This will be an episode people will complain about, I suspect. But the point of the show was that it was about Tony Soprano and his family, not the mob. That’s why it ended the way it ended.
Plus, to be cynical, they had to leave the door open for something down the road. Tony chose “Don’t Stop Believing” for a reason. David Chase does great things with music.
In the end, Tony is us. His job just happens to be mob boss. We all have family members who drive us crazy, co-workers like Paulie Walnuts we can’t count on and worries that it could all come to an end. We’re all selfish to some degree yet try to do right in the end.
What a great show. If not the best drama in the last 25 years, it’s on the short list with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, ER and West Wing. Those last few minutes were engrossing.
I’m glad Tony lived. A.J., not so much.