Hi, jtk, and thanks so much for all the very generous comments.
There were times through the series, well before there was a Chase Lounge, when I (and many others here) were still posting at Sopranoland and when the process of analyzing and reading and writing about the series was just galvanizing and tremendously rewarding. But I think the process of putting this particular post together, utilizing so much insight from previous exchanges, was the most rewarding thing I've experienced in connection with analyzing the show. It just provided a framework that elevated and unified the last half of the series in a way that nothing else did.
It's funny. The patricidal angle to Chris' murder is very likely the most overlooked piece of symbolism in the whole show (I can't recall a single critic or blogger or high profile writer addressing Tony's repressed paternal hatred as a major, multi-seasonal theme that culminated in Christopher's murder.) But it just feels like "truth" to me, and, whether or not it's what Chase intended, it's how I see it. Nice to know that others see it the same way.