Tony Soprano’s fate finally revealed by hit show’s creator (sort of)
"David Chase has shed new light on the HBO show’s mysterious final episode, which has intrigued fans since it was broadcast in 2007
The ultimate fate of Tony Soprano, the crime boss and protagonist of the television drama the Sopranos, has perhaps finally been revealed by the show’s creator.
David Chase, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, explained the show’s much-discussed ending, which shows Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, and his family eating in a restaurant.
As the song Don’t Stop Believing, by Journey, plays in the background, Tony looks up, and the screen suddenly goes black.
Tony Soprano’s ultimate fate has been the subject of debate among fans since the final episode aired in 2007. In the Reporter interview, Chase said he had always intended that Soprano should be killed in a restaurant, but said his initial vision for how that should be depicted was different.
“Because the scene I had in my mind was not that scene. Nor did I think of cutting to black,” Chase said.
“I had a scene in which Tony comes back from a meeting in New York in his car. At the beginning of every show, he came from New York into New Jersey, and the last scene could be him coming from New Jersey back into New York for a meeting at which he was going to be killed. Yeah.
“But I think I had this notion – I was driving on Ocean Park Boulevard near the airport and I saw a little restaurant. It was kind of like a shack that served breakfast. And for some reason I thought: ‘Tony should get it in a place like that.’ Why? I don’t know. That was, like, two years before.”
The Sopranos, which ran from 1999 to 2007, is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows as all time, but Chase said he had been frustrated by the response to the finale.
“I had no idea it would cause that much – I mean, I forget what was going on in Iraq or someplace, London had been bombed!” he said.
“Nobody was talking about that; they were talking about The Sopranos. It was kind of incredible to me. But I had no idea it would be that much of an uproar. And was it annoying? What was annoying was how many people wanted to see Tony killed. That bothered me.”