Since 2007, fans of the HBO series "The Sopranos" have been reeling over the fate of Tony Soprano.
In one of the most divisive series finales in television history, Tony (James Gandolfini) is eating at a restaurant with his family, when an unkown character barges into the diner. A bell on the door rings, Tony looks up, and the scene immediately cuts to black. For 13 years fans have been wondering, does that mean Tony died?
During a recent roundtable promoting his new book, "The Sopranos Sessions," show creator David Chase appeared to let it slip that Tony may have actually died inside the diner, reported Consequence of Sound.
Co-author of the book Alan Sepinwall asked Chase, "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.'"
Chase answered, "Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end."
"I remember talking with Mitch Burgess about it, but it wasn't – it was slightly different. 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, and it was going to go black there and you never saw him again as he was heading back, the theory being that something bad happens to him at the meeting. But we didn’t do that," Chase said.
Another co-author, Matt Zoller Seitz, acknowledged the slip up to Chase saying, "You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene."
Chase responded to boith of them, "[expletive] you, guys."
Attempting to walk back the comment, Chase later said he had changed his mind and "didn't want to do a straight death scene," reported USA Today.
He also addressed not giving fans a definitive answer on Tony's fate.
"I don't know if that's my job," Chase said. "They've interpreted the scene that way. That should be a good thing, that there's different interpretations."
"The Sopranos Sessions" is available for purchase at bookstores everywhere, and Chase's long-awaited "Sopranos" prequel, "The Many Saints of Newark," will hit theaters on March 12th, 2021.