David Chase Says Tony Soprano Quote Was ‘Misconstrued’

David Chase on Tony Soprano Death

“Sopranos” creator David Chase has responded to the Vox story that went viral on Wednesday as it claims Chase finally revealed that Tony Soprano had lived at the end of the HBO drama, saying that the author of the story “misconstrued” his answer.

“A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview,” reads a statement issued by Chase’s rep, Leslee Dart. “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.”

The author of the lengthy Vox story writes that Chase lashed out after being asked whether or not famous mob boss was dead, but gave him a straight-forward answer.

“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,” reads the article. “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.”

The final fate of Tony Soprano has gone down as one of the biggest mysteries in TV, as the finale of the influential HBO hit left the gangster, played by the late James Gandolfini, on a cliffhanger.

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  1. Paul Caruso says:

    Great ending, Chase let each of us decide what happened to Tony..I loved it !!!.

  2. Tom says:

    Best HBO series ever! My ending would have been that during the restaurant scene two men (sitting in the restaurant) or coming from outside would have shot and killed the entire family. The camera afterwards would pan over the family one by one showing the outcome. And the final scene….Jr. Soprano sitting in his wheel with a blanket looking/staring out the window of his room. Camera pans back and then the screen goes black.

  3. Jane Dough says:

    Worst. Ending. Ever.

    David Chase’s indulgent metaphysical rationalizations notwithstanding …

  4. Peter Graham says:

    Well, who cares? Even if Tony survived whatever was going to take place in the cafe is really
    a pointless question, since nothing more concerning his character could be taken further & we know
    WHY that is! Rest in peace Mr. Gandolfini!

  5. Jeff Taylor says:

    Here’s what should have happened: After the blackout screen, we should have seen a reporter on the steps of the Federal court house in Newark with the FBI agents telling us that Tony Soprano and Silvio have just been convicted of racketeering and several murder charges including his own niece and nephew along with Jackie Jr. and in the back ground Carmela and Rose, Jackie’s mother, are sobbing as he is led away to prison. This would have given the viewers and series closure and great satisfaction knowing Carmela finally knew the truth about how ruthless Tony was that he even killed Adriana and Christopher! This should have been followed by message screens showing that Carmela re-married to the wall paper guy and led a quiet life working for Catholic charities to atone her sins of complacency for overlooking Tony’s crimes. A screen should then have showed that Meadow finished law school and was working as a prosecutor and Anthony Jr. went on to be a successful owner of his father’s carting company, turning it into a legitimate recycling company; Paulie, the only one who seemed to survive, left his life of crime and retired to Key West and fished until his death from a heart attack and finally, that after serving 10-years in prison, Tony was killed by a fellow inmate, this would have tied the entire series together and shown that in the end, crime didn’t pay for any of them….but instead, Chase left us to imagine what happened…..

  6. Derp says:

    I wasn’t even a fan of the show and I understood the ending. The guy is a mafia boss. He will spend his whole life anticipating the hit that finally kills him. Doesn’t matter if it happened that day, or the day after that, or the following week, month or year. That’s the life (until it’s over.) Just goes to show how much people romanticize the mafia if they think a happy ending is even on the table.

    • carlos says:

      I think there are greater implications to the final scene/episode, but essentially yeah you’re right. I understand where David Chase is coming from. I would be infuriated and depressed to learn over and over again that so many fans of my work turned out to be idiots who didn’t internalize anything they learned in high school english class.

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