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‘The Sopranos’ finale remains daring, divisive 10 years later

June 10 marked the 10th anniversary of the final episode of “The Sopranos,” and people still fiercely debate whether — spoiler alert — Tony Soprano got whacked at the diner by the mysterious guy in the Members Only jacket. Series creator David Chase still hears complaints from fans of the show who wanted a tidier ending than its abrupt cut to black.

Don’t stop believing … in yourself, David Chase. Even if some viewers found the finale maddening or a lazy way to make the moment unforgettable, there is nothing wrong with popular entertainment that doesn’t tie things up neatly with the good characters getting their way and the bad ones getting their comeuppance.

There is nothing wrong with ambiguity that requires thought and reflection. The recent pitch-perfect series finale — no spoilers — of “The Leftovers” was just the latest example.

While there are plenty of independent-minded movies, most studio films are as formulaic as it gets. The protagonist overcomes challenges and becomes a better person — but only after overcoming a late movie “all is lost” moment when the odds of success look grim.

Thankfully, in this golden age of television, many TV dramas and comedies are vastly more inventive and far less predictable. And what show kicked off this golden age? “The Sopranos.”

Chase doesn’t deserve castigation for thinking outside the casket. He deserves endless …

— The San Diego Union-Tribune

 

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