Sorry for the tit-for-tat, but IMO: Greatest ending ever! Think about it. The only closure would be if Tony got whacked. Would it be exciting if Tony died of natural causes at age 80? If he got led away in handcuffs or thrown in jail? He's already been beat up, gut-shot, nearly divorced. Closure with Phil is enough for me: I literally laughed out loud at his demise. The imagination is a wonderful thing, and I'm glad Chase left it up to each of us to come up with our own ending. On that note, here's an excellent article in NYT: http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/11/solving-the-sopranos/?mkt=tvlink2 According to one interesting theory (see article), Tony did get whacked... that theory makes enough sense that I'm disappointed. I prefer to be left with the question. David Chase makes a great point that art should provide questions rather than answers. Sure, one could argue that the vague ending is simply an excuse for a sequel or movie, but I disagree. I think the finale was beautifully done. Why was it relevant that Meadow was having trouble parking the car? There were shady characters in the diner... Tony was keeping an eye on each one, but was it close enough? BTW, that was a nice little emphasis that the life of a mobster is never truly peaceful... that was my thought when I saw the closing credits. I think it's great that we can write the ending ourselves: Tony got shot by the dude who went in the bathroom; gets jailed on RICO charges; avoids jail and mob conflict but ends up senile like Junior. The closure is that there's no closure. True closure could never have lived up to our expectations anyway.