'Sopranos' Creator Speaks Up on Finale

chaseIn an exclusive interview with Alan Sepinwall of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, conducted just after the nation had taken a final collective gasp and befuddled double-take on the conclusion of The Sopranos, creator David Chase gives his one and only (for now) take on the series finale. Chase had already fled to France by the time the show aired Sunday night, intent on avoiding “all the Monday morning quarterbacking.”

While he had plenty to say about the show, the prospects of a film, the fans, and their across-the-board takes on the ending, Chase offered no interpretation of his own, leaving it at this: “I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there…No one was trying to be audacious, honest to God,” he adds. “We did what we thought we had to do. No one was trying to blow people’s minds or thinking, ‘Wow, this’ll (tick) them off. People get the impression that you’re trying to (mess) with them, and it’s not true. You’re trying to entertain them.”

Other topics top-of-mind:

— Chase on the prospects of continuing the story on the big screen: “If something appeared that really made a good ‘Sopranos’ movie and you could invest in it and everybody else wanted to do it, I would do it. But I think we’ve kind of said it and done it.”

– Due to the cut-in-half season and an order for an additional episode, added midway through production, it’s fair to say that some of the peripheral story lines (Johnny Cakes) were bolstered. Chase: “If this had been one season, the Vito storyline would not have been so important.”

— On how the bloodletting in last week’s ‘The Blue Comet’ may have led to some unrealized expectations amongst fans for the finale – Chase: “I’m the number one fan of gangster movies…Martin Scorsese has no greater devotee than me. Like everyone else, I get off partly on the betrayals, the retributions, the swift justice. But what you come to realize when you do a series is, you could be killing straw men all day long. Those murders only have any meaning when you’ve invested story in them. Otherwise, you might as well watch ‘Cleaver.’

Read the full interview.

Related: “Some will win, some will lose, some were born to sing the blues. Oh, the movie never ends. It goes on and on and on and on … ” – Journey members were “jumping up and down” when they learned that “Don’t Stop Believin'” had been licensed by Chase for the final episode. Also, what’s next for: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Meadow, Paulie Walnuts, Silvio, and Dr. Melfi?

Posted by Ted Zee on June 12th 2007 | Home Page | 4 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

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  1. Brian Mornoe Says:

    The perspective of the series has largely been 3rd person. That is we watch the characters and plot from an outsiders point of view. For the most part this is the perspective. However, every once in while it becomes a sort of 1st and 2nd person perspective. Every once in while we are thrust into the perspective (usually just visually) of Tony. There are many instances which I will bring up later, but this has been the basic pattern of perspectives for the series. Let us say that those 11 seconds of nothing was really being suddenly thrust into that Tony perspective. What would this nothing mean? Well, it would mean he is dead. Suddenly, without warning, Tony is dead. Well, how would he have a died? I don’t know about you, but did you notice that guy who barely touched his food at the counter go to the bathroom? We know how they do it. Inconspicuous. Methodical. Without warning. Headshot. Dead. So, Tony is killed in front of his entire family. Some may say how do I know if this is what the nothingness is? Okay, let’s say you’re right and Tony is killed, why wouldn’t they just show it. My reply is that I guess I’m not as heartless as you. I really don’t want to see Tony get offed. It seems a little perverse. And for you fans who would want to see it just to know, you really aren’t fans. A real fan would relish the opportunity to experience that last moment rather than merely witnessing it. A real fan (unlike Dr. Melfi) believes there’s something good in Tony worth experiencing. And for those fans who refuse to step into Tony’s world, David Chase gave you the ending you deserved: nothing. As for the true believers who have made it a habit to empathize and understand, we have the special treat of truly experiencing who the man is, his essence, and his purpose. And if you need any further encouragement to accept this interpretation, remember what Bobby said to Tony on the boat: When you die, all you see is blankness. Coincidence–probably not. For those who are now ready to step inside the world of Tony, remember that at the heart of understanding The Sopranos lies the viewers’ willingness to infer. (check out more on my blog jakjonsun.wordpress.com)

  2. sunny Says:

    Who needs David Chase to explain his chose of endings? He wrote it, aired it, that’s that. Draw your own conclusion. Chase is known for never tying up loose ends, did you expect him to start now? Anyone who suspected a cut, dry ending obviously never heard of Mr Chase. Get over it, Sopranos is only a TV series, folks,it’s not real!

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