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
[Everyone is at Lou's memorial service
Well, I don't really have a lot to say but... fortunately Lou does. He left this letter in my locker with specific instructions on it for it not to be opened until after he died. Unlike some people we know I actually obeyed the instructions. So here goes.
[Tommy opens the letter and begins to read
Dear Tom, if you're reading this it probably means I'm dead. It might have come as a shock to you but I'll tell you right now I was living on borrowed time. My ...