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David Chase: Tony Soprano did not die in the Finale.

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  • Started 3 years ago by Andy_brown
  • Latest reply from Alfredo_T

  1. Andy_brown
    Member

    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. 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.

    He also said the cut to black was based on the poem “Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe, which is about struggling to determine what is reality and what is fantasy. (“Is all that we see or seem / But a dream within a dream?”) So there’s that, too, if you feel like interpreting some poetry today.

    http://uproxx.com/tv/2014/08/sopranos-creator-david-chase-finally-reveals-if-tony-died-or-not-in-the-finale/

    Posted on August 27, 2014 - 04:36 PM #
  2. PianoMan
    Member

    Sounds to me like Chase was simply tired of the subject: "OK, have it your way, whatever." Can't blame him.

    I've never understood why this ending was even controversial. Of course Tony was killed. I knew immediately what had happened the first time I saw the episode. He was shot in the head at point-blank range, and the reason we don't hear the gunshot is because HE didn't (bullets travel faster than sound). Hence the half-surprised, half-resigned look on his face as he recognized his assassin, followed by the cut to black. Brilliantly handled. Never had the slightest doubt about it.

    Posted on August 27, 2014 - 11:08 PM #
  3. RadioBuggie
    Member

    OK...can I collect on my bet now Al?..

    :)

    Posted on August 27, 2014 - 11:37 PM #
  4. Alfredo_T
    Member

    One clue that was given to people who watched the series on home video (but not likely to those who viewed it on cable TV) was that the last episode was entitled "Made in America."

    In the diner, there is a man wearing a hat with an American flag. This man walks around and behind the Soprano family, presumably to go to the restroom. In an earlier episode, it was explained to viewers that mobsters become "made guys" (that is, they go up to a very high status) by assassinating on behalf of the crime family.

    Posted on August 28, 2014 - 02:13 AM #