News reports exploded when David Chase allegedly made the statement that Tony Soprano died following the final scene of the series finale of The Sopranos. But did Chase really say this?
It has been seven years since the conclusion of The Sopranos, and some people just don’t want to let it go. Fans want a clear answer to whether or not Tony Soprano died at the end of “Made in America,” the series’ final episode. It was one of the most controversial ending of a show, maybe the most controversial, in the history of television.
You can take a look at the ending here:
These days the Web has been inundated with articles reporting that when questioned during an interview with Vox if Tony were dead, Chase replied, “No, he isn’t.” Audiences took that as a clear, literal answer. As Chase said, the answer is in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Dream Within a Dream.” The moral of the poem is that you miss the bigger picture and the important things in life by focusing on a small part; trying to grasp it, trying to explain it. Then, when you fail, you question everything. You question reality.
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A representative of David Chase made the following statement in reference to the interview:
“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.”
Did people watch The Sopranos to see how it ends? A happy, fairytale ending, or a bloodbath with Tony’s and his family’s brains spattered over their crispy onion rings? Was this the point? Or did they want to know if Tony lived, clinging to hope for a movie to be made based on the series? Maybe they were eager to have closure and to move on with their lives. In both scenarios, of either a happily-ever-after or a massacre, the ending would be cliché. Chase would never give such a predictable conclusion to such a groundbreaking show. One of the goals of an inconclusive ending is this, what we are doing now. Talking about it and passionately debating it after seven years.
James Gandolfini is dead now. Without Tony Soprano, there can’t be a movie.
One of the most popular theories is that the Russian, Valeri, killed Tony in the end. Let’s see what David Chase had to say about the Russian:
David Chase stated many times that one of his favorite films is 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is a movie with an abstract ending and many unanswered questions. The point of that film wasn’t to answer what happened in the end. The ending was crafted as such in order to allow many interpretations, and to create an aura of mystery.
So, my friends, if you love The Sopranos so much, re-watch it. “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it.” -Greg Anderson
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