Vanity Fair is publishing "The First-Ever Oral History of The Sopranos" in its upcoming issue, and one of the topics is the HBO's series' legendarily abrupt finale, which earned mixed reviews at first but is now considered as being groundbreakingly anticlimactic. James Gandolfini, Tony Soprano himself, says, "When I first saw the ending, I said, ‘What the f--k?’. I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it’s over like that?"
But Gandolfini admits, "After I had a day to sleep, I just sat there and said, ‘That’s perfect.’" Lorraine Bracco also said, "I would have wanted it to end differently. But God knows we’ve talked about that ending for five years now — we’re still talking about it. People stop me in the street. ‘Did you get the ending? Did I miss something?’ I thought it was very, very shrewd."
Some other fun things mentioned: Gandolfini is still "in love" with Edie Falco, who, in turn, sort of gets jealous when she sees Gandolfini with his wife and women who play his wives/girlfriends in projects ("Even years later, I remember when I saw Jim in God of Carnage on Broadway, and he was Marcia Gay Harden’s husband, and I had this ‘How come I have to be O.K. with this?’ kind of feeling."). And Terrence Winter, who wrote and executive produced the show, said, "One F.B.I. agent told us early on that on Monday morning they would get to the F.B.I. office and all the agents would talk about The Sopranos. Then they would listen to the wiretaps from that weekend, and it was all Mob guys talking about The Sopranos, having the same conversation about the show, but always from the flip side. We would hear back that real wiseguys used to think that we had somebody on the inside. They couldn’t believe how accurate the show was."