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Thursday, June 14, 2007


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Spibby says: After leading the viewers down a path for so many seasons, show them where it was all leading. That's all I ask.

While I don't want to go into a "It was brilliant" exposition on the ending, I think that part of the reason I loved the ending is that they did show us where it was all leading. I loved the ending because its "message" is that "the life continues." If they had killed Tony, viewers might take the ending of the show to be the "end" of the Sopranos, even though "the life," the business would have continued.

The nonending made me feel respected a viewer. While I could feel equally respected by something like the Newhart ending, I would only like that in a comedy, not in a drama. The ending of the Sopranos seemed to be saying


The PTI guys totally got it right, but I'm taking the brilliance side. The more I think about it, the more I like Chases's ending because it makes me think.

Right now, I'm choosing to think that the sudden ending is how Tony's life ended--suddenly.

Chase has ended things with a whimper before, and I thought he would just end the series quietly, so I wasn't terribly surprised although I was on edge every time someone walked into the diner.

The Newhart ending remains perfect.

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