Howard Stern: "That's what it must be like to live as a Mafia boss... in what other way could David Chase have built up the tension for the final scene better and shown what he's tried to show in the entire series." I think I agree. On my first impression - after getting over the whole "Did my DVR shut off too soon?" thing and turning off the cable by accident as a response and panicking and then going back to watch the ending again and seeing the credits come up, I was pretty damn pissed and disappointed. That was just an incredibly well-shot end scene, ratcheting up the tension in truly wonderful fashion with the whole Meadow Soprano parking troubles and Tony's head popping up as each person entered the restaurant, finally ending with (and I'm quoting Simmons here) "the person he loves most of all (Meadow) about to come in" but Tony is still tense and afraid that the visitor will try to kill him. That's how he lives his life and that's how his "life goes on" whether we as the viewer felt cheated or not. Upon further examination, I think it was actually quite a good ending. Of course, I thought that about Seinfeld too - that they stayed true to the characters right until the end (unlike Buffy, where all the characters' personalities had changed 100% by the end of the series). I thought this final half-season of The Sopranos was one of the best ever and the last couple weeks wrapped up the show in excellent fashion. Read on for my interpretation of how so many of the story lines did come together at the end.