I’ve been thinking about the End…

12 Jun

of the Sopranos that is. The more I think, the more giddy I become.

I’ve seen and heard people whining about their disappointment, no anger! at the ending. (Which is rather concerning-it would be nice if people paid this kind of anger to, oh, I don’t know, Dafur or Iraq) OMFG! They didn’t tie everything up in a nice easy to comprehend bow! OH NO!

I loved this ending. I found it very profound in the message that life moves on, and we never know. Our lives are tied up-we move from crisis to crisis, and life just….moves on.

I also loved it because that last 5 minutes, I felt the tense fear that Tony would have felt, the urge to look at each entry, the empty feeling behind his back, the seemingly nonchalance. This put a lot of the character into perspective more for me-his need to protect and relate to his family being at odds with eachother, the seemingly irrational temper. The burning anger he could never be rid of.

It summed up what the Sopranos was for me-a bite of someone’s life, of someone not so good, of a family steeped in greed and gluttony. (My personal favorite theory floating around is one that states the last nine episodes match the 9 circles of Hell from Dante’s Inferno. Chase has said ‘no’ to this, but I still think the idea is cool) The Soprano’s never gave the viewer the upper hand, never quite satisfied the fan.  (Aside from getting rid of Adriana)

TV isn’t meant to satisfy, not every time. If you wanted everything tied up and pretty, you’d go back to watching Law And Order or Criminal Minds. Chase created a very different creature, which to me, deserved a different, and better ending than just death and rainbows.

I keep thinking back to that last moment, and how I jumped and wondered.

Fucking awesome.

14 Responses to “I’ve been thinking about the End…”

  1. Jason Dufair June 12, 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    I love The Sopranos. Anna and I used to watch. Now I’m behind. We never finished season 5. I’ll probably just have to let it go now. Don’t think I could watch again. That was another life.

  2. thordora June 12, 2007 at 12:49 pm #

    We had no kids and lived in another province when it started. I know exactly what you mean…

  3. Netter June 12, 2007 at 12:51 pm #

    I told a colleague yesterday that people who are complaining about not getting all loose ends haven’t been paying attention. Chase doesn’t play by the same narrative rules as the rest of TV.

  4. Jennnifer June 12, 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    I never got into the show myself, but have read the chatter. I like the one theory of where they showed the last 5 seconds through Tony’s eyes. Maybe him getting shot? Not seeing it coming? Did the series start in the middle of crapola? So wouldn’t it make sense to end it the same way?

  5. thordora June 12, 2007 at 2:17 pm #

    There was also a line earlier in the season-Tony was talking to Bobby about getting shot, and he said something like “Everything just goes black”

    There’s been some linking to that as well…

  6. CroutonBoy June 12, 2007 at 2:29 pm #

    It took me a few minutes before the ending really sunk in. At first I was all WTF???? especially because he’d they’d built up so much tension in the last five minutes (sorta like the restaurant seen in the Godfather) and there was no release. But to your point, that’s part of what made the Sopranos so great…it didn’t conform to the conventions of television but instead conformed to the conventions of life.

    And when was the last time we all spent so much time talking about a TV show? Mission accomplished.

  7. Marcy June 12, 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    Death and rainbows — what a phrase! I might steal that for my next CD title — just kidding, it wouldn’t fit my stuff, but still.

  8. eric June 12, 2007 at 5:32 pm #

    Honestly, I thought this show got too full of it’s self a few years ago and it really hasn’t been the same since. I’ve got much more enjoyment out of Deadwood, Rome and now The Wire to be than I have about the Sopranos.

    Did I like the ending? No. However, I’m not really complaining anymore. It’s over.

  9. thordora June 12, 2007 at 5:54 pm #


    Not a big The Wire fan though…

  10. Mogo June 12, 2007 at 7:23 pm #

    The Wire is tits. I like it though, so that’s why Thor doesn’t 😛

  11. Jenny R June 12, 2007 at 8:16 pm #

    I liked your comments – I already made mention in previous post… but… I did not hate the ending – I felt it could be two ways – as someone said from his eyes all goes black and he is dead or life goes on they are not nice people and they have lives. It would of probably been a let down if all of it was wrapped up in a neat story – that is what made us watch the edgy show Chase created. Creators must be happy it is all the talk this week. I do like Deadwood and another one is Big Love – never watched wired.

  12. eric June 14, 2007 at 5:16 am #

    Rumor for Rome’s ending was pretty much it cost too much, which makes sense, they really did put a lot into that stage and enviroment.

    All I can say more about the ending of Soprano’s was… Journey? Are you freaking kidding me?

  13. thordora June 14, 2007 at 9:51 am #

    That makes sense Eric. It was pretty incredible. But it was SUCH a good show! I so want it on DVD. I refused to watch it for the first season, but got sucked in during the second.

  14. eric June 15, 2007 at 1:04 am #

    Yeah so ultimately what made it so good lead to it’s downfall but I’m glad they had the chance to finish it up at least.

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