For years, Sopranos fans have been left with a very ambiguous ending to their favorite show. Many thought that what they saw on screen by the time the series finale aired and was at an end, did ultimately lead to Tony’s imminent death, but there were many hopefuls out there, hoping that he didn’t.

As it would turn out though, the man who ran that show, David Chase, broke a few hearts, suggesting that yeah…good old Tony Soprano did in fact meet his demise by the end of that show’s run. It was while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast, that he let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

“Because 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. 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. 

Yeah. But I think I had this notion — I was driving on Ocean Park Boulevard near the airport and I saw a little restaurant. It was kind of like a shack that served breakfast. And for some reason I thought, “Tony should get it in a place like that.” Why? I don’t know. That was, like, two years before.”

Interest in the character has never really died down, pardon the pun, but it has undoubtedly been reignited with the release of the prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, which chronicles the title character from the show, Tony Soprano, in his youth.

James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, actually plays the young Tony, and to a T. News like this…confirmation, really, that the Soprano character ends up like he did, surely ignites some interest in seeing just how this character started out.

Domenic Marinelli

Domenic Marinelli is an author and freelance writer/journalist. Some of his work has appeared in The Sportster, E-Wrestling News, Pro Wrestling News Hub, The Recipe, babbletop.com, Guilty Eats, Par Ex News, CFL News Hub, Daily DDT, XFL News Hub, as well as other print and internet publications. He is the author of Generic V, Summer of the Great White Wolf, His Old Tapes (stories & poetry), and so many others. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's an avid reader and loves hiking.

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