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(Daily Mail)   Cast of The Sopranos talks about the series. James Gandolfini: "When I first saw the ending, I said, 'What the f***.'"   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 98
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2012-03-01 08:27:15 PM  
You and me both Jimmy.
 
2012-03-01 08:49:24 PM  

Walker: You and me both Jimmy.


Yeah, I think that one's pretty much unanimous
 
2012-03-01 09:30:11 PM  
Cast of The Sopranos talks about the series. James Gandolfini: "When I first everyone saw the ending, I said we all said, 'What the f***.'"
 
2012-03-01 09:59:02 PM  
I wonder what all the apologists who said, "No, um..yeah...it made sense because....." had to say when even the stars were like WTF?. Luckily I gave up after the 2001 season when it became a show about a domestic dispute.
 
2012-03-01 10:57:48 PM  
It's the second part of his observation, not included in this headline or referenced in any of the comments yet, that I find more interesting. Because that progression is exactly how I felt when I watched it. In fact, the most important thing, I think, about the way it ended is how
 
2012-03-01 11:02:49 PM  
That's nothing. Last year, he talked about all the backstage parties which
 
2012-03-01 11:06:55 PM  

Pocket Ninja: It's the second part of his observation, not included in this headline or referenced in any of the comments yet, that I find more interesting. Because that progression is exactly how I felt when I watched it. In fact, the most important thing, I think, about the way it ended is how


I have to agree. After it sank in, that bit of ambiguity was the perfect ending. Particularly in light of the events that were depicted leading up to it.

/but at first I was like... SRSLY?WTF?
 
2012-03-01 11:35:17 PM  
Haters gonna ha
 
2012-03-01 11:44:03 PM  
I think everyone said "what the f*ck" when we first saw it. However, when you take 5 minutes to think about it (and look back at the contextual clues), it makes perfect sense. It happens exactly as it had to end.

Also, people who hold on to the idea that we really don't know what happened make me sad. He's dead. Deal with it.
 
2012-03-01 11:50:46 PM  
The ending didn't surprise me at all. I just sighed and said "farking artsy-fartsy farkers". In reality it's the type of shiat I would do (you know, if I could write or something) because I think it's funny, but when other people do it somehow it becomes pretentious bullshiat from hoity-toity assholes.
 
2012-03-01 11:54:52 PM  

Mugato: I wonder what all the apologists who said, "No, um..yeah...it made sense because....." had to say when even the stars were like WTF?. Luckily I gave up after the 2001 season when it became a show about a domestic dispute.


That's what it was always about.

And there ceased to be anything confusing or ambiguous about the ending when the writer gave those clues of what scenes to look back at. He was killed. He never saw it coming. DONT STOP
 
2012-03-01 11:55:43 PM  
I agree he should have gotten rid of Christopher sooner. Like the second episode sooner.
 
2012-03-01 11:56:13 PM  
Cast of The Sopranos talks about the series. James Gandolfini: "When I first saw the ending, I said

Fixed.
 
2012-03-02 12:00:53 AM  
On the one hand, you have the Sopranos, where you don't actually see the main character(s?) die.

On the other hand, you have the Shield, where Shane
 
2012-03-02 12:10:55 AM  
While Tony is almost certainly dead, I never looked at the ending like it was about Tony Soprano at all. It was about the end of the show for the viewers. If it was just about Tony, Chase could have ended with Tony going to the bathroom and that's it - you still don't know what happened to Tony. Instead, he deliberately blanked the screen for 30 seconds in the middle of a scene so the viewers wouldn't realize the show was actually over.

Yeah, it works both ways, but I like to think Chase was just farking with the viewers. It doesn't matter if Tony was killed or not - the show is over for you, asshole. It was a deliberate climax/anti-climax at the same time. He built up to a great final scene and then just quit.

It works for all of the foreshadowing earlier in the season. Instead of thinking about Tony, think about you. You never see the end coming.
 
2012-03-02 12:12:33 AM  
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What the f.......
 
2012-03-02 12:29:00 AM  
I hope Breaking Bad's is better. Sopranos and Lost's was a letdown.
 
2012-03-02 12:37:40 AM  
I wish I didn't have to keep showing this to people. It sums up exactly the conclusions I made after watching the ending several times. It is abundantly clean that Tony is dead.
Soprano's Ending Explained Pt 1
Soprano's Ending Explained Pt 2
 
2012-03-02 12:40:32 AM  

Strongbeerrules: I hope Breaking Bad's is better. Sopranos and Lost's was a letdown.


Breaking Bad could easily have ended with the last episode. In fact that's how they wrote it because they weren't 100% sure they'd get a final season. So if Breaking Bad ended right now, I'd be satisfied. Of course there are loose ends and I'm looking forward to seeing a resolution to all the characters but how they left it was a pretty satisfying ending, IMO.
 
2012-03-02 12:48:06 AM  

Lsherm: Instead of thinking about Tony, think about you. You never see the end coming.


That's how I saw it. Almost as if we all got whacked.
 
2012-03-02 12:53:06 AM  

Mugato: Strongbeerrules: I hope Breaking Bad's is better. Sopranos and Lost's was a letdown.

Breaking Bad could easily have ended with the last episode. In fact that's how they wrote it because they weren't 100% sure they'd get a final season. So if Breaking Bad ended right now, I'd be satisfied. Of course there are loose ends and I'm looking forward to seeing a resolution to all the characters but how they left it was a pretty satisfying ending, IMO.


Breaking Bad could and should have ended this season. It was a brilliantly awesome finale.

That said, I want to see more. But I'm not sure where it can go from here. In a previous Fark thread, someone mentioned Mike coming back from Mexico and taking revenge for Gus dying. But compared to previous seasons, I just don't know where the "tension" is supposed to come from now.
 
2012-03-02 12:54:37 AM  

Strongbeerrules: I hope Breaking Bad's is better. Sopranos and Lost's was a letdown.


Could be worse

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2012-03-02 01:28:28 AM  

guardian_devil: I wish I didn't have to keep showing this to people. It sums up exactly the conclusions I made after watching the ending several times. It is abundantly clean that Tony is dead.
Soprano's Ending Explained Pt 1
Soprano's Ending Explained Pt 2


Wow, I never rewatched the scene or thought too much about it. I just thought it was supposed to be left up to the imagination. Seems pretty clear from that dissection, but oh well, show's over either way. I feel like toward the end I was more on a treadmill than hanging on every episode, just wanted to see how it played out.
 
2012-03-02 01:40:08 AM  

Mugato: I wonder what all the apologists who said, "No, um..yeah...it made sense because....." had to say when even the stars were like WTF?. Luckily I gave up after the 2001 season when it became a show about a domestic dispute.


My first reaction to Gandolfini saying "WTF?" when he saw the scene was "James, did you even read the farking script?"

I didn't like it the first time I saw it, but the more I thought about it, it did make sense.
 
2012-03-02 02:14:55 AM  
I never got to see the show during it's run on HBO. I thought I would just by the complete series and watch it. However with an ending like that I will not waist my time or money knowing that there really was no conclusion the the entire effort.

I wonder how the sales for Dvd's, Blue Ray are for that series compared to other successful HBO series. I bet a lot of people like me passed...
 
2012-03-02 02:21:29 AM  
I absolutely hated the ending when it first aired on HBO. I was watching it with my family and we thought the cable cut out. I've since rewatched the entire series from start to finish three times and it's the perfect ending. The clues are all there the last season. Tony got wacked and didn't even hear it coming.
 
2012-03-02 04:03:21 AM  
who played Adriana La Cerva, reveals that she hated her fake New Jersey and that even today people still come up to her

What is it with "writers" today??? They use a spell checker, but not grammar or if words are missing totally??

(insert accent after 'New Jersey')
 
2012-03-02 04:06:54 AM  
funny, when i didn't watch the ending, i didn't say anything.
when i read about it EVERYWHERE FOR A YEAR i thought "wow...good thing i didn't waste my life watching ol' one note cottonmouth Gandolfini stumble through a show that bad..."


yay
 
2012-03-02 04:13:42 AM  

James Scameron: funny, when i didn't watch the ending, i didn't say anything.
when i read about it EVERYWHERE FOR A YEAR i thought "wow...good thing i didn't waste my life watching ol' one note cottonmouth Gandolfini stumble through a show that bad..."


yay


So, you didn't waste your time watching it, but you spent a year reading about other people watching it?

You sound like that guy that constantly mentions that he doesn't own a TV.
 
2012-03-02 05:54:21 AM  

marcre3363: Breaking Bad could and should have ended this season. It was a brilliantly awesome finale.

That said, I want to see more. But I'm not sure where it can go from here. In a previous Fark thread, someone mentioned Mike coming back from Mexico and taking revenge for Gus dying. But compared to previous seasons, I just don't know where the "tension" is supposed to come from now.


I'd like to see Q somehow find out that Walt let Jane die and taking his revenge mostly because I loved Jane.
 
2012-03-02 07:11:43 AM  
I liked the ending. I liked not understanding it.

OTOH, Six Feet Under, The Wire and Friday Night Lights all had great series conclusion (with SFU the best) and Deadwoods lack of an ending was most disappointing.
 
2012-03-02 07:42:38 AM  
If the ending to The Sopranos still bothers you, you need to watch something a little less sophisticated, like Three's Company.

/They all ride the zoo trolley at the end.
 
2012-03-02 08:14:56 AM  

Lsherm: While Tony is almost certainly dead, I never looked at the ending like it was about Tony Soprano at all. It was about the end of the show for the viewers. If it was just about Tony, Chase could have ended with Tony going to the bathroom and that's it - you still don't know what happened to Tony. Instead, he deliberately blanked the screen for 30 seconds in the middle of a scene so the viewers wouldn't realize the show was actually over.

Yeah, it works both ways, but I like to think Chase was just farking with the viewers. It doesn't matter if Tony was killed or not - the show is over for you, asshole. It was a deliberate climax/anti-climax at the same time. He built up to a great final scene and then just quit.

It works for all of the foreshadowing earlier in the season. Instead of thinking about Tony, think about you. You never see the end coming.


Except if Tony's dead who killed him? If I remember in the last few episodes all of his enemies from New York were taken care of. I think you are more right in saying Chase wanted it both ways. On the one hand he can say all the answers are there and basically that you can interpret it for yourself that Tony is dead. On the other hand if David Chase ever needs a bunch of money he can just pitch a Sopranos movie and make a crap load of money and if people ask about the finale he can just say that he never specifically said Tony died.

Plus I always thought the important part about that last scene was the line in Don't Stop Believin "The movie never ends it goes on and on and on". The life of this family isn't ending they are just closing the curtains for us so we can't watch them any more.
 
2012-03-02 08:19:50 AM  
This many years later, and people are still talking about it...
 
2012-03-02 08:25:08 AM  

Milo Minderbinder: If the ending to The Sopranos still bothers you, you need to watch something a little less sophisticated, like Three's Company.


Oh God, you're getting pretentious about the farking Sopranos? Really?
 
2012-03-02 09:00:10 AM  

Mugato: Milo Minderbinder: If the ending to The Sopranos still bothers you, you need to watch something a little less sophisticated, like Three's Company.

Oh God, you're getting pretentious about the farking Sopranos? Really?


Hey man, The Sopranos was a sophisticated show. It was a metaphor about 'mother issues,' and about the goods and bads of capitalism.

You just don't 'get it.'
 
2012-03-02 09:12:41 AM  
I just want to know what Meadow's ass looks like these days. Are her hips still spreading like an oil slick?
 
2012-03-02 09:13:44 AM  
Who killed Tony? That's easy -- Paulie, in revenge for Tony destroying the painting of him and Pie O'Mine.
 
2012-03-02 09:13:48 AM  

Mugato: I wonder what all the apologists who said, "No, um..yeah...it made sense because....." had to say when even the stars were like WTF?. Luckily I gave up after the 2001 season when it became a show about a domestic dispute.


So if you didn't watch it, how can you have an opinion about how it ended? A lot of people had no problem with it. I thought it fit perfectly.
 
2012-03-02 09:21:45 AM  
You want to say WTF to a series finale? I just watched the last episode of Enterprise last night and I'm still not convinced I wasn't the victim of an elaborate practical joke.
 
2012-03-02 09:27:27 AM  
I don't think there is much to get about the ending. It's inconclusive, because that's the way life is.

And that's why people got upset. They wanted some kind of wrap-up -- as summation of the series with an indication of what will happen in the future off screen.

The easy way out, which is what a lot of TV show makers would have done, was a pullout on the family eating dinner, leaving us with a message that despite everything which had happened over the last 6.5 seasons, the family ultimately came together and will go on indefinitely. Or Tony could have finally been killed or gone to prison -- as he noted, the two likely outcomes for a guy like him. Tony is a guy on borrowed time always waiting for the next shoe to drop. That was the ending -- the uncertainty he faces every minute of his life. When the door bell rings early in the morning, is it the Feds? When he goes to get the paper, is the car parked at the end of the driveway an assassin?
 
2012-03-02 09:34:47 AM  
Chase orchestrated one of the greatest practical jokes ever in the history of ever: Simultaneously convincing 5 million people their cable went out.

I remember the Soprano's Finale party I attended: A room full of seriously pissed off people. But, given rewatching...the ending finally made sense.

/Was convinced it was going to end with the ducks coming back..damn you Chase (shakes tiny fist)...damn you to hell!
 
2012-03-02 09:36:12 AM  
Count me in the "loved it" camp. Everything about the show--fates of characters, relationships, what rival families would do next, what the law would do next, etc--was always in flux and a big question mark about what would happen next. The ending was true to what the series had been since day one.
 
2012-03-02 09:41:37 AM  

TheLopper: Mugato: I wonder what all the apologists who said, "No, um..yeah...it made sense because....." had to say when even the stars were like WTF?. Luckily I gave up after the 2001 season when it became a show about a domestic dispute.

So if you didn't watch it, how can you have an opinion about how it ended? A lot of people had no problem with it. I thought it fit perfectly.


You missed the point. Mugato just wanted to go on record as saying he quit watching to establish his hipster cred.
 
2012-03-02 09:50:34 AM  

Milo Minderbinder: If the ending to The Sopranos still bothers you, you need to watch something a little less sophisticated, like Three's Company.

/They all ride the zoo trolley at the end.


Which episode is your favorite? I liked the one where there was a huge misunderstanding.

As for the Sopranos, I actually like the ending. The fact that so many people where, and still are, butt hurt over it is a bonus.
 
2012-03-02 09:53:22 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: TheLopper: Mugato: I wonder what all the apologists who said, "No, um..yeah...it made sense because....." had to say when even the stars were like WTF?. Luckily I gave up after the 2001 season when it became a show about a domestic dispute.

So if you didn't watch it, how can you have an opinion about how it ended? A lot of people had no problem with it. I thought it fit perfectly.

You missed the point. Mugato just wanted to go on record as saying he quit watching to establish his hipster cred.


does he have a scruffy beard too?
 
2012-03-02 10:06:24 AM  
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2012-03-02 10:15:33 AM  
Whoever wrote this article needs to proofread, holy shiat. Anywho, I did not like the ending since the Sopranos was rarely about being subtle. They showed EVERYTHING. Shoot, just a few episodes before the finally, we have a curb stomp more grotesque than the one in History X, Phil getting his head run over by a car, and a reference by a goon to shooting a load on Meadow's mouth. NOW the arseholes decide to get artsy, with the ending? That's what drove me nuts. Sure the show had plot lines that never went anywhere and it drove us all crazy, but it never shied away from being brutal....until the farking very end, and that was disappointing.
 
2012-03-02 10:23:24 AM  
Who is being pretentious? I'm not even saying The Sopranos was a sophisticated show. I'm just saying something a little more straight-forward might be more your style.
There is so much similar crap on TV; having something different is refreshing.
 
2012-03-02 10:36:58 AM  

BeatrixK: Chase orchestrated one of the greatest practical jokes ever in the history of ever: Simultaneously convincing 5 million people their cable went out.


static.guim.co.uk
Slightly amused
 
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