The Sopranos Finale: 13th Anniversary & Tony Soprano’s Fate Confirmed
Let's see how the finale has aged 13 years later.
It’s been 13 years, but The Sopranos finale left such a strong impression on us that we still can’t stop talking about it. It aired on the 10th of June, 2007, but even 13 years haven’t diluted its effects. One reason might be how perfectly David Chase concluded each and every character arc on the show. But, the other reason, and the major one, is that final diner scene and Tony Soprano’s fate. Well, guess what? David Chase accidentally gave away Tony’s fate in an interview. Let’s take a look back at the finale on its 13th anniversary.
David Chase reveals Tony’s fate
While being interviewed for The Sopranos Sessions, which is a book that celebrates the show, David Chase unintentionally revealed whether Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) died in The Sopranos finale or not. This is how the conversation went:
Chase: Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end (finale)… 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.
Matt Zoller Seitz [co-author]: You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene.
(A long pause follows)
Chase: F*** you guys.
This conversation pretty much confirms that David Chase intended that diner scene to be Tony Soprano’s last moment. I guess that puts a lot of the conspiracies and theories about The Sopranos finale at ease. But, 13 years later, how does the ending hold? Let’s take a look.
The Sopranos Finale revisited
Other than Tony Soprano’s fate, there was a lot that happened in The Sopranos finale. Firstly, we’ll take a look at Uncle Junior’s fate. It was repeatedly mentioned in the show that the fate of a guy in the mob is either they spend the rest of their days in jail, or they get killed. But, Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) was an exception. Because of his Alzheimer’s, he was left by himself an old age home. However, the one memory that he couldn’t forget was playing catch with Tony. Looking at that scene again from the finale always brings tears in your eyes.
Other than that, Tony’s family was with him in the finale. It looked like (at least) that A.J. (Robert Iler) finally was trying to get his life back together. Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) was engaged to Patsy Parisi’s boy and things were looking good for her, even though she hadn’t decided her major. And Carmela (Edie Falco) was still with Tony, living the life of comfort she loves while ignoring her husband’s adultery.
We all know what happened to Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and Bobby Baccalieri (Steven Schirripa). But, the New Jersey crew was thinned down a lot. You have to remember that Tony lost all his major captains to jail, his own rage, or some unfortunate incident. By the end, all he had with him was Paulie Gualtieri (Tony Sirico), as Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt) was in a coma. And that is what makes Tony Soprano’s death in the finale the only sensible ending for him.
Tony’s death made sense
The thing is, killing Tony Soprano was very convenient for a lot of guys. With Tony’s death, the old guard would be gone and it would pave the way for Patsy Parisis. Plus, we all know that he had a huge motivation to have Tony capped, as Tony killed his twin brother at the start of season 2. Moreover, it was easier to do so after peace with New York and Phil Leotardo’s (Frank Vincent) death.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that it is highly likely for Tony Soprano to get killed in the finale. Moreover, David Chase’s accidental slip all but confirms this for the curious fan base of the show. looking back at it 13 years later, it is easily one of the best finales any show has ever had. It is right there with Breaking Bad’s infamous ending. Moreover, The Wire’s end (finale, not the final season) also comes close to The Sopranos Finale. All in all, that cut to black will forever be a part of American pop culture for all times to come, even on its 13th anniversary. And so will James Gandolfini’s memorable act as Tony Soprano. He is without a doubt the greatest character in television history.