I just saw an article that came out a couple of weeks ago called "The Sopranos ending explained". It is from an interview with the series' creator, David Chase.
I remember watching the final episode barely able to breathe as the final minutes were counting down, and I was waiting to see what would happen to Tony. When the screen went blank with no sound for several seconds my first thought was, "Oh my God, I just sat on the remote control and changed the channel right as it was ending!!!"
Then the titles came on.
What? That's the ending?!!!
It was like a cruel joke, but I was sure the show's makers were trying to make some kind of point — I just couldn't figure out what it was.
Now, years later, comes this interview with David Chase, and with two sentences plucked from his interview it all makes sense. And it's really clever:
"All I wanted to do was present the idea of how short life is and how precious it is. The only way I felt I could do that was to rip it away."
Some people might read that and still think "cruel joke", but for me, that's like the light bulb moment that suddenly makes the whole series much, much better.
If you watched The Sopranos and enjoyed the show, hit the link below and check out the entire interview. It's not very long, but very interesting and thought-provoking.