It has caused debate since it aired in 2007: what really happened to Mafia boss Tony Soprano in the acclaimed series’ final, abrupt scene.
David Chase’s magnificent show – which ran for six series – is reckoned to be one of the finest drama shows of all time, in any genre.
Starring the late, great James Gandolfini as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, it attempted to lift the lid on the personal and emotional strains of running a criminal empire.
But at the end, viewers were mystified – and angry – about Chase’s choice of ambiguous ending.
Debate has raged for years about what really happened in that final scene – or least there was speculation about its meaning and what would happened next.
Now Chase has let slip in an interview about what really happened.
Men’s Health reports that during an interview with Alan Sepinwall, Chase said:
“When you said there was an end point, you don’t mean Tony at Holsten’s [the diner] you just meant, ‘I think I have two more years’ worth of stories left in me,” Sopranos Sessions co-author Alan Sepinwall asked, according to USA Today.
“Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end…But we didn’t do that,” Chase answered.
“You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene,” co-author Matt Zoller Seitz said after the accidental reveal.
Realizing his mistake, Chase jokingly retorted back “F*** you guys,” as People reports. So there you go guys —13 years of debate ended, just like that.”