I've been running errands in the car all morning - listening to various talk radio shows, like this morning's Talk of the Nation on NPR which featured the Chron's Tim Goodman, regarding the series finale to The Sopranos.
Everybody's got their own opinion - everybody's got their own theory - everybody's got their own ending. Brilliant!
I also heard on the radio this morning the Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'," used in those final tense moments in the diner...and happened to catch some things in the lyrics which I haven't heard discussed yet.
Here's a segment of that song, taken from LyricsFreak.com:
Working hard to get my fill,
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin anything to roll the dice,
Just one more time
Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on.....
Just that single stanza says so much about The Sopranos, about viewer expectations, about Tony's life being - literally and figuratively - a gamble, and about the "movie never ends" ending to the series.
And one more random thought about the lyrics: "Working hard to get my fill (PHIL)" Brilliant!