Sopranos Prequel Will Have A Young Tony Soprano

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.

For one thing, Chase flat-out calls the final scene, in which Tony and his family meet in a diner, a "death scene", which catches both Seitz and Sepinwall off-guard.

In an interview with TV critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall for their book The Sopranos Sessions commemorating the 20th anniversary of the epochal HBO series' premiere, Chase refers to "the death scene".

The Sopranos creator David Chase is searching for a child actor to portray a boyhood version of the late James Gandolfini's lead character in the forthcoming prequel movie. "I was interested in exploring that".

Seitz, however, picks up on a phrase that Chase probably regrets using. Which means whether or not Tony Soprano died in that final cut-to-black moment is still up for interpretation. "I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time", he told the publication. But he began to rethink the idea in recent years when reminiscing about his own childhood experiences in the city of Newark.

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". I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark.

"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. "The mafia was very polished at that time, how they dressed and what they did", David said.

Are you excited for more The Many Saints of Newark? Those traditions were followed more loosely in the series.

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