The Sopranos ending scene.

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My Assessment of the Sopranos ending.

Opening scene;
Tony walks into the diner. In the beginning, you see the football posters, a guy in a baseball hat, boyscouts in the corner. 
All representing the ''American Dream.''He sits down, fiddles around with the radio when Carmela walks in. 
As she walks through the door, you see Tony's point of view. The man that will kill Tony is in the grey ''Members Only'' Jacket.
But, Tony is unaware because he entered at the same time AJ entered. He just blows it off as a coincidence.
Again, this is in Tony's point of view. Tony, being unaware of the man, almost certainly explains why the camera shot of him
is so different to the other shots in the scene. The camera shots usually are of Tony's perspective; The man in the grey jacket,
the red herring - two men who enter the diner and scan the desserts. The pattern of the shots indicate that the next screen should be shot in Tony's perspective of Meadow coming through the door. But instead, the screen turns black, the sound cuts off mid-scene, (at the exact spot where he should see Meadow coming in the door) and all the viewer sees is ''Darkness.'' This IS Tony's perspective. Because Tony, is dead. We no longer hear Journey's ''Don't Stop Believing'' because Tony no longer hears it. A normal ending to a show, would fade to black, and you would most certainly still hear the music up until the credits. Instead, all you see is darkness for 10 seconds up until the credits are shown. Emphasizing the importance of the shot, the Director continues the movement of the camera, even after the bathroom is seen. This is only one of two tracking shots in the final scene, the other shot being when Tony enters the diner as all the other shots in the diner are static. The Director clearly wants to convey the importance of the man in the grey jacket entering the bathroom, being he would have a clear shot at Tony being there. More importantly, the  bathroom is behind Tony; He wouldn't have a chance to react. Tony never heard it coming, never had the change to avoid, or react to it. The bullet shattered into his head before his brain had the chance to process the sound, just a void to silence and darkness. His family was there to experience his death, while the viewer experienced the death in Tony's perspective, leaving the ending heartwrenching when you realize that Meadow, AJ, and Carmela
had to witness all of it go down. The guy in the Member's Only jacket is important, because opening scene of the sixth season featured a diner-set murder by one of Tony's soilders wearing the same jacket. That episode was called ''Members Only.''  Also, Silvio Dante is shot in the Penultimate episode by a hitman in the same jacket. 

James Gandolfini, Jr. 
(September 18, 1961 - June 19, 2013)


Submitted: November 26, 2013

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