Have either of you made a similar argument?
hell no - this guy obviously spent many hours looking at this and thinking about it and constructing that essay - and researching every shite David Chase has taken in the last ten years. I will never care enough to do that and frankly IDGAF what Chase says in an interview years later.
I agree with a lot of what he says, but to me there is no "conclusive proof" of something happening that does not appear on screen or in the dialogue. Chase's "trail of breadcrumbs" is all stuff other people see in the work. It was left open to interpretation on purpose. He gave his, and its a great one.
I gave MY interpretation of the meaning of the ending (page 4 of this thread).
It is not a question of who's right or wrong. It is just a black screen.