Friday, May 24, 2024

Tony Soprano: Neither Alive Nor Dead, Says David Chase: “A spiritual end” to show


Everybody just cool out. Sopranos creator David Chase says he did not tell a writer for that Tony Soprano is alive. Or dead.

Here’s a statement from Chase’s rep Leslee Dart:
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.

Writing from abroad for a few days, I don’t know exactly what’s going on minute to minute. I guess the NY Post went crazy for the Vox story. But I do know David Chase, we’ve had many conversations about this, and frankly, he would never have said that. He might have meant Tony Soprano lives on for fans or for himself. But the thing the Vox writer missed is that James Gandolfini is dead. The actor was Tony Soprano. David gave the most beautiful eulogy last year at Gandolfini’s funeral. And that is the end of Tony and the story.

When The Sopranos ended, that night, I wrote that when you cut to black without music at the end of a show, that would indicate death. My guess is that Tony and his family were murdered in that restaurant. But everyone has a different opinion. And no one will ever know the answer.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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