Where's my payoff?
"In the midst of death, we are in life. Heh? Or is it the other way around?"
I've watched the Sopranos for something like 8 years. I waited through interminably long breaks sometimes. Breaks that made wish for the cancellation of the show so I wouldn't have to wait. When they announced that this would be the final season I was glad. I never liked Tony. I despised the corruption. I was hoping that him and his whole dirty mob would be whacked. They are bad, bad people. I wanted that to be the moral of the story. You get involved w/the mob, here's how it ends. Umm, of course I was highly entertained by the show. I just despised Tony. I wanted him to get what he had coming.
So where's my payoff for all those years of viewing? My first reaction to the ending was "we were used!" David Chase is laughing his ass off. John said make your own ending. That's bogus! I don't want to make my own ending. But at three o'clock in the morning I woke up and thought wait a minute, I did get my payoff. All the suspicious people in that diner. The FBI after him. Taping the funeral, listening in on phone calls. There's an indictment hanging over his head. So many of the players are dead. His Uncle Junior is a ruin in a mental institute. That's a payoff for me. Even though they are sitting in the restaurant having a seemingly normal family dinner no matter how you look at it they are headed for disaster. There is no happy ending for them. David Chase did it right. It would have been boring to end it how I originally thought I wanted it. This way I had to think.