By requset of Sheila, I am here to comment on last night's episode, the final episode, of The Sopranos.
If you have not viewed the last episode, don't read the following.
This morning, I was watching The Today Show, and they featured a segment called "Ending without a Bang." Basically, that describes the ending, which cut to black before any action happened.
Honestly, I felt that this whole season dictated the the ending of the show. NOTHING HAPPENED! There was little action, more meaningless conversations leading to no major climaxes or problems. The biggest point of drama was when Christopher, Bobby, and Sal got shot. Otherwise, the plot wasn't far from allowing me to doze off as I anticipated bigger scenes to unfold.
So, with nothing really happening throughout the whole season, I could hardly be surprised when nothing happened at the culmination of, not just the episode, but the entire series! But, I could see why they chose this ending for a variety of reasons.
First of all, this leaves open the possibility for a movie. I would not be surprised if they took this route. The box office would crawl with Sopranos fans. Second, many other films, series, and books have left off their plot with a "create your own ending," which could be the case here if they do not choose to do a movie. They set up the scene well enough for many arguable point of view for what was to happen in those final moments. Personally, my heart was beating through my chest, but I did feel disappointment when I was lead to no conclusion, not even the one that I was dreading in those moments.
The Today Show mentioned that, minutes after the show, angry fans mobbed the HBO website with angry notes and messages (that should be interesting, so check it out today), but there was so much activity on the website that it basically froze. Who could not understand? The most highly anticipated finale of the year ended at a standstill, or as The Today Show puts it, without a bang.
Lastly, I think the "create your own ending" idea isn't always a bad one. For some reason, I think that many Sopranos fans are disappointed and angry about them substituting this for the ending. One person told me that it's a "cop out." I just think that fans want a little more closure. If anyone was a Six Feet Under fan, that show left complete closure, carrying out the lives of each character. I felt satisfied, closed with that show. With The Sopranos, I feel highly the opposite. I feel a lack of resolution, a bit of confusion.
But maybe this is exactly what they wanted. This is one of the most highly acclaimed television series of our time. Maybe they wanted to cause a stir like this. When Seinfeld ended, they used a controversial final episode that left many angry and disappointed.
When people tried to guess the ending, I thought that no one could have pegged it. A TV show with this much popularity has to come up with some original ending that fans could never have dreamed. This elevates suspense and makes the show the awesomeness that it is. So, maybe this isn't such a bad thing after all, or is it?
What do others think of the final episode?