The ambiguous ending of “The Sopranos” sparked debate about the fate of mobster Tony Soprano, an outcome that was supposedly cleared up this week by an article on Vox.com. The article quoted show creator David Chase as saying that the character was still alive, as we reported Wednesday.
But The New York Times reports that Chase is disputing the article, with his publicist issuing a statement that says the Vox.com writer “misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview.”
Vox reporter Martha P. Nochimson asked Chase whether Tony, who was played by the late James Gandolfini, is dead. Chase reportedly responded, “No, he isn’t.”
Chase’s publicist said in the statement, “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.”
The HBO series ended with Tony Soprano sitting in a restaurant with his wife and son, waiting for their daughter to arrive, when a man enters the establishment. Tony glances up, and the screen cuts to black.
Chase had previously said that answering the question of whether “Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point,” the statement says.
The statement adds: “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.”