David Chase: Tony Soprano May Be Dead After All; or Not

It's a 'spiritual question,' so stop looking for a yes or no, he says

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 28, 2014 1:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Well, Sopranos fans, it may have seemed like you learned that Tony Soprano survived the finale, given that series creator David Chase told Vox as much in an interview. But things are way more complicated than that. Here is a statement from Chase's publicist in the wake of all the coverage:

  • "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."
Got it? As Newsday sums up, "Tony Soprano is neither alive nor dead—so stop asking." Vox calls the Chase statement "something of a classic non-denial denial" and maintains that its original piece got the context right.

This photo provided by HBO shows, from left, actors James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, Edie Falco as Carmela and Robert Iler as Anthony Jr. in a scene from the finale.
This photo provided by HBO shows, from left, actors James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, Edie Falco as Carmela and Robert Iler as Anthony Jr. in a scene from the finale.   (AP Photo/HBO, Will Hart)
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