The end is near. Seriously.
But after Sunday, is there a possibility for a stay of execution?
The season finale of HBO's "The Sopranos" will conclude the drama's penultimate season and HBO spokespeople say creator David Chase is sticking to his creative guns that next year's shortened season of eight "bonus" episodes will close the curtain on the acclaimed series. Though Chase has changed his mind before about when to end the series, those in the know insist another reversal is out of the question.
"It's over, it's done, put a fork in it," said one executive this week.
Chase and the network this week are typically tight-lipped about cliffhangers or other situations in this year's finale, which will cap off a season filled with dramatic and emotional upheavals, including the shooting of mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) by his dementia-stricken uncle and the brutal murder of closeted gay gangster Vito Spatafore (Joe Gannascoli).
Production for the final season is expected to start this month, and the show is scheduled to return in January.
The current sixth season of 12 episodes was supposed to be the last for "The Sopranos," which returned in March after a two-year hiatus. But Chase announced as he was writing the episodes that he felt he had more stories to tell, which delighted network executives.