The show ended over five years ago, but 12 million Sopranos fans still remember the infamous last scene that aired June 10, 2007.
Now, finally, after years of speculation, The Sopranos creator David Chase talked to an Associated Press writer about the final scene that shocked HBO viewers everywhere. For those who don’t remember, the last scene shows Tony Soprano (played by James Gandolfini), eating onion rings at a dinner with his family -- while suspicious-looking people prowl around the restaurant.
Just as we can't stand the tension anymore, the screen goes black. The End.
Once viewers realized their TV and cable were still working, anger and heated arguments erupted. Was Tony killed? Who were those people? What happened after the scene ended? In the end, no questions were answered and many Sopranos fans were furious at the show and Chase.
Whether or not Chase intended to revive Sopranos discussion or not is up for debate. He has lately been the center of many interviews, discussing his new film, “Not Fade Away.” In one recent interview, the discussion somehow shifted to The Sopranos’ murky finale.
Chase makes it known that he was proud of the show ending but never expected it to be so earth shattering for fans. He explained in the interview, “I think a lot of people thought they were being made a fool of […] None of that was what was going on.”
Chase stands by his decision but admits it may have not been executed well – “I thought it said some things but people didn’t get it because they were angry.”
Ultimately, it shouldn’t be about whether or not Tony died. Chase wanted to shift the focus to the fragility of life and death. “The whole show had been about time in a way, and the time allotted on this Earth.”
As a mobster, Tony was always on the brink of death. Even when he got what he wanted, he was never completely happy. Chase’s intention was to bring this to the forefront – life is short.
Chase makes a compelling point. After six seasons, would everyone have been satisfied with his death? If he continued to live on as he did, would that have made a rewarding ending?
Most likely, not.
Chase explains, “Am I supposed to do a scene and ending where it shows that crime doesn’t pay? Well, we saw that crime pays.”
Speak up, Sopranos fans. Did this bring any closure or are you hanging on to a question that will never be answered? Was Chase right in speaking up or was it five years too late?