According to Scorsese, the initial opening sequence was to feature the primary character, Sam Rothstein, preventing together with his estranged spouse Ginger on the garden of their home. The scene was too detailed, so that they changed the sequence to level out the explosion of Sam’s car and him flying into the air earlier than hovering over the flames in slow motion—like a soul about to go straight all the way down to hell. With the mafia now out of the casino industry, Sam laments the new impersonal, corporate-run resorts of Las Vegas. He is final seen working as a sports activities handicapper in San Diego, ending up in his own words, “right back the place I started”. The FBI approaches Sam for help by exhibiting him photos of Nicky and Ginger collectively, but he turns them down. The bosses are arrested and prepare for trial, and begin arranging the murders of anybody who might testify towards them and delay their subsequent sentences.