The famously cryptic final scene of the classic HBO mob drama The Sopranos has been a popular topic of debate among fans ever since it first aired in 2007. However, there is no longer any reason to argue about the fate of Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini), as creator David Chase accidentally spoiled the true ending during a discussion with the co-authors of his book.
According to The Independent, Chase was discussing his book The Sopranos Sessions – which is all about the Emmy-winning series – when he revealed what happened to Tony in the series’ finale episode titled “Made In America.”
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As fans remember, Tony is eating out with his family at Holsten’s diner as a turf war rages between the New Jersey and New York Mafia families. However, as an enemy hitman is waiting nearby the screen abruptly jumps to black as Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ plays as the soundtrack.
Did Tony Soprano get whacked? The debate has been raging on among fans, critics, and the cast for more than a decade, and now they have their answer. Chase revealed Tony’s fate during a roundtable discussion with the book’s co-author, Alan Sepinwall.
“When you said there was an endpoint, 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,’” stated Sepinwall, to which Chase replied: “Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end.”
Chase went on to say that Tony was going to get called to a meeting with Johnny Sack in Manhattan, and he was going to go back through the Lincoln Tunnel for this meeting. The 74-year-old said that the screen was going to go black there, and fans would never see him again as he was heading back. The theory, explained Chase, is that something bad happens to Tony at the meeting. But, they ultimately opted not to do that.
When co-author Matt Zoller Seitz realized that Chase had just dropped a major bombshell, he said: “You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene.” Realizing what he had just done, Chase replied: “F*ck you guys.”
The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark is scheduled to be released on March 12, 2021.