Editor’s note: This story was originally published June 12, 20017.
SO OK, MAYBE there were ducks.
Or at least the hint of something duck-like flying over Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) as he raked leaves in Sunday’s season finale of HBO’s “The Sopranos ‚” which tried in so many ways to bring us back to the series’ beginning, a beginning that definitely included ducks.
Hard to pick up all the finer points in that first frantic look at “Made in America,” the 86th episode in the mob drama and the one that cut to black in mid-scene.
By the time I got to work yesterday morning, readers who’d clearly taken the time to rewind had already begun sharing their opinions, favorable and not so favorable, about creator David Chase’s decision to leave us hanging, as well as their theories about what happened next.
And I’m happy to report that they were all probably right.
We’ll probably never know for sure.
At the moment, I’m inclined to side with those who think it’s not about whether Tony got whacked in the next few seconds, or indicted a day or a week or a month later, but about what it must be like to be Tony, never knowing who can be trusted and forever watching the door.
Beyond that, though, here’s what tickled me about “Made in America”: