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David Chase: Just Kidding, Tony Soprano Is Not Not Dead

Date August 28, 2014

James Gandolfini

The "did Tony Soprano die?" mystery is back to being unsolved.

A day after Vox quoted Sopranos creator David Chase clarifying that Tony Soprano (James Gandolfinidid not die in the show's series finale, Chase is now saying his words were "misconstrued."

"A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview," Chase's rep said in a statement, according to Variety. "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."

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The show's abrupt cut to black at the end of the series finale, which aired in 2007, led many viewers to speculate that it was representative of Tony's death. Vox's Martha P. Nochimson reports that Chase became irritated with her when she asked about Tony's fate, but when he was asked if Tony was dead, the creator eventually responded, while shaking his head: "No. No, he isn't."

Chase, through his rep, reiterated that people shouldn't be pondering the question in the first place.

"As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, 'Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point,'" the rep said. "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."


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