In honor of the 20th anniversary of the premiere of The Sopranos, coming up Thursday, series creator David Chase sits down with the New York Times for a Q&A—and reveals he's "just bored with" the question of whether Tony Soprano died in the show's final scene. "I also feel like, Jesus, there were 86 episodes and you’re fixated on that? Can’t we talk about something else?" In response to interviewer Jeremy Egner's observation that there's "some hope" in the finale's last scene, which ended with an ambiguous cut to black, Chase notes, "You’re the first person who’s said that."
"There is some hope in it," Chase continues. "'Don’t Stop Believin' is the name of the song [playing in the diner during the scene], for Christ’s sake. I mean, what else can you say?" Well, you can say one more thing: Asked directly whether there is an answer to the question of whether Tony is dead, Chase simply responds, "I don't think so. I don't think so." (Read the full interview here.)