Spoiler: H Sometimes subverting expectations works, and when it does it can be mindblowing ( e.g. the big reveal at the end of the 6th Sense). However, when it doesn't work it just pisses the audience off ( e.g. the big reveal at the end of the Happening). Sure Chase subverts audience expectations with the abrupt fade but is it satisfying ? IMO it's not, it's a clever idea and in some shows it might work, but in this case I don't think it did - particularly given all the ups and downs Tony goes through during the series, we want to know what happens to him ( and Paulie and Silvio and Carmella..... I really lost interest in AJ and Meadow ).