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TOPIC: The Sopranos - the last episode

The Sopranos - the last episode 29 Oct 2007 12:16 #144

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Does anybody on the forum watch The Sopranos? Would you care to discuss your reaction to the last episode? Specifically the final scene of the last episode. I haven't bothered trawling the internet for opinions - I know there's alot out there - but I'm curious what anyone here thought about it?

Here's what a guy [Jack Seale] in the Radio Times said:

"A brilliantly erudite comment on Tony Sopranos's life, on death, on families, on us as voyeurs of all this violence and dissipation, or on all/none of the above. The last thing you expect, but a perfect way to wrap up, it's sad, beautiful, thrilling and cheeky all at once."

Does anyone agree with that?

I think he gets a bit carried away because he also says "We won't ever see a drama as good as this again". Hang on - that's a bit depressing isn't it? I don't think I agree with him there - possibly because (unlike him) I can't predict the future and am unable to foretell how good the television drama yet to be made or broadcast will be.

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Re: The Sopranos - the last episode 30 Oct 2007 12:22 #149

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i'm afraid that i don't share his enthusiasm for the final scene. it seemed an anti-climax to me, which is a shame given how good the rest of the final season was. in short, it scored quite highly on the 'meh' scale.

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Re: The Sopranos - the last episode 30 Oct 2007 12:38 #150

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Yeah - I don't know what they were trying to "say" - if they were trying to "say" anything - but I was left feeling slightly bemused. Perhaps I'm just not clever enough to understand.

The fact that it was the last episode ever, you felt that they would end it in some way that clearly marked the series as being over - such as having Tony die, or get imprisoned, or something that would give it a definite ending that they couldn't come back and make any more from. It may be that they were deliberately playing with our expectations but if so I don't think it actually achieved anything by doing so.

I do think that the trailers on Channel 4 added to the hype and eventual disappointment too - the way they were advertising the last series and then the final episode made it seem very dramatic. They threw in 'RIP' and cut in the explosion - which was actually just AJ's car on fire - all leading to an expectation of a big dramatic climax.

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Re: The Sopranos - the last episode 30 Oct 2007 13:13 #153

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Mm - I tend to agree.

I liked the bit where Phil Leotardo's head got squished though.

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Re: The Sopranos - the last episode 30 Oct 2007 14:32 #155

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but they may have all been killed... from makeitupipedia:


one argument for [them all being whacked] points to a conversation that tony had in " soprano home movies " with his brother-in-law bobby in which he comments on how suddenly and without sound death can happen in their lives as gangsters.<sup class=reference id=_ref-perfectend_0> [8] [/sup] when questioned on the theory, hbo spokesman quentin schaffer stated that the conversation is a legitimate hint.<sup class=reference id=_ref-rubouttheory_0> [9] [/sup] the final scene showing a man credited as "man in members only jacket" who goes to the bathroom has been interpreted as a nod to tony's favorite scene from the godfather in which michael corleone retrieves a gun from the bathroom before shooting his enemies.<sup class=reference id=_ref-forbes_0> [10] [/sup] the jacket has also been speculated to be a reference to the title of the opening episode of the season , where tony is shot, and as a symbolic reference to membership in the mafia by the 'mystery man'.


i thought that it was a rubbish ending. but them i'm a philistine and an idiot. i want everything explained to me. i prefer the original version of bladerunner to the director's cut. no need to remember that the origami model of the unicorn and the unicorn imagery points to.... well whatever it's supposed to point to.... you just get harrison ford explaining it all for you at the end. it's the same with 2001. i only like the middle bit, but not the beginning and the end...because i don't have to worry about interpretation and imagery, it's just a mad computer. anyway, i'm off to burn some books.

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Re: The Sopranos - the last episode 31 Oct 2007 08:51 #157

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Hmm. I must admit I thought the scene was heading towards something happening - and there seemed to be something going on with that guy as the camera kept going back to him and he seemed restless/nervous. But the way it ended just left me going "Whuh?".

There's been an underlying tension throughout the season and the feeling that it can all erupt into violence at any moment, so I had an expectation that there would be a dramatic conclusion. Having read what you've just written it makes sense but leaves me feeling stupid and inadequate. What's the point of having a clever ending if you have to read about it online to fathom what actually happened? Perhaps we're just not very bright - but what percentage of the viewers "got" what was going on? Ho-hum.

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Re: The Sopranos - the last episode 05 Nov 2007 15:54 #160

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It was definitely a big let-down. It wasn't even a clever ending really was it? It was more like they ran out of money. I suppose it leaves it open for them to make some more if they wanted.

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