In New Jersey, Big Ideas About Tony Soprano's Fate

The final episode of HBO's The Sopranos will air this Sunday. How will the show end? Nancy Solomon talks to some New Jersey residents about how they think the hit series will meet its maker.

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REBECCA ROBERTS, host:

If you're a fan of the HBO series "The Sopranos," you're going to mourn the loss of this on Sunday nights.

(Soundbite of "The Sopranos" theme "Woke up This Morning")

Mr. JAKE BLACK (Vocalist, Alabama 3): (Singing) Mama always said you'd be the Chosen One. She said: you're one in a million…

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

This Sunday is the final episode of the much-heralded series and fans are wondering after six seasons of crime, murder and mob mayhem, what will happen to the lead character, New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano?

ROBERTS: Will Tony be killed? And by whom?

SIEGEL: Will he retire from the family to be closer to his family?

ROBERTS: Could he jump sides and help the Feds who have been hot on his trail?

SIEGEL: We posed this question about Tony Soprano's fate to some New Jersey fans of the show.

Mr. CORY MARKS(ph): With all that he's done and all the sins that he's committed, he's got to pay. He's going to either get killed or definitely go to jail.

Mr. JONATHAN HARRINGTON(ph) (Resident, New Jersey): The only scenario that I can possibly think of is that Tony's going to get whacked.

Ms. KIRSTEN McGOWAN(ph) (Resident, New Jersey): I think it's going to end with his son being killed.

Mr. JAKE HILL(ph) (Resident, New Jersey): I guess, I'm going to have to go with Tony dying in his Escalade.

MS. SHARON McGEHY(ph) (Resident, New Jersey): I think Tony is going to go into the witness protection program. I think that it's going to be somewhat like Sammy Gravano, where the bad guy ends up actually capitalizing off of all the mean, nasty and vile things that he's done.

Ms. NANCY GNUSSY(ph) (Resident, New Jersey): Maybe Dr. Melfi will kill him. Maybe he'll go back to Dr. Melfi for one last therapy session and she'll just completely lose it and kill him. That would be a good, surprising alternative.

ROBERTS: That was Nancy Gnussy, Sharon McGehy, Jake Hill, Kirsten McGowan, Jonathan Harrington and Cory Marks.

SIEGEL: And because we knew you wouldn't want to wait to find out what's going to happen to Tony, we put a call in to HBO.

ROBERTS: But like so many potential witnesses against America's most watched mob family, an HBO spokesman said only unofficially, no comment.

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Mr. BLACK: (Singing) You're one in a million, you've got to burn to shine. But you were born under a bad sign, with a blue moon in your eyes. You woke up this morning all the love has gone. Your Papa never told you about right and wrong. But you're looking good, baby, I believe you're feeling fine, shame about it. Born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes. You woke up this morning…

SIEGEL: From immigration on Capitol Hill to the sentencing of Lewis Libby, political analysis just ahead with E.J. Dionne and David Brooks. That's when we continue with ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

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