In an interview with Hollywood journalist, Chase finally revealed what would initially happen at the end of Les Sopranos series finale, when he got the idea for the final ending, and why some of the fan reactions annoyed him.
This story contains spoilers for the Sopranos’ final scene – if you, like many others, are on your first viewing, go back now.
As a reminder, The Sopranos ended with a scene in which James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano waits for his family at a restaurant. After family members and unknown characters gradually enter the restaurant and a shady figure walks towards the bathroom, the restaurant door bell rings, Tony looks up and the show abruptly passes. in the dark.
Ultimately, Chase’s initial plan for the ending was clearer. “The scene I had in mind was not this scene,” he said of the ending. “I didn’t think of going black either. I had a scene where Tony comes back from a meeting in New York in his car. At the start of each show, he was coming from New York to New Jersey, and the last scene could be him coming from New Jersey to New York for a meeting where he was going to be killed.
While some showrunners know exactly how they’ll end their show early on, Chase admits that the end of the Sopranos came much later.
“I was driving on Ocean Park Boulevard near the airport and saw a little restaurant,” he explained. “It was a bit like a cabin that served breakfast. And for some reason I thought, ‘Tony should have him in a place like this.’ Why? I do not know. It was, like, two years before.
Although The Sopranos ended in 2007, the series saw a resurgence following The Many Saints of Newark – a prequel film written by Chase himself.
But when it comes to The Sopranos, the ending still dominates the conversation, which clearly bothers Chase.
“Yeah, nobody said anything about the episode,” he said. “No, it was all about the end. “
“I had no idea it would cause so much – I mean, I forget what was going on in Iraq or elsewhere; London had been bombed! No one spoke of it; they were talking about the Sopranos. It was pretty amazing for me. But I didn’t know it would be so much uproar. And was it embarrassing? What was annoying was the number of people who wanted to see Tony killed. It bothered me.
Since the last episode aired in 2007, the infamous blackout moment had sparked debate among fans over whether Tony was dead or not – and whether a death should have been shown on screen. Many fans of the Sopranos wanted to see Tony’s disappearance for themselves – something that has long angered Chase.
“They wanted to know Tony had been killed. They wanted to see him face down in linguini, you know? And I just thought, ‘God, you’ve been looking at this guy for seven years and I know he’s a criminal. But don’t tell me you don’t like her somehow, don’t tell me you’re not on her side somehow. And now you want to see him killed? Do you want justice done? You’re a criminal after watching this shit for seven years. It bothered me, yeah.
Sopranos fans finally get some of their questions answered, with The Many Saints of Newark finally revealing who killed Dickie Moltisanti. And with a new a prequel series would be in preparation, looks like The Sopranos is gaining strength.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.