The Sopranos creator David Chase reveals his original DEATH scene plans for Tony Soprano


14 years after the controversial series finale of The Sopranos, series creator David Chase is finally opening up about his original plans for the death of James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano.

The series finale, which aired in June 2007, ended with a controversial scene where Tony met his family for dinner at Holsten’s, with Tony continually looking up at the door when anyone enters, before the show cuts to black.

While the ending has still remained a controversial topic to this day, Chase, 76, revealed in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter that the cut to black was not his original plan.

Tony's death: 14 years after the controversial series finale of The Sopranos, series creator David Chase is finally opening up about his original plans for the death of James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano

Tony’s death: 14 years after the controversial series finale of The Sopranos, series creator David Chase is finally opening up about his original plans for the death of James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano

Plan: While the ending has still remained a controversial topic to this day, Chase, 76, revealed in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter that the cut to black was not his original plan

Plan: While the ending has still remained a controversial topic to this day, Chase, 76, revealed in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter that the cut to black was not his original plan

‘Because the [death] scene I had in my mind was not that scene. Nor did I think of cutting to black,” Chase said.

‘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,’ Chase added.  

Still, Chase wouldn’t definitively state if Tony Soprano is dead or not, but he also revealed when he had the idea for the finale to be in a diner came a few years earlier, during a random encounter.

Not that scene: 'Because the [death] scene I had in my mind was not that scene. Nor did I think of cutting to black,” Chase said

Not that scene: ‘Because the [death] scene I had in my mind was not that scene. Nor did I think of cutting to black,” Chase said

‘I was driving on Ocean Park Boulevard near the airport and 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. That was, like, two years before,’ Chase said.

When asked about reactions to the finale, Chase added, ‘Yeah, nobody said anything about the episode. No, it was all about the ending.’

‘I had no idea it would cause that much — I mean, I forget what was going on in Iraq or someplace; London had been bombed! Nobody was talking about that; they were talking about The Sopranos,’ Chase added. 

Tony: 'I was driving on Ocean Park Boulevard near the airport and 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. That was, like, two years before,' Chase said

Tony: ‘I was driving on Ocean Park Boulevard near the airport and 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. That was, like, two years before,’ Chase said

‘It was kind of incredible to me. But I had no idea it would be that much of an uproar. And was it annoying? What was annoying was how many people wanted to see Tony killed. That bothered me,’ he said.

He added, ‘They wanted to know that Tony was killed. They wanted to see him go face-down in linguini, you know?’

‘And I just thought, “God, you watched this guy for seven years and I know he’s a criminal. But don’t tell me you don’t love him in some way, don’t tell me you’re not on his side in some way. And now you want to see him killed? You want justice done? You’re a criminal after watching this shit for seven years.” That bothered me, yeah,’ Chase admitted.

Uproar: 'It was kind of incredible to me. But I had no idea it would be that much of an uproar. And was it annoying? What was annoying was how many people wanted to see Tony killed. That bothered me,' he said

Uproar: ‘It was kind of incredible to me. But I had no idea it would be that much of an uproar. And was it annoying? What was annoying was how many people wanted to see Tony killed. That bothered me,’ he said

He also spoke about the now-infamous ending in the new book Woke Up This Morning by The Sopranos stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa.

‘No. I really shouldn’t talk about it at all because when I say anything, people interpret it in some way, and then it starts up again,’ he said.

‘For a long time, I was really upset because that’s all they talked about, they didn’t talk about the rest of the episode,’ Chase said.

New book: He also spoke about the now-infamous ending in the new book Woke Up This Morning by The Sopranos stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa

New book: He also spoke about the now-infamous ending in the new book Woke Up This Morning by The Sopranos stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa

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