Did he die or did he live? That was the main question (well. that question and also “Did my cable just cut out on me?”) so many fans of The Sopranos were left with after the show’s series finale aired back in June 2007, and the scene in the diner cut to black, with many suspicious looking figures surrounding Tony Soprano and his family. It’s been a question that the show’s creator David Chase has avoided answering in the seven years since the series has been off of television. However, now, in an article from Martha P. Nochimson of Vox, which was just published this morning, it appears that Chase has finally said whether Tony made it out of the diner alive or not.
“I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead or alive,” Nochimson writes. “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. 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. And I will tell you. So keep reading.”
The whole article is pretty long and deals with a lot more than simply The Sopranos, including details about David Chase’s approach to storytelling and the films that he has been making in his post-Sopranos career. However, let’s get back to the main question: Is Tony dead? The answer appears to be no.
“Just the fact and no interpretation. He shook his head ‘no.’ And he said simply, ‘No he isn’t,” it says within Nochimson’s article in a big graphic to show just how significant this answer apparently is.
So there you have it, Sopranos fans. David Chase has finally fessed up, and now we know. So let’s hope that everyone can go back to focusing on how great of a show The Sopranos was throughout its run instead of worrying about its ending. Because, let’s be honest: endings are never the best, or most important, part of any series. The fun is in how get there.
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