Did he die or didn’t he? Seven years later people still debate whether mob boss Tony Soprano died on the show’s famous finale. Now the man who gave the “Sopranos” life reveals the truth.
Show creator David Chase gave up the answer to writer Martha P. Nochimson during an interview published on Vox.com. Read the lengthy story here.
She writes that she and Chase were chatting in a coffee shop when she dared to ask what really happened in that fateful, final scene when last we saw Tony (James Gandolfini), his wife (Edie Falco), and his son (Robert Iler) sitting in a restaurant waiting for daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler).
Remember the sudden, startling, shocking fade to black?
Read on if you want to know what happened next.
Nochimson writes what happened after she asked Chase whether Tony died: “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.”
Fade to black.
Or maybe not.
On Wednesday night, a spokesman for Chase issued a classic non-denial denial.
“A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate,” the statement read.
“There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, ‘Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.’ To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.”
Vox’s rebuttal: “It would not be the first time a source went a bit further than they meant to on the record. Nor would it be the first time Chase has answered a question about one of the central ambiguities of the series in frustration, just because he’s sick of being asked about it.”