In a new interview, the seven-time Emmy Award-winning writer reveals that he feels annoyed to learn ‘many people wanted to see’ the show’s main character killed.
AceShowbiz -“The Sopranos” fans finally got the answer about Tony’s fate. Fourteen years after fans speculated whether or not he was dead, the show’s creator David Chase confirmed that the main character did in fact die at the end of the series’ finale in 2007, which suddenly cut to black.
The 76-year-old screenwriter always envisioned killing off Tony. However, it did not go as he planned. When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he explained, “The scene I had in my mind was not that scene. Nor did I think of cutting to black.”
“I had a scene in which Tony comes back from a meeting in New York in his car,” the seven-time Emmy Award winner added. “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.”
David, however, changed his mind after taking a drive along Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica two years before the show’s finale. “I saw a little restaurant. It was kind of like a shack that served breakfast,” he said. “And for some reason I thought, ‘Tony should get it in a place like that.’ Why? I don’t know.”
David admitted that he’s surprised after learning that the ending has created “that much of an uproar.” He further elaborated, “And was it annoying? What was annoying was how many people wanted to see Tony killed. That bothered me.”
“They wanted to know that Tony was killed,” he continued. “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 s**t for seven years.’ That bothered me, yeah.”
“The Sopranos” ran for 86 episodes spread across six seasons from 1999 to 2007. It starred late actor James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Edie Falco, Tony Sirico and more.
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