An early idea for an ending to this episode (and thus the finale of the show) was to have Tommy walk into a burning room and sit down in a chair effectively committing suicide. There was then planned to be an immediate cut to black. However after continuing with the show, writers and co-creators Denis Leary
and Peter Tolan
decided on the considerably less dark ending seen here. See more
Kenneth 'Lou' Shea
Today we are gathered together here to honor five men. My men. My brothers. Five men who were given a choice to run. To flee for safe ground. To seek clean, fresh air or to move deeper, knowing the danger. Knowing that two young people, innocent kids were crying out for help. For my men to save them. We all know which choice they made. These men, these five extraordinary human beings will forever live in my heart and in the memory of all who knew them and in the public records of this great ...