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The creator of ‘Sopranos’ talks about the controversial final scene: Is Tony dead?

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The creator of “The Sopranos” may have accidentally answered one of the most puzzled questions in television history: Did Tony Soprano die in the series finale?

Viewers have debated the plight of the New Jersey crowd boss since the 2007 HBO drama series “Made in America” ​​revolutionary finale, which starred Tony (James Gandolfini), his wife Carmella (Edie Falco) and son AJ (Robert Iler) waiting for daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) at a table in Holsten’s restaurant, thick with hints of an impending blow on Tony.

And then, shockingly, in an ending still debated today – arousing praise from some, but scorning others – the picture is shockingly black. Many viewers thought that their cable service had been interrupted at the worst possible time; when the credits rolled, they knew better. Since then, fans have debated the plight of Tony and his family.

James Gandolfini played the role of Tony Soprano in the HBO drama series “The Sopranos”. (Photo: Craig Blankenhorn, AP)

David Chase addressed the infamous issue in an interview published in the 2019 book “The Sopranos Sessions”, by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, at least initially seeming to accidentally reveal what happened after the mysterious blackout.

The exchange was as follows:

“When you said there was an end point, you don’t mean Tony at Holsten, you just wanted to say, ‘I think I have two more stories left,'” asked Sepinwall.

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“Yes, I think I had this death scene about two years before the end,” replied Chase. “I remember talking to Mitch Burgess about it, but it wasn’t – it was a little different. Tony was to be called to a meeting with Johnny Sack in Manhattan, and he was to return by the Lincoln tunnel for this meeting. , and it was going to go black there and you never saw him again when he came back, the theory being that something bad happened to him at the meeting. But we didn’t do it. ”

Zoller Seitz then rang to point out that Chase had just called the famous final scene a “death scene” – seeming to confirm that Tony is dead.

After “a long break,” according to the book, Chase replied, “(expletives) you guys,” and the three of them laughed.

But the conversation continues, as USA TODAY discovered by returning to the book.

Chase would return to the comment, saying that he had changed his mind and “didn’t want to do a death scene right.”

“I didn’t want you to feel” Oh, he’s meeting Johnny Sack and he’s going to get killed, “he added.

Sepinwall later asked to clarify the creator’s intention with the blackout.

“So the point of the scene was not – they hit him in the restaurant?” Asked the author. ” That he’s could have been beaten? ”

“Yes, let him could were beaten in the restaurant, “said Chase. »We all could be beaten in a restaurant. That was the point of the scene. He could have been hit. ”

Later in the interview, Zoller Seitz asked Chase how he responds to fans who are sure Tony died at the restaurant – and whether they are “incorrect.”

“I don’t know if this is my job,” said Chase. “They interpreted the scene this way. It should be a good thing, there are different interpretations. “

When Zoller Seitz insisted these fans were wrong, Chase refused to answer.

“It was not my intention to be 10 years puzzled about this,” said Chase later in the interview. “No matter what I say, I always immerse myself deeper. “

Sepinwall took Twitter Thursday after the interview began to resurface, saying that people were “misinterpreting” Chase.

“This story aggregates a year and a half old story that already aggregated the Sopranos Sessions interview, and extravagantly interprets what David Chase actually told us,” he wrote. “Which is more or less what he predicted would happen after this conversation. “

USA TODAY contacted Chase representatives for further comments.

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