A Brief Word About The Sopranos
Everyone who watches the Sopranos knows that tomorrow night is the series finale. Supposedly they shot five different endings to the show so that even the actors don’t know what is going to ultimately happen to Tony. Here’s my best, educated guess: Tony survives and becomes a witness for the federal government. There are a couple of reasons I think that this is the most logical way for them to go.
For years, I said that the only realistic way for the show to end was with Tony dead or Tony in jail. I never thought that he would turn government witness; but with the turn of events on the show, he really has no other options. Both of his closest cohorts are dead (Bobby "Bacala") and in a coma (Silvio Dante); he wants to live; his widowed sister and her family are going to need someone to take care of them; he wants to see his children rise into adulthood.
The relationship with New York and Phil Leotardo is probably damaged beyond repair and he’s probably not going to be able to get to Phil to kill him. What better way for Tony to A) survive; and B) get back at Phil than by sending him and his lieutenants to jail for the rest of their lives?
Another thing that has to be considered is how difficult it is for the creator of a character to kill that character off; I’ve experienced this in my fiction; it’s like someone really dying and is very hard to do. I don’t know that David Chase and the writers are going to be able to bring themselves to kill Tony when it comes down to it. The guess here is that Tony becomes a government witness and is relocated.