Originally Posted by Morph201
What is my mother-in-law smoking!?!! She claims she saw a totally different ending sunday night! According to her, she saw Meadow make it into the restaurant and sit at the table with her family, and at a certain point Tony goes into the bathroom, the dude at the counter follows him in, then next you see the trucker guy exiting the bathroom and Tony is on the floor.. (?????). Also, she said it didn't end at 10, but more like 10 mins after 10 o'clock (EST) .... She swears
by this, I'm not sure if she taped it, but is it possible their were multiple endings??? Or maybe she was feeling the after effects of weed??
OK that just sounds a little nuts
The whole internet would have exploded with buzz if anything like that actually happened!
As for the ending, I checked out the last episode again last night and I actually find it to be a happy ending! With the knowledge that Tony lives the episode takes on a different meaning. It's basically a long goodbye to all the characters we've grown attached to, albeit a sad one tainted with the fact that many are now dead, retired, or in jail.
Compare the last time we see Paulie sunbathing, and the cat standing there as well. In the first season the whole original crew is there - Paulie, Big *****, Tony, Christopher, etc. Now only Paulie is left, and in some sense even Tony is walking away.
As for the last scene, sure there's the suspense, but if you watch Tony's eyes closely on the 3rd person shots basically the 'suspense' is his own paranoia. He's checking *everyone* out. Doesn't matter if it's a young couple, or an old man with boy scouts. The whole world is suspect, and even with his exterior cool he's always on the lookout.
But you can also see his genuine love for his family (even to some degree with Junior, who he knows is in some ways dead already and represents the futility of all his 'power' as a boss). With Carmella he's happy to see her, as well as AJ, and at the end he's satisfied to see Meadow showing up.