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That's the great thing about literature...you get to decide for yourself. There's no wrong answer.
Was Tony shot in front of his family, poetic justice for a man who harmed so many others?
Did Fate protect him once more?
It's up to you.
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There is a wrong answer though. The guy who wrote it had a thought about how it should end, and to him this ending was obviously open to interpretation but how did he think it ended? That's what I want to know,
David Chase's thoughts are certainly interesting, but they don't ultimately matter. He gave us his work and now it belongs to us. This is how literature works.
Let's turn it into more of a real-life example. Say a significant other cheats on you, but he or she says, "I only slept with my co-worker because I love you so much!" Would you simply nod and accept the clearly stated intent they've attached to their narrative?
I don't think you would.
That's what any art is. Music is the same way... the artist has a reason for writing a song, but I might find a different meaning behind it depending on what's going on with my life. You could ask the person why they wrote a certain song, but what's the fun in that?
And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.
And that's all well and good, but the ending was a cop out. I've heard every different way of looking at it, and I don't care. Shoot him or have him riding off into the sunset. This ending is nothing but a cop out. It isn't artistic it's horse poo.
I won't presume to tell anyone what the "point" of the ending was, but I'll say that it's most satisfying if you view its uncertainty as a representation of the continual anxiety with which Tony Soprano lives (lived?) his life. I know the article says that David Chase says Tony Soprano survives those onion rings, but honestly, David Chase doesn't get to say. If he wanted the ending to be explicit, he could have made it explicit. Now, his guess is as good or bad as ours, and as pointless.
I'll say that it's most satisfying if you view its uncertainty as a representation of the continual anxiety with which Tony Soprano lives (lived?) his life.
Excellent take on one of the most talked about finales of all time. I don't necessarily agree with the rest of your thoughts on it. But this one is an outstanding thought. The emotional investment for viewers that historic night was palpable.
As the creator of The Sopranos, David Chase can say whatever he wants. And he can be criticized.
And he should be criticized. Up until that last moment, the writers of The Sopranos confront. Hence, fading to black equates failing to confront.
I should clarify. What I meant by "David Chase doesn't get to say" is that he can no longer determine the meaning of the ending for us. The ending is what it is, and that is ambiguous. His saying otherwise doesn't make it otherwise. Of course he has the right to speak on the matter, but his words should be considered as no more than another thoughtful opinion.
When Chase was asked if Tony's dead in an interview with Vox, he begrudgingly responded, "No. No, he isn't."
Thank you, God. Thank you, thank you, thank you. +1 UV for David Chase and sparring Tony and the Soprano family. I'm actually in the midst of watching all 6 seasons again on DVD for the 4th or 5th time. The Sopranos never get old.
Too bad they waited too long to make the follow up movie and James actually passed away in real life. Would have been a movie I surely would have shelled out the money to see.
Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.
How true. I was hoping to see 3 or 4 films after the series ended.
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JG was adamant about not wanting to play Tony anymore. i remember reading more than a few interviews he gave about other characters in other projects that he even felt were too similar to Tony and didnt want to do those either.
What's the point in telling us now though? Since he is dead and all.
I think the point of keeping it alive was because a lot of people wanted there to be a movie to tie it all up in a bow but obviously that cant happen now. Why doesnt Chase just say yes? Does it really matter?
“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” ~ Baba Dioum
Hard to go against the creator, but it doesn't really jive with the way the scene was filmed.
Maybe I'm reading too much into it but...........
The last scene was Tony in a diner with his family. It oscillated between 2 views, Tony's POV and the camera facing him from across the table. I think people speculate the guy who entered the diner (I think with the hat) could be a/the killer. We see him coming out of the bathroom near then end. The last view with a picture was the one facing Tony. The next thing we get, which should have been Tony's POV based on the flipping back and forth was pitch black. To me, that is Tony's view and it is a whole lot of nothing because he was killed. There is your answer.
Apparently I'm wrong. Oh well, I'll stick with this theory cause it makes sense.
Its me, a viewer who demanded for years to know if Tony Soprano died because I have zero tolerance for ambiguity in art. Im good & smart
— Patrick (@pattymo) August 27, 2014
C'mon Ramzy! That's not the issue!
When millions of viewers wonder if a cable service outage coincided with The Sopranos denouement, that's bad writing.
except youre still talking about it today which means its relevant writing and the popularity and acclaim would tend to shine towards being a "great" work as well.
Being relevant is not necessarily a virtue.
Cutting to black to conclude The Sopranos was a choice anybody could have made.
The Sopranos is a marred masterpiece.
Preach on brother.
People still talk about a lot of things that happened a lot longer ago, that doesn't mean they were great. The guitar solo in cinnamon girl comes to mind.
Sort of like Walter White... his fate is left unknown.
Michael Imperioli shares his opinion on what it meant:
His cancer was about to kill him, and then he got a machine gun bullet in his belly. He dead.
That's what was to be believed but we never really saw. Even Cranston himself left the door opening saying who knows if he died.
The abrupt way it ends and the talk of it being a dream does make sense I guess. I'm old enough to remember how the show "St. Elsewhere" ended. It was all the imagination of a child. Of course Tony is alive, he just woke up that's all. THAT would suck if that's what it was. Maybe it remaining ambiguous is for the best in this case. :(
"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.
Ah, the untold ending. One of my all-time favorites with that cliff-hanger ending was Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
When I play 3-card poker when I go to Vegas this movie is the first thing I think of LOL.
That conversely was a great ending to me.
Here's a take:
In the end, life is just a one big nothing. That was a huge theme of the Sopranos. Everyone is a hypocrite is the second most common theme.
That is the way I saw it at least
David Chase says his remarks were misconstrued. Still no definitive answer on what happened.
I didn't take it to mean Tony didn't die either. That's just people really wanting an answer.
^^Excellent point at the end of the NY Times article about 2001: A space Odyssey. I truly felt that when I read the VOX article that Chase wasn't been quoted correctly. Thank you for posting. I wrote the following yesterday morning when I read the VOX article.
The Sopranos ended when it ended. It's mysterious and left to your imagination. Literally, Tony is not dead because the story ends before anything happens to him. Indeed, Tony is alive at the end of the Sopranos. Chase left open to your interpretation whether you think he died AFTER. It was all set up by the clues previously given by Chase. Truly, Kubrick-esque. He didn't spell it out for you. No easy road. The "third layer" of storyline, the hidden, the "open to interpretation", which makes the Soparanos a true work of art. I don't care whether Tony's dead or not as much as others do. I will say that Chase had a lot of balls for finishing the Sopranos the way he did. In retrospect, just fantastic. Do I think Tony died after the screen went blank? Absolutely. But that is just my interpretation.