The man behind one of TV’s all-time great mysteries may have finally spilled the beans about the fate of mob boss Tony Soprano, offering an illuminating comment on the infamous fade-to-black finale of “The Sopranos”.
In the new book The Sopranos Sessions by authors Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall, “Sopranos” creator David Chase dishes on the show’s infamous ending, with Tony (the late James Gandolfini) and his family sitting in a New Jersey ice cream parlour when the scene abruptly cuts to black.
As reported by Time, Chase explains a comment he made indicating that he still had “two more years’ worth of stories left in me” when discussing the series’ end point.
“Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end,” says Chase, who has consistently refused to elaborate on theories that the ending symbolizes Tony’s point of view going dark when he’s assassinated in the restaurant.
“I remember talking with [‘Sopranos’ writer and executive producer] Mitch Burgess about it. But it wasn’t — it was slightly different,” he adds. “Tony was going to get called to a meeting with Johnny Sack in Manhattan, and he was going to go back through the Lincoln Tunnel for this meeting, and it was going to go black there and you never saw him again as he was heading back, the theory being that something bad happens to him at the meeting. But we didn’t do that.”
Seitz, however, picks up on a phrase that Chase probably regrets using. “You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene,” he says.
After a long pause, Chase simply says, “F**k you guys.”
However, Uproxx shares what Chase says next, indicating that Tony’s murder at the end of the series was a possibility, but was never meant to be definitive.
“[Tony] could have been whacked,” he adds, before being asked point-blank whether Tony was indeed killed.
“I’m not going to answer that question,” Chase replies.