I don't know how many of us could have seen this coming... One episode into this season, and they have effectively killed Tony off!!! I was shocked they've made him be in such bad shape. It's difficult to imagine his character having any impact this year... other than his emotional influence on the other characters. It was also interesting that through his coma-dream, he was taking on a different character altogether. I couldn't really figure out the symbolism of most of those scenes. There were certainly elements of desperation, feeling isolated and alone. It was a very emotionally-powerful episode... but was a little boring as well. It looks as if in future episodes, they'll be getting more into the traditional drama that we've come to know for the Sopranos, minus Tony's involvement though, apparently. So does this really mean this is the last season? Why the need to effectively write him out of the script so early? Will AJ, with his promise to Tony and his dropping out of school, now move into his father's life?