Soprano Conspiricy Theories Abound

Soprano's Exec Producer David Chase flew (fled?) to France during the airing of the final episode and was unavailable for comment, (yeah, comments like WTF!??)

He has since given an interview with New Jersey's Star Ledger where he explained that his infamous series-ending scene was not meant to piss off fans:
"I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there," he says of the final scene.

"No one was trying to be audacious, honest to God," he adds. "We did what we thought we had to do. No one was trying to blow people's minds or thinking, 'Wow, this'll (tick) them off.'

"People get the impression that you're trying to (mess) with them, and it's not true. You're trying to entertain them."

Entertain, possibly, but the shockwaves and subsequent backlash behind this final episode are continuing to reverberate through the local media and the fans are speculating all over the place what it was they actually saw.

One local DJ pointed out that the "Man in the Member's Only Jacket" as he was credited actually played a character in an earlier episode of this season - as a cousin of Phil Leotardo. I wasn't able to confirm this, but if this is true, it would be an interesting point to end the show with (or a great start of a movie. Hmmm) It also lends some credit to the theory that Tony actually got whacked. Especially with the flashback of Tony's conversation with Bobby Bacala about how when you get it, you probably wouldn't even see it coming.

Then again, perhaps it was all just a tip of the hat to Coppola's "The Godfather" with the mysterious fashion-flawed gentlemen walking to the restroom (presumably to get a gun hidden behind the tank) or maybe he was just going to take a piss.

And the idea that this is supposed to make people think seems a bit of a stretch. Most television (and film for that matter) is designed for the dumbest person in the room. Most things are spoon fed to the viewer so that they can understand what the director is trying to accomplish. To make this intentionally vague, only confuses people and causes more speculation. Which is exactly whats happening now.

If only there was this much discussion about the show while it was still on the air, this might not have been the last season.

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