Well, we know there's a snitch in Phil's inner circle and my bet is that it's Butch. I say this in part because he reminds me of Sammy "the Bull" Gravano who sold out John Gotti. If so, that would eliminate both Phil and Butch from running NY. One in prison and one in the program. This could very well put Little Carmine back in the big seat in New York. This would be ironic given Carmine's waxing philosophically about why he no longer wants to be boss- an irony that seems right up David Chase's ally.
It would also help create the sense that a friend and ally of Tony's is in charge of New York now. And give us one more hilarious malapropism to go out on. It would lift the storm clouds over Tony, and I predict it will happen but only to lull us into a false sense of safety before we turn back toward one final catastrophe. Keep in mind that Carmine was also a friend of Rusty Milio's who Tony helped get rid of.