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by Richard Keller, posted Dec 19th 2007 10:01AM

What happened during the last moments of The Sopranos. Who cares?... One great TV moment.

Like you don't know what this is! There weren't that many talked about moments on television in 2007 than the one that took place on June 10th. It was the night that millions of viewers called their cable company to complain about the lack of signal from HBO. In other words, it was the night of The Sopranos series finale.

Perhaps not since the series finales of Cheers, M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, or The Flintstones was there so much talk about about a final episode of a show. But, unlike the Seinfeld finale, for example, it wasn't the whole episode that was discussed and over-analyzed. It was only the last five minutes of The Sopranos finale that was on the minds of millions. And, boy were they verbal about those last 300 seconds!

On one side you had the viewers who felt totally gypped that there wasn't a lack of closure to this long-running and lively television series. On another side you had people who thought that the finale, especially the last five minutes, was the best thing that was ever made for the small screen. On the third side you had viewers who are still wondering when they are going to get a refund back from the cable company.

On still yet another side you had people who never watched an episode of The Sopranos, or even had a subscription to HBO for that matter, chiming in on all the goings-on. That was due to the Superinfohighwaynet and our friend YouTube. Because of those last few minutes being plastered all over that site (see the below video as an example) you had a whole bunch of non-experts trying to analyze what was really going on. They joined the self-proclaimed experts who reviewed every single frame and came up with their own conclusions.

What all of this meant was ... absolutely nothing. Other than David Chase saying that Tony Soprano and his family were not riddled by bullets from the Members Only Jacket Man while they were eating onion rings like they were communion wafers, nothing else about those last moments was revealed. Most likely, they will never be revealed and The Sopranos finale will continue to be speculated on even after the robots from Alpha Centauri conquer the planet. Or, until the series finale of Law & Order features an hour's worth of white screen with a tiny black dot in the middle.

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I don't know why he decided to go that route for the finale, but it was a great season...fitting end to a wonderful show, which did change TV.

December 19 2007 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the finale and the aftermath were great TVology--if that's a word.

December 19 2007 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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