There has been a big fuss generated around the the final episode of "The Sopranos," which concluded with a cut to black. Washington Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes referred to the show's final moments as "a 10-second-long simulation of a nationwide TiVo recording error."
In my humble opinion, the ending was appropriately symbolic. I think it fulfilled the series' reason for being. Here's why:
- The main character threw so many lives into blackness,
- It was a very family-centric (family redefined, see original poster above) ending – a major theme of the series,
- It created confusion and other strong feelings, like so many other episodes,
- It was fair to the audience, because most other series do something dramatic for ratings (remember "Dallas"?), social impact (remember "Six Feet Under"?), or other stupid reasons (remember "Seinfeld"? and
- It was inclusive, just like life.
No, the ending to "The Sopranos" was different. Now let it rest in peace.