In The Sopranos Sessions - a new collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode of the show - TV critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz share an interview with Chase in which he appeared to give more weight to the popular theory that the screen cutting to black was meant to signify Tony's death. But before we get to the pull-quote that's got everyone arching their eyebrows, I'd like to go on record with the following opinion: the ending of The Sopranos can not be "solved", should not be "solved", and was pretty much designed from the ground up to be open to interpretation.
Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end.
Ever since The Sopranos' enigmatic final scene aired in 2007, fans have been debating what happened after that abrupt cut to black. Think you'll pick up Zoller-Seitz and Sepinwall's book?
Another coincidence connects his own family to the show: An episode in the second season shows Soprano visiting Naples, Italy, and in one of the scenes, just over Gandolfini's shoulder, is seen a sculpture - made by Nivola's grandfather, the artist Constantino Nivola.
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. Chase says he thought up this scene about two years before writing the actual finale, and it involved Tony driving to a meeting in NY with fellow mobster John Sack.
"I don't know what we're supposed to take from it", Imperioli said. "Otherwise I would've filmed him going to the meeting with Johnny".
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".
Watch the final scene of The Sopranos below. "That's the point of the scene".
What do you folks make of this? The Sopranos Sessions is now in stores.