Everyone can remember where they were during the finale of HBO’s The Sopranos. With Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” serving as a musical backdrop for the answer to one of the most anticipated questions in TV history – will Tony Soprano live or die – ultimately viewers were left with an open-ended conclusion, a cut to black, and the general sense that life as a mobster meant that you’d probably never see “it” coming. In a recent interview, David Chase finally serves up a definitive answer as to what happened to New Jersey’s crime boss. While the spoiler-filled excerpt appears below, head here to read the entire interview.
On occasion he breaks his reserve, but makes it clear that I am not to write about anything he says that is an interpretation of his own work, since he believes that the art of entertaining is leaving the audience imagination to run wild. So when he answered the “Did Tony die” question, he was laconic.
Just the fact and no interpretation. He shook his head “no.” And he said simply, “no he isn’t.” That was all.
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. 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.