If you ask a fan of The Sopranos about the long-running series closing scene, then you might get different opinions A lot of them, though, are still ticked that everything ended so abruptly. David Chase has heard it all over the years, too.
Chase, who created and wrote for The Sopranos on HBO, has offered up his thoughts around the fans’ outrage. He did have a method to his madness, though, around everything.
“I was pretty amazed at how much they loved Tony but wanted to see his face in a bowl of linguine,” Chase told TV Insider. “It’s almost like, ‘You love my son and now you want him killed!’”
David Chase Has Reason For ‘The Sopranos’ Closing Scene
And what about going to black there, David? Did you not want to show Tony getting killed? “No. I wanted to imply that he could die in that diner, not that he did die,” he said.
What a cast The Sopranos put together for its run. Goodness. James Gandolfini came off looking like he really was Tony in real life. His work in the lead role kept viewers on the edge of their seats. Edie Falco proved she could hold her own by playing Carmela.
Chase was quite complimentary toward both Gandolfini and Falco about how both of them worked together. “They were phenomenal together, right from the beginning when Tony tells Carmela, ‘I’ve been seeing a therapist,’” Chase said. “And she thinks he’s confessing to having another mistress!”
Toss in people like Tony Sirico and Michael Imperioli, among other cast members, and it all worked out swimmingly.
Chase offered up his thoughts regarding the fans’ love for Tony. They seemed to just be drawn to him even with his misdeeds and what some people would call sins. “I don’t think we could have gone as deep into an exploration of human life if they weren’t going to follow him not just in the mob killings but in the existential and quasi-religious feelings that he had—even the ghosts and the dreams,” Chase said. “You wouldn’t have gone there with him unless you care about him.”
Writers Provided Stellar Scenes For Cast
During the show’s original run, HBO became appointment TV for the show’s fans. It drew people in thanks to the excellent storytelling from Chase and his fellow writers. Of course, there was an element of violence due to Tony’s work.
The Sopranos continues to attract new viewers even to this very day. For the old-timers, watching Paulie Walnuts crack up people with a joke or line still tickles the fans. It’s tough to know that the show, should there be a reunion of some type, will not have Gandolfini around.
While on vacation with his son in Rome, Italy, Gandolfini suffered a heart attack and died in 2013. He was 51 years old and had more work in line to do.
Chase has moved on to other projects in his illustrious career. Still, The Sopranos holds a very special place in his heart.
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