Post by Ian J. Ball Post by EGK
Some spoiler space if you've never gotten around to watching The Sopranos.
If you haven't, you really should. :)
I finally watched the series last summer on Amazon Prime and was ready for
the ending. The fade to black. I was just talking with a friend who I
talked into watching it. He loved the series but was pissed off at
He apparently lives in a cave so never heard how it ended.
I'm curious what people thought who watched it when it originally aired vs
people like me who binge watched it much later. I think I would have
probably been mad at the ending too if I had spent years watching. I
remember reading at the time of the finale that a lot of people actually
thought their cable had gone out. I'm not usually a fan of endings
that because I like to see closure.
Of course the creator of the show, David Chase, still won't give a concrete
answer as to what happened. I can see the foreshadowing that Tony was
killed. Especially in the scene at the lake with him and Bobby Baccala
fishing. "you probably don't even hear it coming".
The alternative is life just went on...
I saw it when it originally aired, and also went "WTF?..."
But it's subsequently been explained to me what it meant, basically as
you say - in some earlier episode, somebody says "You never hear the
bullet that kills you." (or maybe it is "you probably don't even hear it
coming"). So that's what the ending meant - Tony was indeed killed, and
you hear nothing when it happens because "You never hear the bullet that
Chase basically confirmed this in a recent interview when he let slip
something to the effect of "...now that Tony is gone".
Nope. We picked up in the middle of Tony's life with no warning, and we
bowed out the same way.
The final scenes that were full of overshadowing were just illustrating
how Tony lives his life. The guy on the stool going into the bathroom,
etc. Those ominous scenes is how Tony looks at everything in his
life... as if every moment and little thing could be the last thing he sees.
You entered at one random moment in his life FROM black, and you exited
in another TO black.
The whole point is that Tony WILL die someday, and he COULD be whacked
at any moment.
That's how he has to live his life... taking in each detail around him,
as if it COULD be his last.
But there is no indicator that he dies... the rest of the scene is shot
3rd person, not POV.
History will show when Tyranny came to the streets of America, the 3%,
Militiamen and Gun Nuts, who like to dress up as GI Joe in tactical
gear, were nowhere to be seen.
But a bunch of Moms dressed in yellow, wearing bicycle helmets, stood
tall. - Rob Chappell
"Leaders who have hidden in a bunker and gassed their own citizens
include Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler and Donald [Bunker Bitch] Trump." -
REAL PRESIDENTS LEAD. REALITY TV PRESIDENTS DON'T.
Trump: "No, I don't take responsibility at all." - 3/13/20