It is the most talked about ending in television history, it takes place at Holsten’s Diner in the final minutes of the greatest television show of all time, The Sopranos. Tony Soprano played by the legendary James Gandolfini sits with his family before the screen abruptly cuts to black, leaving viewers in a state of panic. Wondering if their TV cut out and then coming to the realization that the show ended in such a way that left many audience members extremely dissatisfied. I was not one of those viewers, I love the way that the show ended, I always thought that the guy in the jacket came out of the bathroom and killed Tony in front of his family. Did we really want to see this guy get murdered in front of his family? Would that have been satisfying, I don’t think it would have been, we followed this guy and his family around for a decade and would it have been fulfilling to see them react in horror to watch their father and husband get murdered, I don’t think so. Nonetheless, I always knew that Tony did indeed get killed in that diner in front of his family, or so I thought.
Well, my theory has been proven true by Sopranos creator David Chase, here is what he said:
In a leaked interview for the 2019 book The Sopranos Sessions, Chase opened up about the ending during a roundtable discussion with co-author Alan Sepinwall.
“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,” Sepinwall asked, according to the New York Post and USA Today.
“Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end… But we didn’t do that,” Chase answered, revealing that Tony was in fact killed.
“You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene,” Sopranos Sessions co-author Matt Zoller Seitz quipped back.Realizing his mistake, Chase said “F— you guys.”
***Courtesy of People.com***
Look, I feel like this is good for fans of the show to finally have a definitive answer, but it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out what happened, perhaps some fans were just in denial as to how it all ended for Tony Soprano. I always thought that the ending was brilliantly done and we got to experience the anxiety that Tony felt on a daily basis, always looking over his shoulder, juggling the stress of his business with his family life. Chase was able to encapsulate all of that feeling and emotion into the final minutes of the show and us as viewers very rarely have an experience so exhilarating than what you feel watching the ending of that show for the first time.
So much emphasize was placed on the series finale, as there should have been but to watch this show from start to finish is one of the greatest treats in entertainment history. I have watched this show all the way through about 7 or 8 times at this point and I am always picking up on new things and getting a greater understanding for what David Chase was trying to create with the character of Tony Soprano and with the entire series.