The Sopranos

The Sopranos Creator Says Tony May Not Have Died After All – But He’s Glad You Think He Did

The Sopranos creator David Chase clarifies recent comments suggesting Tony Soprano died in the infamous series finale.

It appears news of the death of The Sopranos’ Tony Soprano was a little premature.

“Spoke to [Sopranos creator] David Chase about [THR] claiming that in a recent interview, he ‘settled’ the end of [The Sopranos],” writer Matt Zoller Seitz tweeted. “He did not. He asked me to release this quote [sic]: ‘Everybody who believes I said Tony is dead in a Hollywood Reporter article: works for me. Now you’ll stop fucking asking me.'”

The fate of Tony Soprano was left nebulous when The Sopranos concluded in 2007. However, Chase seemed to have provided a definitive answer to what happened when the screen cut to black when he recently said, “I had a scene in which Tony comes back from a meeting in New York in his car. At the beginning of every show, he came from New York into New Jersey, and the last scene could be him coming from New Jersey back into New York for a meeting at which he was going to be killed. But I think I had this notion — I was driving on Ocean Park Boulevard near the airport and I saw a little restaurant,” the series creator said. “It was kind of like a shack that served breakfast. And for some reason, I thought, ‘Tony should get it in a place like that.’ Why? I don’t know.”

“Yeah, nobody said anything about the episode. No, it was all about the ending,” Chase continued, expressing his frustration with those who simply wanted to see Tony die. “That bothered me. They wanted to know that Tony was killed. They wanted to see him go face-down in linguini, you know? And I just thought, ‘God, you watched this guy for seven years and I know he’s a criminal. But don’t tell me you don’t love him in some way, don’t tell me you’re not on his side in some way. And now you want to see him killed? You want justice done? You’re a criminal after watching this shit for seven years.’ That bothered me, yeah.”

The Sopranos ran on HBO for six seasons over 86 episodes from 1999-2007, centering on James Gandolfini’s Italian American (by way of New Jersey) mob boss Tony Soprano. The show is considered by many to be one of the best of all time and a significant turning point in modern television dramas. It recently spawned a prequel film, The Many Saints of New York, and HBO Max is reportedly working on a new series set after the film and prior to the events of The Sopranos proper.

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