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David Chase Says Tony Soprano Quote Was ‘Misconstrued’

“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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