The Sopranos (1999–2007)
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Tony and his family has to stay in hiding until Phil Leotardo is dealt with. His family don't like the lifestyle they have been forced to adopt. AJ and Meadow move onto the next step in their lives. Tony confronts Junior one last time.

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Tony meets with FBI Agent Harris trying to get information on where Phil Leotardo may be hiding. They all attend Bobby's funeral. Tony is in a safe house with several of his men. He recalls a conversation with Bobby about the suddenness of death. Phil is not happy his men haven't been able to eliminate his rival. Tony gets Carmine Lupertazzi to organize a sit down with Phil's men and they agree to make the peace. That makes Phil the odd man out. Janice visits Uncle Junior to tell him about Bobby but the old man's dementia has worsened and he has no idea who she is. Meadow and Patrick Parisi are making wedding plans. Paulie is feeling his age and isn't sure he wants to take the big construction job Tony has offered him. AJ announces he wants to join the army but his parents have an alternative for him. Tony, Carmela, AJ and Meadow decide to go out for dinner. At the restaurant, Tony is keeping an eye on the guy at the lunch counter and just as Meadow arrives to join them............... Written by garykmcd

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10 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Trivia

During his final conversation with Uncle Junior, Tony refers to their line of work as "this thing of ours", which is an almost literal translation of Cosa Nostra, the official name of the Sicilian mafia. See more »

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Since AJ has a history of panic attacks, a doctor would never approve his request to join the army. See more »

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Tony Soprano: [Seeing AJ jogging on the road on the side of a small mountain while driving his SUV] Get in, that's good activity, you can already see a difference
Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: Yeah
Tony Soprano: I'm going to get back at it myself
Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: I'm going to join the army
Tony Soprano: What? Did you sign any shit?
Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: No, but this week I will I've got to deal with Rhiannon first
Tony Soprano: Rhiannon? What about your mother?
Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: Her too
Tony Soprano: Are you nuts? You want to get sent to Iraq?
Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.: Afghanistan, the army's probably good for my career
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The opening credits in this episode list James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco twice. See more »

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Cecilia
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Some thoughts on the ending and season
11 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Well theories abound. If David Chase was either looking to not give an ending that could be predicted or he was simply looking to be controversial he succeeded.

One of the more popular theories is that Tony is whacked dying instantly and we see the end of the show from his perspective (I can see where we wouldn't need to see the reaction of his family). It would be a dramatic statement about how this complicated life just stops. Maybe that's it and Chase thought viewers would get it and he miscalculated. I don't see where Meadow coming to the door fit's in. Or maybe Chase was trying to say that it doesn't end and the fade out was just us leaving the viewing of that life. Maybe he was allowing viewers to decide what happened so the substantial "Gets Whacked" and "Lives On" camps could each have what they wanted.

Some of the other theories deride Chase as being chicken or lacking the creativity to write a climactic ending. Others say he's leaving open a movie possibility (He could of done that by just doing a slow pull back from the family eating) Another theory says the full ending will be on the DVD (If that was true there could be multiple ending or even slightly different final episodes)

I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I mostly enjoyed the episode but I have to give very low marks to the handling of the NY/NJ war. After years of tension the war breaks out dramatically but then ends seemingly without reason and illogically like something that has got in the way. The leap from the seasons of build-up to the actual beginning of the war also seemed kind of quickly contrived. Christopher's death also seemed like some quick idea to get rid of him and the drama over whether Tony would find out about the drugs and kill him. Where was the final build up? Did Chase simply open up too many subplots, that he created too give him more potential things to write about, and not leave himself enough time to close them with their deserved attention?

I would have to give the final season a 5, or 6 at best, out of 10 and that's without the ending which I'm not sure about. It seems definitely that there was a rush to close to plot lines that had been poorly paced to coincide with the series finale.

While the Sopranos goes down as one of the great TV series of all times It became decidedly uneven with many disappointing episodes in the last few season. It's seemed the creative drive declined before the profit drive.


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