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I have larger thoughts about this now that I’ve pondered it a bit more, rewatched the episode and read various interpretations. But a narrow point for now, on one such interpretation. Stephen Metcalf writes :

Meadow’s trouble parking makes sense—beautiful, tragic sense. She bursts in to see her father’s murder as a tableau. This is in pointed contrast to A.J. and Carmela, who form part of that tableau—the blood and agony—while she, Meadow, stands apart. Chase is always telling us something: Meadow is the one family member who “gets it,” i.e., who has cultivated enough of a life within mainstream culture to see her father’s vocation for what it was.

I think this is deeply flawed. I agree with those who say that whatever else the ending means, one thing is for sure: the Sopranos family itself was fully corrupted. That was the point of Tony’s father-daughter chat, where Meadow reveals that her Dad’s b.s. about anti-Italian discrimination actually paid off.  Meadow isn’t going to be a pediatrician, a career which Tony clearly saw as good and pure and untainted by “our thing.” Helping “little babies” was Tony’s dream for his daughter. Instead she’s marrying a mobster’s son and, it is clearly hinted, will go work at a law firm that defends mobsters and those corrupted by them. She may “get it” but the ending shows that she’s as self-deluded and corrupt as her own father, and as full of b.s. as her idiot-slacker brother. 

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