Was the scene one of brilliant ambiguity (life goes on, whether or not TV keeps showing it to viewers), or a screwing-around-with-the-audience cop-out?
After all this time, no resolution has ever been arrived at, while, ever since that historic blackout, conflicting views have only hardened. “The Sopranos” got flack (and praise) for an inconclusive ending, and still does. The furious debate proves how good it was.
“Breaking Bad” (a vastly different show in nearly every way) chose a different kind of ending: Display the complete puzzle with the pieces all in place, letting viewers at last see everything with clarity.
Good finales are recalled and spur conversation for years, as that of “Breaking Bad” is likely to do.
Meanwhile, future finales are eagerly awaited, long before viewers are ready to turn loose of the series.
For instance, “Mad Men”: What will be Don Draper’s destiny? We’ve got two years to wonder.