace, force them to think about what they have just watched, and let them decide on what that may be, regardless of what it is.

Huh? o_O (-1, Redundant)

morari (1080535) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464923)

How is the ending of a popular mobster show "news for nerds"?

...a cop out (5, Insightful)

killmenow (184444) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464927)

That's exactly what the series ended with. You can read into it all the "meaning" you like. The fact is, the writers, directors, producers, et. al., left it wide open. "How do we end it?" they all said to themselves. Then, HBO executives, said: "Just don't. Don't end it at all. Don't have Tony dead. Don't have him in jail. Don't have him run to his new FBI friend and make a deal. Don't resolve anything. Don't do anything that will lock us into or out of possible future revenue. Just cut to black." And the rest of them, in unison, standing their in muffled awe, breathed "Genius."

before they cancel their HBO... (1)

PaulMorel (962396) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464929)

too late. Also, to all the people saying Tony's dead: he might have just been pinched by the FBI. That ambiguity is the lousy part. I agree that signs point to him being dead; it's strongly implied, but it's not absolute.

Tony did not die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19464941)

That would be too easy, too typical and not at all keeping with the series. The show died.

Will the sequel be "The Contraltos"? (1)

baomike (143457) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464983)

I'm waiting for "The Baritones" an Italian Immigrant singing group with ties to the mob , making their way up the charts with
less that honest methods. Trouble ensues when the tenor of the group falls for a bass and the plot turns fishy.
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