The Sopranos Ending: Did Tony Die?

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Alessandro Nivola attends HBO's "The Sopranos" 20th anniversary at the SVA Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in NY.

As The Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, moves forward, series creator David Chase has started sharing some of his creative motivations for exploring this very specific time in the history of Newark, New Jersey.

Chase: Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end. According to Deadline, it sounds like David Chase is ready for the reactions when that finally happens. Even after talking to Chase, Seitz and Sepinwall are still arguing about it. Which means whether or not Tony Soprano died in that final cut-to-black moment is still up for interpretation.

Still, Chase said that there will be some feeling that these were 'the good old days, ' at least as far as the mafia's concerned.

"Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end", says Chase, who has consistently refused to elaborate on theories that the ending symbolizes Tony's point of view going dark when he's assassinated in the restaurant. 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.

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The actor also said Chase, who is writing the upcoming film, told him that Dickie and Tony's relationship "is an important one in the film".

Now Chase has confirmed a young Tony will be part of the storyline.

Casting information has yet to be released, but during a flashback scene in the original run of The Sopranos, actor Bobby Borriello played a child version of Tony.

Speaking about his motivation to return to the series after all this time, Chase told Deadline, "I was against [the movie] for a long time and I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place". We all could be whacked in a diner.

What do you folks make of this? If you're a fan of the series, I highly recommend you pick it up.

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