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The creator of “The Sopranos” may have accidentally answered one of the most confusing questions in TV history: did Tony Soprano die in the series finale?

Viewers have debated the fate of the mob boss in New Jersey since the groundbreaking HBO drama’s 2007 final series, “Made in America,” featuring Tony (James Gandolfini), Mrs. Carmella (Edie Falco) and son A.J. (Robert Iler) waits for daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) at a table in Holsten’s restaurant, excitement thick with hints of an impending hit on Tony.

And then, shockingly, in an ending that is still being debated today – and praised by some, but mocked by others – the picture is shocking to black. Many viewers thought their cable service had gone out at the worst moment; when the credits rolled they knew better. Ever since, fans have been discussing the fate of Tony and his family.

James Gandolfini starred as Tony Soprano in HBO’s dramatic series “The Sopranos.” (Photo: Craig Blankenhorn, AP)

David Chase addressed the notorious issue in an interview published in the book 2019 “Sopranos Sessions, “by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, seems to at least inadvertently give away what happened after the mystifying blackout.

The yield was as follows:

“When you said there was an end point, you didn’t mean Tony at Holstein’s, you just meant, ‘I think I have another two years of stories left in me,'” Sepinwall asked.

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“Yeah, I think I had that death scene about two years before the end,” Chase replied. “I remember talking to Mitch Burgess about it, but it wasn’t – it was a little different. Tony would be called to a meeting with Johnny Sack in Manhattan, and he would go back through the Lincoln Tunnel for that meeting, and it would get black there and you never saw him again when he was on his way back, the theory was that something bad was happening to him at the meeting. But we didn’t. “

Zoller Seitz then chimed in to point out that Chase had just referred to the infamous final scene as a “death scene” – seems to confirm that Tony is dying.

After “a long break,” according to the book, Chase replied, “(expletive) you,” and all three burst out laughing.

But the conversation continues, as the USA TODAY found when I went back to the book.

Chase went back to the comment saying he had changed his mind and “didn’t want to do a direct death scene.”

“I didn’t want you to feel like, ‘Oh, he’s meeting Johnny Sack and he’s going to be killed,'” he added.

Later, Sepinwall asked to clarify the creator’s intention of blackout.

“So the point of the scene is not” they beat him in dinner? “” asked the author. “That’s what he is could have i lost? “

“Yes, he does could has been hunting in the diners, “Chase said.” We All could be smashed in a restaurant. That was the point of the stage. He could have been beaten. “

Later in the interview, Zoller asked Seitz Chase how he responds to fans who are certain that Tony died in the restaurant – and if they are “wrong”.

“I don’t know if that’s my job,” Chase said. “They have interpreted the scene that way. It should be good, that there are different interpretations.”

When Zoller Seitz pressed on whether these fans were wrong, Chase refused to answer.

“It was not my intention to create a ten-year crime about this,” Chase said later in the interview. “No matter what I say about it, I always dig deeper.”

Sepinwall increased Twitter on Thursday after the disputed interview started popping up again, saying people “misinterpreted” Chase.

“That story gathers one and a half old stories that already gathered the interview from The Sopranos Sessions and misinterpreted what David Chase actually told us,” he wrote. “Which is more or less what he predicted would happen after we had that conversation.”

USA TODAY has reached Chase’s representatives for further comments.

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