David Chase has something on his chest that makes him angry. People keep asking him the same damn question and it’s infuriating. Serves Chase right, though, for having created one of the most complex and much-missed fictional characters in history, Tony Soprano. The Sopranos ended its iconic run seven years ago, but Chase has kept his secret all this time. Until now. What happened to Tony Soprano in the mysterious, frustrating ending you concocted, sir? (That’s said with respect–you can end it any way you like, of course. The Sopranos are yours, not ours, much as we felt otherwise.) Martha P. Nochimson atVox had the temerity to ask David Chase about Tony Soprano’s fate. She did. She asked him. He answered.
Chase is adamant that Nochimson in her profile of him “not write about anything he says that is an interpretation of his own work, since he believes that the art of entertaining is leaving the audience imagination to run wild.” Sopranos fans’ imaginations have run wild for seven years. Now there’s this: Tony’s alive. That’s what David Chase said. But unless Chase decides to figure out some way to make that relevant, what does it matter? Endings are overrated anyway. If there’s anything David Chase believes it’s that.