After years of ducking or avoiding the answer, “The Sopranos” creator David Chase has finally answered the biggest lingering question about that famously ambiguous final sequence from the very last episode of HBO’s “The Sopranos” back in 2006.
Still one of the most talked about moments in television history, the diner scene sees Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) meeting his family as dark and potentially dangerous figures hang around in the background. Just as Tony’s daughter walks in, the scene unexpectedly cuts to black.
That left everyone pondering the obvious question – was Tony killed? Vox.Com straight up asked Chase if Tony Soprano was dead and Chase responded with an equally succinct and definitive answer – shaking his head ‘no’ and saying simply “No, he isn’t.”
The article also touched upon the topic of the third season episode “Pine Barrens”. In that episode, Tony is set to dispose of a Russian mobster in the woods, but the mobster manages to escape and is never seen from again. Did he die? Chase said: “I don’t give a f–k about the Russian.”
UPDATE: Chase’s representative has issued a statement to EW in reaction to the Vox story:
“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.”