Sopranos creator David Chase finally & officially confirms Tony fate in finale
The Sopranos ended more than 14 years ago, yet its ending is still a subject of conversations that occur around the show. For all these years, fans have harangued the show’s creator David Chase constantly about the ultimate fate of their beloved anti-hero, Tony Soprano. Previously, Chase has mostly refused to explore that ending and reveal anything further about it. But now, the show’s creator has given his fans a definitive answer as to the fate of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos finale.
David Chase wanted to kill Tony Soprano in the finale, but in a different way
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s creator and seven-time Emmy Award-winning writer admitted that he always wanted to kill Tony Soprano. But, he wanted to do it in quite a different manner, as he told the news outlet:
The scene I had in my mind was not that scene. Nor did I think of cutting to black. I had a scene in which Tony comes back from a meeting in New York in his car. At the beginning of every show, he came from New York into New Jersey, and the last scene could be him coming from New Jersey back into New York for a meeting at which he was going to be killed.
It would have been quite a befitting ending for James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano, who had made an enemy out of many of his former associates and had killed off a lot of his close aides. But, then David Chase got a different idea on how to bring The Sopranos to an end. And that decided the ultimate fate of Tony, as he continued:
I saw a little restaurant. It was kind of like a shack that served breakfast. And for some reason I thought, ‘Tony should get it in a place like that.’ Why? I don’t know.
Chase never expected the finale to cause such an uproar
Chase ended up choosing a Holsten’s restaurant, inspired by the one on Ocean Park Boulevard. The final episode, named Made in America, saw Tony sitting with his family inside the restaurant, waiting for his daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) to show up. Then, we see an unknown man famously in a “Members Only” jacket who then enters the bathroom right next to Tony’s table. As soon as Meadow enters, Tony looks up and we see the screen abruptly cut to black. It was so bizarre and abrupt that most viewers thought their cable had just disconnected until they saw the credits rolling on the screen. What Chase had not anticipated was just how insane the reaction of the fans would be, as he said:
I had no idea it would cause that much…of an uproar. What was annoying was how many people wanted to see Tony killed. They wanted to see him go face-down in linguini, you know? That bothered me.
Chase has previously addressed The Sopranos ending as well, where he revealed this alternate ending he had thought. But, in telling that, he referred to it as a death scene, which the interviewer caught.