Sarcasm doesn't come across in print. So I read the following quote from David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, with some skepticism:
“It’s just very difficult to end a series,” he said. “For example, ‘Seinfeld,’ they ended it with them all going to jail. Now that’s the ending we should have had. And they should have had ours, where it blacked out in a diner.”
Chase is commenting on the ending of Mad Men, which was created by Matthew Weiner, who worked on The Sopranos. That little comment is so flippant, so against everything Chase has ever said, that I have to believe he's taking the piss. After all, he's riffing on two shows whose strange and unexpected endings alienated fans. At the time I HATED the ending of Seinfeld, but in later years I came to love the 'fuck you' quality of it, the way the show's misanthropy finally extended to the audience.
And the ending of The Sopranos is simply perfect. Lives don't wrap up neatly. Human arcs don't always complete satsifactorily. I think the ending of The Sopranos is brilliant and ballsy, and I would hate to think that somewhere out there the whiners got David Chase so down that he's changed his mind on it.