'The Sopranos'

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEFCC000039" title="Tony Soprano (fictional character)" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/tony-soprano-%28fictional-character%29-PEFCC000039.topic">Tony Soprano</a> sat down with his wife, Carmela, and dunderhead son, A.J., at a local diner in the closing moments of the final episode of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000947" title="David Chase" href="/topic/entertainment/david-chase-PECLB000947.topic">David Chase</a>'s landmark series and viewers around the world leaned in, drooling not because of the onion rings the family consumed, but for the prospect of finally seeing the amoral Soprano finally get what was coming to him. And then...the screen went dark. Nearly everyone thought their cable had gone out. But no, it was just Chase's confounding and ambiguous ending to his series that never went for easy answers. After the initial outrage, the conclusion has gone on to become a classic ending and the final moments (before the blank screen) have been pored over more times than the Zapruder film. Who's the man in the bathroom? What's the eucharistic symbolism of the onion rings? Did Tony get whacked? Only Chase will ever know for sure.

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Tony Soprano sat down with his wife, Carmela, and dunderhead son, A.J., at a local diner in the closing moments of the final episode of David Chase's landmark series and viewers around the world leaned in, drooling not because of the onion rings the family consumed, but for the prospect of finally seeing the amoral Soprano finally get what was coming to him. And then...the screen went dark. Nearly everyone thought their cable had gone out. But no, it was just Chase's confounding and ambiguous ending to his series that never went for easy answers. After the initial outrage, the conclusion has gone on to become a classic ending and the final moments (before the blank screen) have been pored over more times than the Zapruder film. Who's the man in the bathroom? What's the eucharistic symbolism of the onion rings? Did Tony get whacked? Only Chase will ever know for sure.

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