NEW YORK – Jackie Aprile Jr. didn't see it coming — but fans of The Sopranos sure did.
Viewers of last night's season finale said they knew there was a bullet with Jackie's name on it after he robbed a card game run by mob capo Ralph Cifaretto's crew.
So they weren't exactly shocked when he took one in the back of the head — on stepdad-to-be Ralphie's orders at Tony's urging — while hiding out in a housing project.
"When he left the house, I thought, ‘He's gonna get it,' and it was rather anticlimactic when it happened," said Rick Sabatini, 39, a graphics designer who was hosting a Sopranos party at his Bloomfield, N.J., home.
"I think they tried to throw a couple of curves into it, but they pretty much laid the groundwork last week."
Kieran Blake, 29, a Manhattan bartender, said he was a bit surprised the hit of the week was Jackie — but only because he "thought it was a little obvious."
While film editor Allison Teich, 24, of Manhattan, wasn't caught off guard by Jackie's untimely passing, she still found watching it upsetting.
"He was a good character," she said. "He was fun to watch."
Overall, the much-hyped episode got tepid reviews from diehards, who were surprised there wasn't more drama or a big cliffhanger at the end.
And the very last scene — showing the family gathered around as Uncle Junior serenaded them with the song "Ungrateful Heart" — fell flat with some Sopranoholics.
"I was disappointed," said Brooklyn bar owner Marea Chaveco Alverio. "They had much better episodes during the season."