David Chase has finally clarified the ending of The Sopranos, but you may not view this as a happy occasion when you hear what he has to say about the audience.
When The Sopranos came to an end in 2007, the series famously cut to black in the middle of a scene leaving audiences to ponder what happened for nearly 15 years. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Chase has finally given us an idea of what happened.
Chase confirmed that Tony Soprano did indeed die in Holsten’s in those final moments.
Chase said it wasn’t what he had originally envisioned, however. “Because the scene I had in my mind was not that scene. Nor did I think of cutting to black. I had a scene in which Tony comes back from a meeting in New York in his car. At the beginning of every show, he came from New York into New Jersey, and the last scene could be him coming from New Jersey back into New York for a meeting at which he was going to be killed.”
He went on to explain what he had originally envisioned, saying “I was driving on Ocean Park Boulevard near the airport and I saw a little restaurant. It was kind of like a shack that served breakfast. And for some reason I thought, “Tony should get it in a place like that.” Why? I don’t know. That was, like, two years before.”
What Chase doesn’t care for, however, is how people have obsessed over the fact they didn’t see it happen. “They wanted to know that Tony was killed. They wanted to see him go face-down in linguini, you know? And I just thought, “God, you watched this guy for seven years and I know he’s a criminal. But don’t tell me you don’t love him in some way, don’t tell me you’re not on his side in some way. And now you want to see him killed? You want justice done? You’re a criminal after watching this shit for seven years.” That bothered me, yeah.”
Chase currently has a new deal with Warner Bros. and is working on developing a new Sopranos prequel series that would continue from the end of The Many Saints of Newark.