Did Tony Soprano die? This is a question that will resound until the end of time. For a brief moment it appeared that fans of the HBO show may have finally learned the fate of one of television history's greatest anti-heroes when Vox published a story announcing that series creator David Chase had admitted that the mob boss was indeed alive.
However, Chase was quick to correct Vox in a big way.
"Chase startled me by turning me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, 'Why are we talking about this?'," wrote Vox reporter Martha P. Nochimson of her interview with Chase.
"I'm just curious," Nochimson continued, writing that Chase then decided to tell her the coveted secret of Soprano's fate.
"So is Tony dead?" Nochimson asked again.
" 'He shook his head 'no,'" the Vox reporter explained. "And he said simply, 'No he isn't.'"
The Internet promptly exploded.
However, before fans could get too caught up with theories about the potential whereabouts of Soprano, portrayed by the late James Gandolfini, Chase struck back at the publication, claiming that Nochimson wrongly interpreted his words.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a representative for Chase stated, "A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, 'Tony Soprano is not dead,' is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, 'Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.' To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer."
Once again, social media erupted, messages of dismay, relief, and analysis clouding over the web.
Anybody who asks David Chase what happened at the end of THE SOPRANOS should be set adrift on an ice floe.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) August 27, 2014
This is more confusing than the ending of The Sopranos. — Zach Harper (@talkhoops) August 25, 2014
True Blood finished up this week. Tweets I've seen about its finale: 0. Tweets about the Sopranos one from 7 years ago: 10,000.
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) August 28, 2014
If a creator writes a deliberately ambiguous ending, how can there BE an absolute answer? This day's worth of SOPRANOS chatter is nonsense — Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr) August 28, 2014
The first rule of the Sopranos finale is never talk about the Sopranos finale.
— Tom McGeveran (@tmcgev) August 28, 2014
It's been an emotional day for "Soprano" fans who, in the end, were forced to face what they already knew. There is no answer. And there probably never will be.