THE SOPRANOS: Tony Soprano's Death Confirmed?


Does Tony Soprano get whacked in the final episode ofThe Sopranos? It's a question hotly debated since it aired in 2017. Now creatorDavidChasehas retroactively spoiled the controversial scene. Or did he?

At the end of the mob drama, Tony (played byJames Gandolfini) and his family eat at a diner as a hitman awaits nearby. But before anything happens, the screen fades to black asJourney’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” plays.

During a leaked interview forThe Sopranos Sessions, his book about the HBO mob drama, Chase was asked, “When you said there was an end point, you don’t mean Tony at Holsten’s [the diner], you just meant, ‘I think I have two more years’ worth of stories left in me.’”

Then Chase seemed to spill the beans, saying, “Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end… But we didn’t do that.”

One of the authors realized the slip-up, saying, “You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene.”

Chase replied with an expletive.

But later a co-writer of the book wrote that Chase did not “confirm“ that “Tony died."

MZS@mattzollerseitz
David Chase did not “confirm“ that “Tony died“ in the Sopranos book I cowrote with @Sepinwall. He spoke of another ending he considered, yrs before the one he actually wrote. Even that scene was open to interpretation. Frustrating to be intentionally misrepresented for clicks.
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