The Beginning of the End

Suddenly, we empathize with the FBI.

As "The Sopranos" -- HBO's landmark mob hit about both family and the Family -- nears its series finale June 10, our speculation grows about what will happen in the show's big finish. Unfortunately, there's not a reliable informant to be found.

Tony, like all of the show's fans, await the final June 10 verdict. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

Like the G-men on the show, we find ourselves on the outside looking in, and no one affiliated with the series is "dropping dime" about major plot twists. (Will Tony Soprano be whacked? Will rival Phil Leotardo get vengeance?
And will wife Carmela sell both homes and soul?) We seek tips. We need leads. We want names. But there's not a "canary" to be found in the crew; heck, not even Tony's beloved ducks are squawking to the press.

We even looked show creator David Chase dead in the eye this season, in hopes it would be a window to a sole story-line. We shook his hand, smiled, then grilled him in the hopes he'd tip his hand. The man, alas, is as cool as calamari on ice. Makes Paulie Walnuts look like Barney Fife, in fact.

So in our desperation, we're turning to the next best authority: "Sopranos" addicts. We're giving youse wise guys the same job to pull as we've given several of our Style writers: Tell us by blog-post how you see the finale playing out.

Who might sleep with the Hudson River fishes? Should there be a bang-bang showdown at the Bada-Bing? Could someone in Tony's crew or family turn on him -- or might Melfi have to break doctor/mob boss confidentiality and rat him out? And might Tony, locked in a battle with the New York mafia, turn tipster to federal agents?

If the FBI won't help Tony, we'd be happy to offer journalistic protection. But first, he -- like you -- has got to give us something . . .

--- Michael Cavna,
TV Editor, Style

By Christian Pelusi |  May 31, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  | Category:  Introduction
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I think it's too obvious of an ending to have Phil Leotardo kill Tony. There's too much outright animosity between the two and while it looks like a war is about to erupt between Jersey and New York there's only two episodes left. I think Chase is using this subplot as a ploy. It seems more fitting/tragic for a minor character such as Janice to kill Tony. I could even see Patsy Parisi as a rat, giving Tony to the Feds (for killing his brother). I also think the whole situation in the episode with AJ will make Tony rethink his position and career and that he will actually try to leave the mob life. Either way, I don't see Tony surviving.

Posted by: Darren | May 31, 2007 12:08 PM

I think the 1st episode held all the clues. The murder that Bobby committed isn't as clean as all involved thought. Some piece of evidence will link him to the crime and he'll rat out Tony. After all, Tony's disparaging remarks to bobby and to Janice have gone past the point of mere irritation.

Posted by: Uncle Junior | May 31, 2007 12:11 PM

I think the 1st episode gave fairly strong hints. In the end, Bobby will give up Tony to the feds. The murder he (Bobby)committed wasn't as clean as everyone thought and a piece of evidence will likely lead authorities to him. It also fits in with the family theme- Tony's treatment of Janice has become far more than a minor irritant to Bobby.

Posted by: Andy | May 31, 2007 12:24 PM

Tony talking to the feds about the Arabs will be misinterpreted by one of his gang. Seen as being a rat, Tony will be whacked. Soon after it will be revealed that his cooperation helped to avoid a major terrorist attack. Tony will be buried as a hero.

Posted by: alvin | May 31, 2007 12:24 PM

Remember the alternate universe Tony was in while in a coma from his shooting? This other world and other character Tony became were never explained after he awoke in the hospital. Could that be something Chase is keeping in his back pocket for the ending? Otherwise, it would be totally irrelevant, and we've learned over the years that nothing in The Sopranos is irrelevant.

Posted by: Don | May 31, 2007 12:30 PM

I see two potential ends to the series: One is a very sudden, unexpected shot to the back of the head to Tony from one of Phil's guys...or someone from one of the unexplored threads from the earlier episodes (remember the angry black cop who ended up working at Fountains of Wayne after Tony put in a few words with his boss? The Russian guy from the Pine Barrens? etc.)...or a street criminal. The other would be Tony's final victory over Phil Leotardo, but with Tony being found with the smoking gun by the FBI or the cops...

Posted by: Dan P. | May 31, 2007 12:41 PM

Actually, I didn't know until this season started that it was going to be. I thought season 6 was the last. The closing scene, with Tony and his family at dinner and Tony saying, "This is nice", seemed like the most realistic ending. No final judgment. No just desserts. Just a continuation of the saga of shame and murder, disguised with a facade of normality.

This should have been the ending - this is the truest hell.

Posted by: Bill | May 31, 2007 12:54 PM

A war erupts between Tony and Phil. A leak from Paulie to Phil's crew results in an attempt at Tony's life that kills Carmela. Paulie gets whacked. Phil's a goner. AJ gets involved with the college boys and they form their own junior crew. The series closes with Tony crying in Dr. Malfi's arms.

Posted by: John | May 31, 2007 12:54 PM

Look it here. Tony will survive. Will kill off Walnuts and his big mouth. Phil is a dead man. Carmella will do what all good Italian princesses would do, ignore the obvious and play loyalty to her man, regardless.

Pussy should come back from the dead and run the NY mob.

Posted by: Jersey Fred | May 31, 2007 12:55 PM

I believe Meadow will get killed as a case of mistaken identity (driving Tony's truck)by the NY Mob. Meadows death along with the her spec house caving in (killing the married couple and their child) will cause Carmela to commit suicide. AJ will get out of the Mental Hospital and get a job sweeping floors at a candy store in Bloomfield, NJ. Tony will use the A 10 machine gun, the one that Bobby gave him on his birthday, to get revenge on Phil and others in the NY mob who murdered Meadow. Tony and Dr. Melfi will become lovers and move to Italy and open up a pizza parlor.

Posted by: D. Shakir | May 31, 2007 12:59 PM

If you have a Directv DVR, the tv guide downloads the next 2 weeks of programming. One only has to forward the guide ahead to June 10th, to see the program description. They always post the subject line, which is always true.
Good luck, and goodbye Sopranos, we will surely miss ya. Please consider the big screen? . . .

Posted by: Jim from Littleton | May 31, 2007 01:05 PM

Tony gets whacked by whoever, and Meadow pulls a Michael Corleone by turning her back on law school and taking over the family business.

Posted by: Godson | May 31, 2007 01:05 PM

When Tony goes to his next appointment with Melfi (who's been looking at him in a new light ever since Elliott told her about the "sociopath" study), she interrupts him when he moans about AJ. "Cut the crap. If you really cared, you'd leave the life and do whatever you could to save your family, including cooperating with the Feds." Enrraged, Tony lunges at her, but is tripped up by the table. Melfi backs away, twists her ankle and hits her head on one of those ugly sculptures. She dies in his arms. But Tony, ever the sociopath, wipes down the office, grabs her computer and papers (thank goodness she's a neat freak), and leaves. Unable to stay away from her funeral, Tony tries to watch from a discreet distance. Unfortuantely, he is seen and attacked by Elliott, and the FBI, who've been trailing Tony to stay in practice, arrests them both. Based on Elliott's charges, the FBI shows up at Tony's house with a search warrant and catches Carmela unawares. They find all kinds of things (the money, the guns) of interest. What links Tony to her death are the few drops of blood from the abrasion left on his leg by his encounter with the table. Final shot: as his lawyer outlines the charges against him and tries to aly out defense options, Tony stares out the (barred) window at some flying ducks.

Posted by: half-Italian | May 31, 2007 01:09 PM

The ducks will come back in the end.

Posted by: rp | May 31, 2007 01:16 PM

The FBI develop a second RICO predicate (the first being the dropped gun) by torturing Ahmed and Mohammed about the terror financing scheme and connect it to Tony. They give Tony a chance to cooperate if he gives them tips on New York. He does after Phil unsuccessfully tries a hit on Tony. His cooperation is a secret so he can keep an eye on the docks for terror information and also give tips on the NY mob.

Posted by: jon | May 31, 2007 01:33 PM

Adriana didn't die. She has been living under an assumed name in upstate NY, wheelchair bound.
She learns that Christopher has died and drops the dime on Tony. He gets arrested and sent away for good.
Carmela decides to live abroad.
Meadow takes over the business.
AJ ODs and dies.
The ducks fly south.

Posted by: aw | May 31, 2007 01:36 PM

Tony must live on, tormented, in the spirit of Michael Corleone. Phil is too trivial a rival to have the honor of killing him. Since the opening, Tony has been dissatisfied w. the Life, and at the hospital recently, he urged Phil to make peace, "There's enough for everybody."

So those around him, poisoned by greed, including Carmela (she must face how she's lived & then die/leave Tony) must desert him. True Hell is the shoulda, woulda, coulda he'll suffer through, perhaps in prison. If he's betrayed secrets, he'll be hunted, even in prison, as a snitch -- and be given what he fears most, true isolation from others and from nature (the ducks)!

Posted by: mickey | May 31, 2007 01:43 PM

Melfi's been cooperating with the Feds the whole time...

Posted by: Toad | May 31, 2007 01:44 PM

HEre's what I think. Does anyone remember Patsy last episode, getting an extra 10 seconds or so leaving the Bing, telling Tony that they need to catch up? Plus, Sylvio in the coming attractions, said that "He's been playing for both sides." This could mean that Patsy has been giving information to the NY crews, OR, Paulie, has been doing it. Because if you remember, Paulie was freinds with Johnny Sacs. It wouldn't surprise me if Paulie gets whacked, leading up to some shocking finale.

The ultimate ending, is Meadow. She said she's dropping out of school, and is sounding confused on what she wants to do. Then she goes and tells Tony that Coco came up to her and we all saw what Tony did. That could mean, that Meadow, innocent as she is, may inherit the business shoudl Tony get whacked.

Either way, I really hope something bad happens to Phil's sidekick, what's his face.

The end!

Posted by: Danny P | May 31, 2007 01:59 PM

1. The dude Bobby killed in Montreal was actually Janice's son "Harpo." When he finds out, he kills himself in grief.

2. Patsy Parisi has been feeding info about Tony's family to Phil (that's how Coco happened to stumble upon Meadow at her date with Patsy's son). Patsy gives Phil info to set up a hit on Tony, but it goes wrong and Meadow is killed.

3. Using info provided by "Larry Boy" Barese, the feds have flipped Sil. Sil drops the dime on Tony, and he is indicted for a slew of crimes including ordering the murder of Aidriana.

4. Dr. Melfi visits Tony in jail, and he is finally forced to drop his self-pitying front and acknowledge that his actions have shattered his family and left him facing a bleak future without a single friend.

Posted by: Mustang Sally | May 31, 2007 02:00 PM

Far too obvious to have Tony killed. Certainly some other major characters will go-possibly Phil-maybe Carmine jr. will reclaim his leadership position.

Whatever happens precisely, I see the final scene at the Bing or Satriale's with business as usual-our thing goes on. (This not because of the possibility of a film following the series, but because Chase has consistently avoided the obvious and the superficially satisfying)

Posted by: Wotan | May 31, 2007 02:08 PM

One more thing. Does anyone remember that whole thing with NJ not allowing the last scene to be filmed in the Ice Cream parlor that they wanted to? Well that could mean, that it is another parlor, Tony is getting some ice cream, turns around to walk out, someone is standing there with a gun pointed at him, and then the end, leaving us wondering about a movie =)

Posted by: Danny P | May 31, 2007 02:11 PM

If it's obvious enough that we can guess it, they won't do it.

The only question is whether all the clues and subplots get resolved. My suspicion and fear is that they will not. There are way too many things that could come back and not enough episodes to wrap them up.

Too many bodies that can turn up. Too many potential rats. Too many potential revenge killings or beatings. And then there is the "next generation" spinoff potential with Tony's two intriguing kids AJ and Meadow. Carmella herself seems like a repressed but rumbling volcano. Paulie has that annoying needs-to-be-killed thing going. Sil's character is due for an uptick in screen time. There are feds and Arabs out there. And of course Tony's hallucinations and his crazy uncle. Bobby Bacala's loyalty seems to be always about to reach its limit. Janice is unstable. It goes on and on.

The only thing certain as that we'll be left feeling unresolved. Please please please, creators of the Sopranos, lure one of the Soprano children into the Mob so we can have even the prospect of a spinoff.

Posted by: | May 31, 2007 02:13 PM

Anybody who predicted suicide has been watching too much daytime drama. One intriguing idea however, is what happens to Carmela if she gets proof that Tony ordered the hit on Adriana. Carm always suspected, but it would make her come to terms with it and that would not be pretty.

Posted by: | May 31, 2007 02:17 PM

The key factor: Asbestos

In the last several weeks, they keep focusing on it. I like the Meadow suggestions above - another tie-in with the garbage they are dumping.

Posted by: Jay | May 31, 2007 02:30 PM

Tony and Melfi finally sweat up the sheets together, then go into the witness protection program. Meadow takes over the family business and orders hits on Paulie, et. al., in order to tie up all the loose ends. Carmella hies herself to a nunnery. Fin.

Posted by: Steve Tuttle | May 31, 2007 02:40 PM

Phil reaches out to Silvio and tells him he can avoid a war by taking over as the new boss in Jersey. Silvio invites Tony over to the Bing and shoots him in the head. As Sil stands over Tony's body he says "I always liked you, Tony. This was strictly business."

Posted by: Derick S. | May 31, 2007 02:51 PM

A LOT of ominous plot threads in the Sopranos are red herrings, to contradict an earlier poster. Furio's disapperance (I was sure Carm was building the dream house for herself and Furio, at least in the back of her mind, then her cousin Brian moved in). Valery's apparent escape in the woods. Ray Curto's ratting. Vito Spatafore's son. Paulie's infinite betrayals. Tony walking away from the Johnny Sack bust. Carmela's periodic obsession with Adriana. Bobby's shirt. The list goes on and on.

All the characters have these ghosts chasing them, and it's beyond silly to think any one of them is going to determine the final outcome of the series. But that's not to say they are meaningless in terms of sort of defining this universe.

The Kevin Finnerty Show was probably just a brilliant realization of a comatose consciousness. What seemed an annoying break in the continuum at the time was well executed allegory of the things T needs being just beyond his reach, but I hardly see it defining the series' climax.

And all this about Melfi flipping, Melfi getting killed, etc. Ridiculous. As for the Feds, there is nothing she can give them! NOTHING. Same with Meadow - too derivative of GF3, while the Sopranos has excelled for 7 years as the anti-Coppola version of the mob.

Phil wants empire, Tony wants out, and neither can get where they want to go in the face of the rules of that life. So sure, one or both could end up dead, Phil being more likely because he's already sick. My guess is neither will completely get what he wants, unless T gets the drop on Phil but spares him in a deal for safe passage out and protection for his (immediate) family. Paulie is most likely to take a bullet (fatally or not, and he seems to know this), to redeem himself.

Posted by: Barone Sanitation | May 31, 2007 02:54 PM

The episode with Paulie and Tony disappearing to FL for a couple of days while things simmer down in NJ after the discovery of the body of someone killed by them in the 80s is the biggest foreshadowing to the series' end. On the boat, Tony contemplates killing big mouth, Paulie - but in the end, doesn't do it. All the while, Paulie has been building up resentment for years against Tony. I see Paulie killing Tony - to keep the series' irony in check.

Posted by: Connie | May 31, 2007 02:58 PM

I think the FBI agents are still watching Tony and are not terrorism agents.He will be arrested but not before he kills Phil.Ido think its a good possibility that a family member gets killed.I dont think Tony gets killed because there could be a movie down the road and they want to keep him alive.

Posted by: Mark | May 31, 2007 03:02 PM

I believe AJ will kill Tony to stop the cycle of life from repeating itself. AJ has been disgusted by his fathers lifestyle and career path. He is also disgusted by his fathers disappointment in him. Regardless, can't wait to see how it plays out.

Posted by: Carol | May 31, 2007 03:53 PM

Carmine Jr. has been playing both sides against each other. Despite his litany of malapropisms, he's not the stupid oaf he appears. He has Tony kill Phil, and then kills Tony for the hit on Rusty, and takes over both families. Remember toward the end of season 5 when his guys told him to step up, and there's that ominous shot of Carmine in front of the fireplace, and he says "that's not how i want to handle it." There ya go.

Posted by: Joel | May 31, 2007 04:03 PM

Tony rats out to the feds and gets a 10 year sentence. He was going to get 15 years like Johnny Sack, but he gets credit for helping the FBI discover a terrorist plot.

Ten years from now, in 2017, HBO starts the Sopranos anew with Tony out of prison.

Posted by: Walt | May 31, 2007 04:07 PM

When I was looking at the HBO website for the Sopranos, they listed episode #85 as being part of season 6B.

Was this in error? If not, there should be a 7th season as well or am I missing something?


Posted by: Susan | May 31, 2007 04:09 PM

Phil's crew will kill Paulie, whose luck at playing both sides has finally run out.

Tony will go after Phil and take him out.
Little Carmine will step into the leadership void and there will be peace again between NY and NJ.

Melfi has been packing heat in her office since being attacked in the parking garage, and in one of their sessions, right at the moment of 'breakthrough' Tony rushes to kiss her and she misinterpets it as an attack, she shoots Tony, guaranteeing her a lifetime of therapy.

Sil takes over, and unlike the coma, has thought about succession and chooses Angie (Pussy's widow) as his consigliare. Sil starts making moves to make the business less high risk, closer to legit like the Bing. End of an era.

Regardless of the ending, it will be one to savor, and it is fun to sit here and speculate what could happen. Any of the previous posts or none of them could turn out.

Posted by: Peter | May 31, 2007 04:32 PM

I like what "Barone Sanitation" had to say about neither Phil nor Tony getting what they want. I think there's been some hints that Phil is working with the Feds now. Tony's always been lucky- not busted with Johnny Sack, survived a gut shot - he always seems to squirm his way out of trouble. I see two ending scenarios, both with Tony living: (1) he'll kill Phil and Carmine Jr's will "take over" NY, but have Tony run all the jobs. In this scenario, Phil, Sil and Bobby all get promotions and Paulie gets whacked or (2)Phil is working with the Feds and Tony gets lucky agian because of the tip he gave the feds and Paulie dies in the process of killing witnesses.

Either way, AJ's already posing a threat(he could drop a dime or explode) to Tony and Carmela is bound to put the pressure on if any heat comes their way. AJ reminds me of Janice, he could take off. I could see Meadow ending up a mob wife, the way she never thought she would be, just like her mother.

Posted by: Meadow Soprano | May 31, 2007 04:39 PM

Before the last new episode, I was sure that Chris was gonna get busted for killing JT, and flip. Since that's not happening and there's been such a focus on AJ with his sensitivity to violence. I bet he'll get over the sensitivity somehow, kill Uncle Junior to get into his dad's line of work.

Posted by: Poor Christopher | May 31, 2007 04:48 PM

Paulie will die in a gunfight that kills Phil and Little Carmine will take over NY. AJ joins the Peace Corps or Army and gets out of town. Uncle Junior dies. Meadow is pregnant, has a shotgun wedding and ends up a "mob wife". Tony steps back further and lets Sil start taking over. Carm is relieved Tony is stepping back and continues to supress her suspicions about Ade.

What would be really unexpected is if Uncle Junior spills everything but isn't taken seriously because he's partly demented.

Posted by: Paulie's Doomed | May 31, 2007 05:02 PM

If you remember the highlights from the beginning of the season, Tony, Carm and Meadow rush into to the hospital. That scene hasn't been shown yet, so I think AJ kills himself in the psych ward.

The other factor is the potential for a Sopranos movie. If they are going to make one, they can't kill everyone, can they?

Bobby is the one playing both sides of the river, for Junior. Bobby gets whacked and somehow Tony finally gets to finish off his uncle Jun. Tony finally has it out with Phil by backing little Carmine to take over. Once this happens, he's out and leaves his interests to Meadow and Patsy's son.

But before Tony can get finally out of the mob, the Czechslovakian interior decorator re-emerges and takes down Paulie.

Posted by: Czech Interior Decorator | May 31, 2007 05:41 PM

If anyone tries to wack Tony it has to be Pauly working for Phil. Pauly has been acting like a "little girl" since he found out his mom was really his aunt. I think Tony and Phil get a tip that Pauly is prepared to kill him and they (Tony and Phil off Phil, Pauly and the guy who looks like Igor (Phil's guy). Or, Tony gets shot up pretty bad with Carmella after dinner or something like that and Meadow runs the family with Sil and Pauly helping her.

Posted by: 82AllAmericans | May 31, 2007 05:55 PM

I like what Alvin said about the terrorist attack. If David Chase didnt right that he should have. Pure genious.

Anyway, I think they should do a 6 feet under ending, show when all of them go down eventually in a time line order.

Obviously Bobby Baccalat will choke on some capacola or some skungili. Im sure I spelled that wrong.

Posted by: Mark | May 31, 2007 05:57 PM

I think Tony ends up having to make the same choice Christopher did with Adrianna: he has to off Carmela. Something happens that puts him in this situation, where he must choose between eliminating one of his two families forever. Not sure if he does it, but I bet that is the last episode.

Posted by: The Governor | May 31, 2007 05:59 PM

Silvio finds out from a cop-contact of his that Paulie has flipped, and that it happened off-screen, shortly before season 6b started.

He tells Tony about it at the Bing, followed by a long conversation about how they are going to handle the situation. This is what is meant by He's playing both sides of the fence from the previews.

Tony reveals to Silvio that he was considering killing Paulie on the boat in "Remember When", and regrets not doing it when he had the chance.

Silvio gives Tony a weird look because he?s not sure why Tony would have wanted to kill Paulie, since he hadn't known he flipped, he wouldn't have had any other good reason.

This leads to an argument, in which Silvio begins questioning Tony's leadership and the amount that he cares about looking out for his crew. Tony explodes, and ends up hitting Silvio. Silvio turns back around and hits Tony, and as Tony falls backwards, Silvio realizes what he's done and runs out of the Bing.

Phil decides to retaliate for the fight Tony had with Coco. He says that his decision is to take out Tony's crew one by one.

Bobby does in fact get killed in front of the model train store however, his son is not with him.

AJ escapes from the mental facility by jumping out of a window into a dumpster.

However, he lands awkwardly and sprains his ankle. He starts calling for help, and nurses from the facility come out and have to help him back in to the building.

The Feds are talking about LCN and one is talking about Paulie Walnuts coming in handy in their case against Tony. The other agent corrects him, say that it is actually Carlo that they flipped recently. The other cop is stunned, but he never gets a chance to get back to Silvio with the truth.

Tony gets a call from Silvio on his cell, who is calling to ask for forgiveness. Tony had a Melfi scene in which he realized Silvio might have been right in his opinion of Tony, and is no longer really mad at Sil. Tony tells him to meet him at the Bing to talk, and that they can't let their feud distract them from taking care of Paulie, who will be a big problem.

Tony is late getting to the Bing because Carmella calls him to say that there's something wrong with AJ, and so Tony has to meet her at the hospital first.

Silvio gets to the Bing and is confronted by two hit-men that were hired by Phil. Having never seen the killers before, he is shot dead believing that he was actually set up by Tony. Patsy comes out as the murder takes place, and is caught off guard. The hit-men think they must now kill Patsy too, but he manages to narrowly escape on foot.

AJ begs to come home and Carmella tells him that she can't take all his nonsense anymore, and that she can't emotionally handle it.

Tony stops by the Bing and when he learns what happened he quickly leaves, afraid he will be in danger too. At home, he gets a call from Janice that Bobby was shot dead. He tells Carm, who breaks down and cries again ? Between AJ and Bobby, we see her really begin to lose it in this episode.

The episode closes at Silvio's wake. Patsy is there and has told Tony what happened. They are also talking about Bobby. The rest of his crew is there at the service to, trying to get Tony to start a war with Phil and retaliate.

Tony just stands there in silence. At the end of the episode, he sees some flowers that were sent with a card on it from the FBI. Tony looks thoughtfully at the card as the scene fades out, and we're left to wonder if that's the only place left for Tony to turn.

Posted by: buzzy | May 31, 2007 06:04 PM

Sil,or Little Stevie was asked a couple of weeks ago in an interview if there will ever be a Sopranos movie. He answered that it better be a prequel, because there ain't no one left in the end.

Posted by: Dave | May 31, 2007 06:05 PM

I believe Tony will finally have to deal with his B.O.

Posted by: Thelonemule | May 31, 2007 06:08 PM

Tony ain't goin' nowhere! He stays. Paulie's out an' Patsy stays. Silvio's solid! Meadow? Dat's another story --- to be gotten to later. Like in two years from now, all you halfa-fenooks. Some kinda artistic meal ticket, dis thing of theirs. Not so bad, though. Takes up a Sunday night
an' gets us away from da baloney. Or is it the cappacolla? You tell me!

Posted by: Enoch | May 31, 2007 06:09 PM

carlo kills tony or somehow betrays him.

Posted by: walnuts | May 31, 2007 06:21 PM

Having achieved enlightenment, T certainly must die.

Posted by: chris m | May 31, 2007 06:30 PM

Can't kill Tony...that eliminates the possibility of a Soprano's movie. The ultimate ending will be to have Tony move his ops to L.A., and next season incorporate his story into The Shield and have Vic Mackey and his strike team (who make the Soprano mafia family look like Boy Scouts)do battle with him. Or, maybe they should kill off Carmella, whose maternal solution to her son's fit of suicidal depression is to make him his favorite meal, and forever relieve her of her monotonous Catholic guilt. Or maybe it will have a real shocking ending; i.e., have his 2 loser kids move out of the house and find there is a life away from the dump AKA known as the Garden State. At any rate, given the show's history of failing to live up to the hype of a pow season ending, I'm not counting on anything big. But I will watch it.

Posted by: jay byrd | May 31, 2007 06:30 PM

You guys are missing the AJ story line ... he is clinically depressed and seems to be anxious about what's happening in the Middle East because of what he learned in class about it ... combine that with Tony "ratting" on the Muslims at the mosque ... and you could have an explosive ending ....

Posted by: Howie | May 31, 2007 06:33 PM

T ends up preventing a terrorist attack and becomes an unlikely hero. Due to the media/fed attention, he can't be boss and Sil takes over. This is of great relief to Carm that T gets out, but she's worried for Mead who gets married to Patrick. After all the crap Carm took from Mead about being married to the mob, Mead is headed for the same life. AJ is the mystery, if Chase always does the unexpected, I wouldn't expect AJ to kill himself. Maybe he'll get into a fight with another patient and accidentally kill someone and end up in the psych ward or prison.

Posted by: T's a Hero | May 31, 2007 06:34 PM

I think Tony will get nailed on an utterly mundane charge (kind of like Capone and tax evasion) when the EPA goes after the asbestos dumping. My real hope, however, is that Carmela will find out that Tony ordered Adriana's death and will kill him or at least finally leave him for good. Too bad Meadow can't take over--she's the only one with the brains--but since she's a woman it is just not going to happen.

Posted by: Barbara | May 31, 2007 06:55 PM

I think Tony will get nailed on an utterly mundane charge (kind of like Capone and tax evasion) when the EPA goes after the asbestos dumping. My real hope, however, is that Carmela will find out that Tony ordered Adriana's death and will kill him or at least finally leave him for good. Too bad Meadow can't take over--she's the only one with the brains--but since she's a woman it is just not going to happen.

Posted by: Barbara | May 31, 2007 06:55 PM

I believe T won't survive and leadership will pass on to his son.

Posted by: Alec | May 31, 2007 07:02 PM

Tony, unfortunately, will have to die, as in all "De Casibus Valorum Ilustrium" tragedies. I am struck of the Oedipus/Hamlet references: the damaged foot of the welsher, the uncle who shot him, the mother's plotting to kill him.

A.J. will have to kill Tony Sr. in order to end the "defective genes" of the Soprano family, and to complete the Oedipus cycle. This tragic ending will be put in motion by the Janice, who's husband, Bacala, is clearly the traitor.
Tony will defeat Phil, but will be killed in the process. Someone other than a "Soprano" will lead the New Jersey mob, and the The "Sopranos" will be no more.

Posted by: Michael | May 31, 2007 07:17 PM

Tony has an affair with Dr. Amalfi. Carmella is devastated and flies off to Sicily to consumate her relationship with Furio. Bobby tells AJ who kills himself in Bobby's presence. Meadow freaks out and tries to kill Bobby who she blames for AJ's death. She kills Janice by mistake just as Tony walks in the door. THE END

Posted by: Ken | May 31, 2007 07:23 PM

AJ is kidnapped by Phil's crew (didn't it look like that in the coming attractions last episode?) As Meadow told AJ, the son is the important one in the family. Phil knows this, and his ultimate revenge is to kill Tony's son, a little Greek drama here. But that is, even for the Sopranos, a little too dark. The most impressive parts of the show, for me, have always been when Tony has tried to steer AJ out of the lifestyle he is involved with (the great scene in the garage, last season, where Tony has a heart to heart with AJ and slams the football helmet against the SUV.) Tony now has the ultimate reason to whack Phil, and most of his outrageous posse. Silvio suspects Tony of playing both sides of the fence, when he has actually just been feeding the feds info on Al Qaeda, or whoever they are. Even if Carmella finds out about Adrianna,and I doubt it they are in a life/death struggle to save AJ, and so, like everything else she has overlooked, may realize it is either us or them. Paulie redeems himself by whacking some of Phil's posse. Silvio does the same. Tony brings hell down around Phil's head. Bobby gets arrested, after they find his DNA on shirt in the dead drummers hand from the laundromat. Meadow, the shining light, goes into a Criminal Justice program at a major East Coast University, thus providing the show with some redemption. Janice, who we've never liked,to save Bobby, cuts a deal with the feds who may actually help Tony track down the kidnapped AJ in the meantime. Oh, Tony does Melphi in the office at some point. And this leaves the family intact, Paulie and Silvio to soldier on, and Tony still haunted by the possibility of being sold out by a family member, for the movie.Vito's son returns from boot camp, straightens up, and at some point, in a decade or two, runs for a New Jersey senate seat (okay I threw that in there for the hell of it.)

Posted by: metsa-minneapolis | May 31, 2007 07:26 PM

I agree with Carol. AJ will kill Tony.

Posted by: Dan | May 31, 2007 07:26 PM

Tony has a fling with a stripper at the club. She offers him cocaine, which may or may not be spiked by the boys. Tony has a heart attack during the act as the face of Livia seems to merge with that of the stripper. Livia is the last face he sees. The boys, curiously waiting nearby, enter as Tony becomes unresponsive. One asks, "what do we tell Carmela?". To which, Paulie anwers, "who gives a f--- about her." The camera pans to the window and we see the feds arrive--moments to late for Tony and them.

Posted by: alithere1 | May 31, 2007 07:34 PM

Tony is relocated as part of the witness protection program, is sent to live in Deadwood, and becomes a saloon keeper.

Posted by: Karen | May 31, 2007 07:45 PM

Kevin Finnerty wakes up in a hosptial after being in a coma from a heart attack. He remembers the strange dreams of him heading a Mafia family. He closes his eyes and falls asleep.

Posted by: mimi424 | May 31, 2007 08:01 PM

The previews do make it look like A.J. is kidnapped...

In interviews, David Chase always alludes to what a b*stard Tony is, if he lets him go without death or jail, Chase will be taking the easy way out... and looking for another payday.

Posted by: Kenneth | May 31, 2007 08:02 PM

Somehow I think AJ will end up killing Phil or saving Tony since they have him being pathetic/suicidal and otherwise useless.

Posted by: Sherman | May 31, 2007 08:20 PM

The series ends with Tony looking out on those rotting piers in NJ and realizing for the umpteenth time that his life has been wasted. He turns and walks slowly away. The camera shifts to Tony's house where Carm and the kids are saying goodbye to the life they all despised. The same company that foreclosed on the sporting goods store is auctioning off the furniture and fixtures. Paulie, Sil, and the gang are rounded up in a raid on the Bing orchestrated by Uncle Junior who was flipped by the FBI in return for a pork sandwich from Satriele's. Dr. Melfi closes her office and moves to Italy to live happily ever after with Furia.

Posted by: Franklin P. Turnipseed | May 31, 2007 08:22 PM

Wow some rather strange predictions.

You can take this one to the bank!!!!!!!!!

It ends in the Soprano Kitchen, that I guarantee.

Posted by: Your Conscience | May 31, 2007 08:32 PM

When Tony yells at the dawn is it because the sun rises or the son rises?

Christopher, who can't keep his nose clean, is snuffed out because Tony can't trust him to keep the Soprano future safe. (the baby seat reference). This leaves AJ, who Tony 'births' from the pool, as the only male family member left he can trust to keep Carmela safe and wealthy into her old age. Tony's job for the next two weeks is to insure that AJ has a trouble free ascent, which means lots of blood as old business is addressed.

I think Tony dies on or with his boat since that is about the only time I remember seeing him smiling.

Posted by: peyote_sunrise | May 31, 2007 08:43 PM

In the final episode, David Broder will write a column about how Tony Soprano is due for a major comeback. Instead, Tony will quietly serve out his term and leave in disgrace. Broder will pretend as if nothing is amiss.

Posted by: ApuGonzalez | May 31, 2007 09:32 PM

Tony's wife will kill the pig - Tony that is.

Posted by: Done With Sopranos | May 31, 2007 09:47 PM

Separating himself from Christopher was liberating. Tony realizes there IS a way out - by killing off everyone who can hurt him.

He assumes the identity he experienced in the coma either by choice or in the witness protection program after he rats out Phil Leotardo, whom he set up to be framed for the murders of Tony's crew.

The family moves to Costa Rica and lives in seclusion.

Posted by: Chaseme | May 31, 2007 09:50 PM

i think if they make a movie, it will be a prequel and have aj and meadow as little kids or not born at all so their age right now won't matter. but the czech that was in the woods, he reunites with his czech boys and they gather a plan to strike at the soprano family. so what they do is deal with those two arabs that were hanging around the bing, scopin the place out. in the last episode, as phil walks to the bing to make peace for the sake of the businesses between nj and ny, the bing explodes with most of the soprano family inside. the arabs planted the bomb after being paid a lot from the czechs for the attempted killing of their boy. phil turns around, walks away, smiling.

Posted by: tommy | May 31, 2007 10:08 PM

This is a tragedy; the goat song of Tony Soprano. So Tony must die. That is all I know for sure.

Posted by: san mateo | May 31, 2007 10:26 PM

This is a tragedy; the goat song of Tony Soprano. So Tony must die. That is all I know for sure.

Posted by: san mateo | May 31, 2007 10:26 PM

I think AJ's gonna rat his daddy out...

Posted by: cborgsby | May 31, 2007 10:27 PM

I think AJ's gonna rat his daddy out...

Posted by: cborgsby | May 31, 2007 10:27 PM

I've been gone since the first season. The hit, it was in all the papers. The bar, the business, the feds, everything, they had it all reported. And what happens, this hack tv scriptwriter (never produced a thing) starts using it all, my crew, the family, everything for his next script. Six years he been trying to sell it to Hollywood, and you all, been watching it unfold each right while he writes it. Pretty cool, uh! So how does he write the ending, he finally sells the show and the series ends. Sorry, the not much more, but that's all there is.

Posted by: Tony | May 31, 2007 10:32 PM

First and foremost, Pauly bursts into flames. Then, James Gandolfini would like to have a career after the show, so I think he bargained to have Tony killed off in exchange for doing one last season. No one wants Tony dead more than him. I'd like to see Meadow take over and take the family legit with Sylvio's help. AJ just goes AWAY!!! I don't care how. Carmella finds Furio and is happy. Bobby and Janice just exit into oblivion with AJ. I'll miss the show on Sunday nights and seeing someone beside me (Dr. Melfi) still wears skirts! Go Girl!

Posted by: Michele | May 31, 2007 10:35 PM

Right, Tony can't die, it would kill the movie and a valuable franchise. Back to the old well:

Phil is in the Vesuvio. He says, "I want what's mine. What's right is right." Tony comes in, the have a verbal dust-up, Sil hauls Tony out, who yells, "Keep him here!" on the way out. Tony comes back later when the Vesuvio is empty, seemingly gut-shoots Phil. They put him in the trunk and stop at Tony's mother's old place to pick up a shovel. On their way to dig a hole, they hear thumping in the trunk, and again have to stab and shoot Phil. They bury the body upstate, but have to dig it up later.

Cue ducks.

Fade to black.

Posted by: Richard der Schlange | May 31, 2007 10:39 PM

Phil's attempt to assassinate Tony for what Tony did to CoCo go awry, severely wounding Carmela and killing AJ,.. think a New Jersey version of the ending of "Scarface." Tony is left slighty wounded wondering who turned on him in his crew.

He has to decide whether to stay or walk around with a bullseye on his back. He tells Bobbie, Paulie, and Sil that he's going to turn himself in to the FBI and that he's giving them three days to clear out of the country before he talks, hoping to smoke out the rat who betrayed him to Phil. Sil and Paulie talk about Tony, decide Paulie has to whack Tony before he can talk. Meanwhile Bobbie, who actually did help Phil tells Phil about Tony's plans to turn state's evidence with Phil telling Bobbie to kill Tony and "New Jersey's yours!"....(hey, Sopranos was comedy too.)

As Paulie waits for Tony at the Bing to kill him, Bobbie shows up and with Paulie standing in the shadows sees that Bobbie is ready to kill someone, Tony. As Bobbie raises his gun, Paulie shoots him saving a startled Tony, who says "I always thought he was the one." Paulie looks at Tony raises his pistol but trembles and says, "I can't do it, T." Tony takes the gun out of his hand saying, "I got money, alot of money for you and Sil, you can hide, they won't find you."

Out of the darkness comes a voice, "I'm too old to play hide and go-seek." A shot fires illuminating Sil shooting both Tony and Paulie.

Posted by: kuvasz | May 31, 2007 10:39 PM

Clearly, and with certainty, David Broder is the key to the End. He'll misunderstand all in his senile musings, have W award Tony the Medal of Freedom, and will himself be offed by an outraged superpatriot, Paulie Walnuts. Meantime, Meadow will go into rehab with Lindsay Lohan and Larry Birkhead and forge a new Capo de Regime with them, as they each add a vowel to their last names. Sil will rejoin his band, Paulie will be awarded a Medal of Freedom by President Giuliani, Phil will die of a rare condition brought on by the use of too much hair spray, and Barone Asbestos Removal and Sanitation (BAR) will be listed on the NYSE with Maria Bartiromo and A. J. ringing the opening bell. Christafuh and Adrianna will emerge at the very end singing "There's no business like show business, like no business I know. Everything about it is exciting . . . ." [Oops, my wife is yelling for me to put down my scotch and slowly back away from the PC.]

Posted by: Broder Bring | May 31, 2007 10:49 PM

In a case of mistaken idenity, Meadow will be killed as she drives T's white SUV.

Carm goes totally nuts as does AJ.

Tony goes after the NY guys that killed Meadow.

He'll tell Melfi all the truth he's been dreaming of telling her.

But it will be AJ who kills his father, as he's devestated by Meadow's murder and he blames Tony.

But will AJ then tun the gun on himself and end "The Sopranos"?

I have a feeling he will.

Posted by: mary margaret | May 31, 2007 10:54 PM

Domenico Ercole "Eckley" DiMeo, the real head of the DiMeo crime family is let out of prison and assumes his role as head of the family. Tony is demoted. Tony has been seen talking to the Feds and is accused of "playing both sides". Patsi Parisi and Little Carmine have been secretly plotting with Phil to clip Tony. Tony kills Phil brutally on the Stugotz. Agent Harris helps Tony because he also detests Phil (remember the comment about Phil setting up a female FBI Agent for a rape and beating). Agent Harris offers Tony the witness protection program. Tony agrees but at the last minute he flees to Italy to be with Sofia whose husband has recently died. Uncle Junior dies. The spec house collapses but nobody is killed. Carmella runs of to Italy to be with Furio. Meadow goes to Yale Law School, she will be either a Prosecutor or a Defense Attorney in the movie. The series ends in the kitchen with AJ rummaging through the fridge and then exclaiming "WHAT NO F***ING ZITI!!!!"

Posted by: cmoltisanti | May 31, 2007 11:36 PM

Tony's behaviour is more and more irrational. He offs Paulie in a fit of anger in front of the guys, the feds are closing in and Tony is trying to ignite a fight with Phil. All this has Bobby and Syl concerned and they agree Tony has to go before he flips to the Feds. Tony is at home having a susposed peace talk with Phil (object to have Syl and Bobby take out Phil and associates) but Syl and Bobby are surprised as AJ, Medow and Carmella return to the house and interrupt the meeting. Already verbly committed at this point, Syl and Bobby off the family, as well as Phil and associates. As planned, Bobby takes over and Syl keeps his regular place.

Posted by: Paniolo | June 1, 2007 01:55 AM

Tony comes out of the closest, rats out both gangs and goes into the witness protection program.

Posted by: Boss Hogg | June 1, 2007 03:24 AM

Tony is really a shoe salesman. The whole story is his ramblings to his shrink, a la "Portnoy's Complaint." Now, shall we begin?

Posted by: Bob | June 1, 2007 06:45 AM

The Sopranos is about family. AJ kills his father.

Posted by: andrew gregory | June 1, 2007 07:54 AM

I know somebody who knows sombody and they revealed the following ending to the Sopranos.
AJ remembers he was abused as a child by a priest. He joins the marines and is sent to Iraq where he finds peace and tranquility.
Paulie "comes out" and opens a home decorating center in Lodi, NJ.
Bobby chokes on a piece of American cheese and is terrified as he dies from lack of flavor. Meadow graduates Law School from a Christial right institution and becomes a major player in the Bush Administration.
And Tony goes on a Sensitivity Weekend Encounter Group and his insight reveals to him the universe wants him to be wealthy.
It's a true cliff-hanger ending.

Posted by: Tramontana | June 1, 2007 08:12 AM

What I love are all the possible endings written here. Makes me feel like I'm in some sort of very cool (smart) club of Soprano addicts.

The ending I see is this. Everyone leaves/dies/escapes either by their own choice (Carmella and both her kids) or by someone else's hand (Bobby, Paulie etc.). Tony is left behind sitting by his now-empty, leaf-filled pool in his white robe waiting for the ducks. We are left only with Tony's face filling the screen - left to wonder if he's relieved or devastated; afraid or ready to end it all. Don't expect David Chase to tie up loose ends and give us any satisfaction at all. Has this been a fabulous ride or what?

Posted by: Joan | June 1, 2007 09:16 AM

AJ commits a murder or something equivalent and Tony realizes that in spite of all of his worst fears his son AJ will follow in his own steps.

Posted by: AJ following his footsteps would be the most powerful ending. | June 1, 2007 09:19 AM

What I took from the first episode this season was the desire of both Tony and Carmela to live a more "relaxed" easy-going life. Given the mounting stresses on Tony at this point, and the cozy relationship with the Feds, I think Tony will rat out Phil, fake his family's death (make it look like Phil did it?) and go, with lots of cash in hand, into the witness protection program or just disappear into quiet, self-imposed exile. "There he is...."

Posted by: lostmutt | June 1, 2007 09:30 AM

He wakes up in bed in the middle of the night and says to his wife, who is under the covers next to him, "I just had the weirdest dream."

Then his wife, played by Suzanne Pleshette, rolls over and says, "Go back to sleep, Bob."

Posted by: Bob | June 1, 2007 09:40 AM

Somehow, Tony will have to finally involve Carmella and maybe Meadow in the family business...maybe to save AJ or himself? Carmellla and Meadow knew what would happen to Coco when they told Tony. Tony will "saved" by what Carmella and Meadow do...maybe one of them will get caught instead of Tony?

Posted by: Carmella | June 1, 2007 09:51 AM

I don't know what will happen in the end, but re: the Arabs, there are two important facts. (1) Tony/Christopher sold them weapons (I think it was machine guns), and (2) Tony positively ID'd them to the agents. It seems that he's set himself up to have sold weapons (of mass destruction?)to potential terrorists, who he positively ID'd.

Posted by: mlb | June 1, 2007 10:19 AM

Everyone meets in Bada Bing then terrorist crash a plane into it.

Posted by: Bob Ericson | June 1, 2007 11:19 AM

The building where the asbestos is being removed has a sub-sub basement not known to the mob guys. The Feds are down there listening and monitoring all. One day in removing some asbestos and a wall, Tony discovers an elevator they didn't know of and Tony gets on it and goes down. He gets off and discovers the Feds who immediately take him into custody and start playing all the tapes, etc. Tony realizes what's up and agrees to turn if protected.

Up above the gangs are at war because T has disappeared. Phil, Paulie, almost all are killed in the ensuing war.

Carmella sells the houses and gets away with Meadow. (Don't know what may happen to AJ -- I think he may enlist to go to Iraq.)

Then the final scenes are months to a year later. Tony has had his plastic surgery and lost weight, etc. The last scene is him meeting Carmella where she now lives -- like a first date. And the whole show starts again....

Posted by: MWG | June 1, 2007 11:53 AM

....just mercifully go away...the writing is awful and bogus...totally unauthentic...

Posted by: jim browne | June 1, 2007 12:34 PM

I love the ducks coming back, Adriana coming back and Meadow taking over the business storylines!

I don't think Tony will get whacked. I think something from the past that we thought was minor will turn out to be the big shebang, as I agree with Don that nothing in The Sopranos is irrelevant.

Posted by: C. | June 1, 2007 01:14 PM

Tony gets double crossed and taken outby someone he trusts.

I always thought Meadow had the brains and the brass to take over, although reluctantly... like Michael in the Godfather.

Posted by: bsz | June 1, 2007 01:34 PM

Tony gets double crossed and taken out by someone he trusts.

I always thought Meadow had the brains and the brass to take over, although reluctantly... like Michael in the Godfather.

Posted by: bsz | June 1, 2007 01:34 PM

Silvio can't take over...he was passing out and looking quite frail when Tony was shot and he became acting boss. Sil stays put!

Paulie dies - big mouth and he has played Tony before with Johnny Sack.

The ducks return in the last scene...and send droppings towards Tony's head. He laughs...

Posted by: Chris | June 1, 2007 01:55 PM

The 'shrink' gets whacked !

Posted by: ray | June 1, 2007 01:56 PM

For the record, Tony Sirico (who plays Paulie Walnuts) has it in his contract that his character cannot be a rat. Doesn't mean he can't go to the Feds, but there is no way Paulie goes to the Feds.

Tony Sirico takes this stuff too seriously. He did time back in the 60s for extortion. He's the real deal.

Posted by: NotPaulie | June 1, 2007 03:12 PM

Ia agree that Sil can't hack it as the boss...and that Paulie is doomed...and that Tony is going to be forced out by family or fed trouble. But who's left to take over, Bobby? Patsy? I see a big power vacuum in NJ that will be the end of the "Soprano" family reign just like Tony's dad took over from the DiMeo family. I think if Tony doesn't kill Phil early in the next episode, then Tony will get killed to create power vacuum. If Tony gets to Phil first, then look out for the feds.

Posted by: Future Boss | June 1, 2007 04:45 PM

Furio returns to kill Tony and run off with Carmella.

Posted by: Ridiculous Ending | June 1, 2007 04:54 PM

Meadow gets raped by Coco and is left for dead. Tony visits her in ICU as she regains consciousness and utters her last words "Daddy."

Tony sees Dr. Malfi and has "voice therapy" in which he expresses anger over Meadow's rape. Tony shares his plan to whack Coco and Phil. Malfi consider's her colleage's information that mobsters will practice conning their therapists, first. Dr. Malfi considers doctor patient confidentiality and determines when another life is in danger, she has responsibilities to report to the authorities.

The Feds follow Tony and end up in a show down, killing Carmella, instead. Tony escapes, leaving Carmella for dead, and sneaks in to visit AJ, the last (conscious) in his immediate family. AJ pulls out a pistol he has paid an hospital employee to sneak into the hospital, and whacks Tony.

Posted by: | June 1, 2007 05:07 PM

Tony takes his crew and his family out on the boat for what is supposed to be a three hour tour. The weather starts to get rough, and the tiny boat is tossed, if not for the efforts of Tony's crew Meadow would have been lost. The ship runs aground on the shore of an uncharted desert isle, with Silvio, the skipper too, Bobby and his wife, the terrorists, Pauley Walnuts and Uncle Jun.

Tony spends the next three seasons inadvertently foiling the rescue attempts of the others. Several follow-on TV Movies will be made, but none will live up to the promise of the original series.

Posted by: Seymour | June 1, 2007 06:06 PM

Well, after seeing this evening's show, I think it could go three ways: Either Pauli whacks Tony (of course, that would be obvious); Carmella whacks him to protect her children, or the whole series was a story that Tony was telling an FBI agent (a history) as he has flipped. As he comes out of the courthouse, Silvo (who isn't dead YET) whacks him.

Posted by: LuvtheSopranos | June 3, 2007 11:29 PM

after watchinhg tonights show i think it's obvious that tony bangs a.j. in the ass to get him motivated and then meadow finger bangs carmella in a gas station bathroom for a dollar

Posted by: andrew miller | June 4, 2007 04:01 AM

The end of the episode will find Tony dead (killed, fittingly in his family home/safehouse). His afterlife, be it heaven or hell, depending on how you look at it, will be the normal/peaceful/mundane (again, depending on how you look at it) life he experienced when he teetered near death after Uncle Junior shot him.

Posted by: Tamster | June 4, 2007 02:37 PM

Four years ago I predicted that AJ or Meadow would be killed in the finale. The last few episodes have made AJ an almost too obvious choice for that. ( delicious suspense Mr. Chase!). I think two good possibilities would be: A: AJ somehow is present when his father comes under attack, AJ gets whacked in the scuffle, which ends with Tony having to live with the death of his son, and the scene fades to black as Tony reflects on the meaning of life. or B: Tony is whacked, and something snaps in AJ causing him to go from ominisypampathetic depressive, to cold, unfeeling avenger of his father. AJ would then step up and take over the family, essentially, becoming his father, and the family legacy lives on.

Posted by: LateRSK8R | June 4, 2007 04:12 PM

I see it ending with "business as usual": Tony and his crew (new and whatever's left of the old) sitting outside Satriale's, and Carmine Jr. has replaced Phil (who is toast) in NY.

Posted by: Julie | June 5, 2007 12:40 PM

Tony and Carmella get whacked by Phil's crew. The last few moments of the show you see Paulie talking on the phone to someone and he's saying "okay sure ting. So your taking over for Tony. Okay." He hangs up the phone and the next shot is Meadow hanging up on the other end.

Posted by: cheri | June 8, 2007 02:50 AM

I know JG and he told me only two things about the ending:

He doesn't die ( I don't believe him though - he has to say that)

Robert Iler does wonderful work this year.

That's it.

Posted by: LittleHeaven | June 8, 2007 01:44 PM

I know JG and he told me only two things about the ending:

He doesn't die ( I don't believe him though - he has to say that)

Robert Iler does wonderful work this year.

That's it.

Posted by: LittleHeaven | June 8, 2007 01:45 PM

I think there will be a bloodbath and the ending will actually be Tony driving back home as it is in the trailer. I think that was part of the ending all along....
Only Tony arrives to a house with nobody there. Carmela has had it and takes the children away. Tony sits and in back yard by himself and the ducks come.....

Posted by: Daniel Adam Smith | June 9, 2007 07:28 AM

Here's what I think is going to happen tomorrow night. Besides all of us crying in our chinti, of course. Phil finds out where tony's safe house is, because Tony has been working with the FBI and (through the usual dirty chanels, information was slipped to the New York gang. There is a slight conflagration before the FBI arrives (at the alert of one of Tony's gang). Tony gets shot, but is not injured badly. Phil and his hord of goons are taken into custody. Tony is granted immunity and put into the witness protection program along with Carmela, the kids, his sister and her kids. Twist in the story. Adrianna is not dead. Tony never killed her. She has been working with the FBI all along and is in the witness protection program as well. They have lots of evidence to clean up the New York mob and the bad seeds remaining in the New Jersey mob. After Tony was nearly killed by Uncle Junior, he had a religious experience. Dr. Molfi has been working with Tony to go to his spiritual side (thus the experiments with mind-enhancing drugs). Tony has known (through FBI) that Dr. Molfi's office has been bugged by the NY mob. A good friend of Phil's is that strange "Elliot". The reason for Dr. Molfi's turn on Tony was to get it on tape and record that she is out of Tony's life (thus saving her from mob revenge). Because of what Tony has told her over the years, she is in WPP as well. Program ends with Adrianna, Tony, Carmella, Tony's sister and kids and The Soprano kids boarding a "train" for parts unknown.... and if they want to ressurect, they always can come back as "WPP: The Sopranos"..... just kidding

Posted by: sharon lee fadgen | June 9, 2007 12:00 PM

Philly gets whacked by Paulie; Paulie saves the day for Tony. Even though Tony does not like Paulie, Paulie is the most loyal of his gang. He was very loyal to Tony's old man and the whole family. Unfortunately, Paulie gets whacked too in the middle of the face off.

Tony will be taken in by the Feds; he will cooperate with the Feds and go into witness protection, and bring in the rest of the New York gang behind bars. The Jersey gang is all but gone.
Bada Bing

Posted by: Antonio Soprano | June 9, 2007 01:00 PM

Philly gets whacked by Paulie; Paulie saves the day for Tony. Even though Tony does not like Paulie, Paulie is the most loyal of his gang. He was very loyal to Tony's old man and the whole family. Unfortunately, Paulie gets whacked too in the middle of the face off.

Tony will be taken in by the Feds; he will cooperate with the Feds and go into witness protection, and bring in the rest of the New York gang behind bars. The Jersey gang is all but gone.
Bada Bing

Posted by: Big Fan of T | June 9, 2007 01:06 PM

OMFG I hate what happen tonight on the episode, it just left us hanging there with nothing to give us a hint on what will happen next except for that person testifying against Tony. Other than that I'm pretty mad.

Posted by: Bransford | June 11, 2007 02:16 AM

I never watched the Sopranos; did not watch the final episode. I am impressed at how the collective fan outrage is turning into a treasure hunt. At the Boston Globe, some commenters suggest that Tony was shot. HOWEVER, wasn't Tony's original reason for seeing a shrink that he has panic attacks that sometimes cause him to faint??? (Wikipedia, Tony Soprano entry). In which case, Michael Cavna is correct, the final buildup is Tony's own paranoia -- and he survives.

Posted by: Elizabeth | June 12, 2007 07:37 AM

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