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"Sopranos" Creator Says Comments on Tony Soprano's Fate Were 'Misconstrued'

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:20:41 +0000

Craig Blankenhorn/HBO(NEW YORK) -- It appears we still don't know the answer to the question that's been lingering on the minds of Sopranos fans for seven years: Did Tony Soprano die in the finale? Thought it seemed that series creator David Chase had cleared up the matter in a recent interview, he now says his comments were misconstrued.

The acclaimed HBO drama famously wrapped in 2007 with a fade-to-black ending in a diner, accompanied by the Journey hit "Don't Stop Believin.'"

The scene seemingly left open the possibility that Soprano was killed. Chase was asked in a recent interview with Vox.com whether Soprano died. This was his response, in the words of writer Martha P. Nochimson: "He shook his head 'no.' And he said simply, 'No he isn't.'"

However, Chase's rep released the following statement Wednesday night: "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."

The statement continues, "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 actor who played Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini, died last year in Italy of a heart attack at the age of 51.


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