You probably couldn’t avoid a headline yesterday that said David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, has finally revealed whether or not Tony Soprano lived after the famed cut-to-black finale that left the question up in the air. Here’s the original exchange during the Vox interview:
“We were in a tiny coffee shop, when, in the middle of a low-key chat about a writing problem I was having, I popped the question,” reads the article. “Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, ‘Why are we talking about this?’ I answered, ‘I’m just curious.’ And then, for whatever reason, he told me. […] He shook his head ‘no.’ And he said simply, ‘No he isn’t.’ That was all.”
But now after that quote blew up the internet yesterday, Chase is walking back the statement, saying Vox was wrong, the answer was wrong, all of it was wrong.
“A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview,” reads a statement issued by Chase’s rep, Leslee Dart. “To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true.
As always, Chase maintains that it’s a question that should never be answered, or really one that should even be asked, given his original anger during the interview. It reminds me of the scene in The Fault in Our Stars where the main character gets to meet her favorite author to ask what happened to all the characters after the book ended. “Nothing!” he snaps. “It’s fiction! They cease to exist!”
I don’t think Chase is quite that ornery, but I also don’t blame him for not wanting to answer the same unanswerable question for the rest of his life. It was supposed to be ambiguous, the answer is that there is no answer.
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