I've read alot of those theories, but also contradictions to them..
"The trucker was the brother of the guy who was robbed byThats not necessarily true - none of them are credited that way. They are people who are supposed to look like people from his past.., but thats NOT Nikki Leotardo (its a different character) and Tony killed one (if not both) of the carjackers.. The scene - the suspense and feeling you felt watching was supposed to be what Tony lives with everyday.. remembering faces, who might want to come after him, who will come after him...
Christopher in Season 2. Remember the DVD players? The trucker had to identify the body.
the two black guys, they were paid before to kill tony but he was only shot in the ear
the guy who was sitting at the bar stool, who the camera kept focusing in on, is Nikki Leotardo, Phil Leotardo's nephew, he was in one of the early season episodes where Phil and Tony have a sit down...."
I read this article and he summarized it great and think its an excellent analysis. Chase is using the final scene to place the viewer into Tony's mind-set. This is how he sees the world: Every open door, every person walking past him could be coming to kill him or arrest him or otherwise harm him or his family. This is his life, even though the paranoia's rarely justified. We end without knowing what Tony's looking at because he never knows what's coming next.
And it wasn't a cut to black - it was a cut to gray.. (alot of gray area).. The screen turns darker when the credits roll (theres only one shade of black)
And - if you want to look REALLY too deep into this.. the song on the 'B' side of "Don't Stop Believing"... "Anyway you want it".. So there ya have it.. look at the ending anyway way you want it...
And - not that this matters because it could have been a slip of the tongue, but when David Chase was asked about making a movie he said that he's toyed with the idea but "going back to a day in 2006 that you didn't see, but then (Tony's children) would be older than they were then and you would know that Tony doesn't get killed. It's got problems."