UPDATE: After the below article was posted, more evidence has emerged about this iconic scene and illustrious question that has plagued the minds of fans for years. Rolling Stone has reported today in a statement that Chase's representative says his words were misinterpreted and that the question dogging Sopranos fans about the finale is still unanswered.
"A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview," Chase's representative Leslee Dart said in a statement. "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."
ORIGINAL POST BELOW
The stage was set. One of the biggest shows ever to grace the television screen was about to bow out. The critically acclaimed HBO drama, The Sopranos, had finally reached its thrilling finale in the eighty-sixth episode of the series entitled 'Made in America'.
Airing on June 10, 2007, the episode gave one of TV's most memorable scenes. An ambiguous fade to black that left millions of fans screaming at what was seemingly a broken television, and one burning question. Did Tony Soprano die? Finally we can reveal the conclusive answer thanks to series creator, executive producer and showrunner David Chase via an interview posted on VOX.
"I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead or alive," Martha P. Nochimson said in her Vox piece. "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. And I will tell you. "
When she reportedly asked if Tony Soprano is dead, Chase shook his head "no" and said, "No he isn't."
Chase has notoriously dodged questions thrown at him about the ambigious ending in the past. Preferring to stay silent on the matter, however in a an interview from ''The Sopranos: The Complete Book" he did hit back at certain fan feedback.
"There was so much more to say than could have been conveyed by an image of Tony facedown in a bowl of onion rings with a bullet in his head. Or, on the other side, taking over the New York mob. The way I see it is that Tony Soprano had been people's alter ego," he said. "They had gleefully watched him rob, kill, pillage, lie, and cheat. They had cheered him on. And then, all of a sudden, they wanted to see him punished for all that. They wanted 'justice.' They wanted to see his brains splattered on the wall. I thought that was disgusting, frankly. But these people have always wanted blood. Maybe they would have been happy if Tony had killed twelve other people. Or twenty-five people. Or, who knows, if he had blown up Penn Station. The pathetic thing—to me—was how much they wanted his blood, after cheering him on for eight years."
So there you have it. After 7 long years, the question has finally been answered. Tony Soprano didn't die. Unfortunately, it is most unllikely that we will ever see The Sopranos grace the screen again, as actor James Gandolfini tragically died in 2013 from a heart attack.