10 June 2007 by Published in: General musings 11 comments

For the last eight years, I’ve been a dedicated fan of The Sopranos. I’ve seen all 86 episodes at least once. I’ve closely followed the travails of Tony Soprano and his two families, his personal family and his Mafia family. I believe that The Sopranos is quite possibly the finest television drama ever, as do many critics.

Tonight was the final new episode of the show. It was a moment that I’ve both looked forward to and dreaded all at the same time. In typical David Chase fashion, some loose ends were tied up, but many were left hanging. We will never know what happened to the Russian mobster from the Pine Barrens. We don’t know whether Sil will ever recover from his wounds. We don’t know whether Tony got indicted. We will never know whether the mysterious looking guy who goes into the men’s room at the end of the final epiosde was there to kill Tony. We will never get the answers to a lot of questions. But it wouldn’t have been an appropriate ending to this great show otherwise.

Having said that, I have to say that I was really glad to see Little Carmine step up the plate and broker a deal to end the war between the New York and New Jersey families. And Phil Leotardo definitely got what he deserved. Good riddance–if ever someone deserved to be whacked it was Phil.

The only thing missing was the ducks. It would have been appropriate if Tony had seen the ducks again while searching the winter sky a few minutes before the end of the episode. It would have brought the story full circle. But alas, there were no ducks to be seen.

I will miss The Sopranos. As a family, they put the fun in dysfunctional. 🙂 In the end, though, this great show was always all about family. So, it’s appropriate that it ended that way: with Tony’s family all together at the dinner table. What happens to them after that, we will never know. And perhaps it’s best that way.

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  1. tony20
    Sun 10th Jun 2007 at 10:18 pm

    The ducks… you’re so right…

  2. Jason Miller
    Sun 10th Jun 2007 at 10:25 pm

    No more ducks in the last episode (and Tony was outside raking leaves where he could have seen the ducks in the pool* but instead seemed at peace outside).

    I think the kitty cat (in the safe house and then in the office) was to replace the ducks.

    *Yes, I know Tony already emptied the pool in the last episode

  3. Sun 10th Jun 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Good points, Jason. I hadn’t thought about the cat as a substitute.


  4. HawkeyeJohn
    Mon 11th Jun 2007 at 11:03 am

    I must disagree with you Eric. I felt really cheated by the ending. It seemed like a real letdown, especially after the intensity of the previous 2 episodes, which I thought were 2 of the best in the entire series. It seemed to lack any closure.

    I must say I did enjoy Phil getting whacked and the subsequent “bump in the road”. You are right, of all the characters in the run of the show, he is right at the top of the need to be whacked list.

    All being said, it left me with a huge desire for more, which. I guess, is what a great series should do. I just feel really empty after watching last night.

    Oh yeah, would have loved to see the ducks come back.

  5. Michael Aubrecht
    Mon 11th Jun 2007 at 3:07 pm


    Eric, my friend… I would like to “thank” you for partially giving the episode away for those of us who had company in on Sunday and were planning on watching it TONIGHT!!! :(-

    I intentionally avoided all talk radio and internet today and thought that the blogosphere would be safe! (Just for that, I’m quoting the entire last page of your next book when I review it in the Free Lance-Star (who BTW also posted a give-away on the front page too) 🙂

  6. Mon 11th Jun 2007 at 3:22 pm


    Nobody forced you to read this post. 🙂


  7. Michael Aubrecht
    Mon 11th Jun 2007 at 3:29 pm

    How could I resist? It’s you. 🙂

  8. Don
    Tue 12th Jun 2007 at 7:00 am

    Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t yet had my morning coffee, but these comments seem similar to many of the responses of the last MASH episode. The only comparison being the much-hyped last episode, of course.

  9. ptrostle
    Tue 12th Jun 2007 at 9:36 am

    “Good riddance–if ever someone deserved to be whacked it was Phil.”

    Eric, can you perhaps rephrase that for me? 🙂

  10. Mannie
    Thu 14th Jun 2007 at 7:47 pm


    I don’t have your email address.

    Regarding the upcoming trip to Sharpsburg by you and J.D., count me in. E-mail me at museumofamerica@myactv.net and we’ll figure out the details.


  11. Thu 14th Jun 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Excellent, Mannie – see you then!


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