I read this today and am glad I did. Because it all makes sense now and turned the Sopranos finale from shit to shine...
Tony DID get whacked. The only question is by who?
Remember first Bobby's comments to Tony earlier this season about getting whacked (which were also replayed either last week or the week before). He said something to the effect of "you don't see it coming, you don't feel nothing, everything just fades to black". That was your ending.
As for the who, take note of the credits for the folks in the restaurant at the end. The guy at the counter that goes to the bathroom is Nikki Leotardo, Phil's nephew. The black men are the same ones that shot Tony in season two, but only clipped his ear. Oddly, the Boy Scouts were in the store last week when Bobby got it, so they are going to have some issues, but my money says it wasn't the Boy Scouts.
My money says that based on the title, "Made in America", it was the trucker with the hat that read "USA". The same trucker who was the brother of the trucker that Christopher robbed and killed in season two...he was the guy that had to identify the body. It's all in the credits.
But Tony was, indeed, whacked.
Combine this with the appearance of Steven van Zandt (Sil) on a morning radio show saying, "The answer is in the credits"... and you've got your finale.
Pretty bad ass is you ask us.