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David Chase: ‘Whether Tony Soprano Is Alive or Dead Is Not the Point’

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano The Kobal Collection/HBO

"The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer"

On Wednesday, Vox reported that Sopranos creator David Chase had finally answered a question burning in some fans’ minds about whether or not the lead character of his hit HBO series had died after its final scene.

“He shook his head ‘no,’ and he said simply, ‘No he isn’t.’ And that was all,” reads the piece by Martha P. Nochimson, in dramatically enlarged lettering atop a black background, which pops up to fill the screen when you arrive at that point in the article.

The site declared definitively that Tony Soprano was not dead, as many had theorized after the finale’s ambiguous fade-to-black last scene, and subsequent media reports drew similar conclusions.

However, Chase issued a statement Wednesday, through a publicist, countering that his words had been misrepresented.

According to the statement, published in a piece by TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture, Chase said Wednesday:

“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.”

Welp, that settles it. Go back to believing whatever you believed. Tony Soprano may or may not be dead. And Hello Kitty may or may not be a cat. It’s all relative.

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