The Sopranos Final Moment -- Why It Was Great

Okay, I have heard all

the arguments

about why

The Sopranos

finale stunk. Frankly, I ain’t buying any of them.

I think those that are trashing David Chase are being shortsighted and hypocritical. Before the last episode all you heard was praise for Chase because he did the unexpected. Now, when he does the seeming unexpected the public wants Chase whacked.

Forget about it.

The show ended just as it should have. Multiple possibilities were given to us as to who might be the hit man for Tony’s final goodbye, Meadow comes rushing in the door, we see Tony look up and then black for five seconds.

Tony is dead.

It all makes sense if you use your brain a bit and don’t have to be spoon-fed the obvious. All season long has been one big hint that Tony was done for. Bobby and Tony had a discussion about never hearing the shot when it’s your turn.

Well, that is what happened. We see the end from Tony’s perspective. Blackness. Death. It’s over.

Why do we have to see Tony actually get whacked? We don’t.

In the weeks building up to the last episode poll after poll showed the majority of fans wanted Tony to live. Now, they feel ripped not seeing him massacred. What gives?

The brilliance of The Sopranos falls into two categories: the unexpected and the family dynamic. This last show had both.

According to most blogs and message boards, everybody was expecting Tony to go down in a hail of bullets. Didn’t happen.

People thought Paulie was going to flip. Didn’t happen.

All throughout the show we expected A.J. to get shot or blown up. Didn’t happen.

There was no swan song for Dr. Melfi, no return of the ducks, nor did the missing Russian turn up. That is how the show has been since it started. There have never been neat and tidy conclusions.

Furio disappeared never to be heard from again.

The Assemblyman was beaten with a belt by Tony and never seen afterwards.

Meadow’s boyfriends disappeared without a trace.

The beauty is, that is real life. Real life doesn’t always fit into a box and that is what Chase was able to capture with The Sopranos. This is why so many of us rooted for this thug. Not because we condoned his actions but because his life was full of inconclusive scenarios. Just like ours.

The family dynamic has always played a big part in the success of this show. Forget Tony was a mobster. He had a family just like ours.

He and Carmela had ups and downs, Meadow was a know it all spoiled brat, and A.J. was clueless loser. We all have family members or know people like this. We could identify with Tony’s family. Don’t look so innocent.

In the end the show ended with the family together. Tony reached out to Janice. As much as she disgusts him he still loves her. Family.

Tony even went to see Ol’ Uncle Junior. As much as Tony wanted to hate him he couldn’t. You could see the conflict in his eyes as he asked, “You don’t know who I am, do you?” We all have a crazy uncle, don’t we?

In the end, I think The Sopranos represented the American Political landscape.

Tony represented the right wing conservative. You know the kind, I am going to get you before you get me.

Carmela symbolized the American people. See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

A.J. was a typical liberal in that he cried about the state of the world while driving his BMW. Oblivious to the real world.

I digress. In the end do we really want to know what happened to Tony Soprano? Do we want see him killed? No, because we like him.

Do we want to see him get away with it? Not really, because we know he is a bad dude.

The truth is it is best not knowing.

Because The Sopranos are us. -- Mace Wilkerson

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