It looks like we're going to go on arguing over whether or not Tony Soprano died in the final episode of The Sopranos forever, and that's probably the way series creator David Chase always wanted it to be.
Earlier today, we reported that Chase had finally answered the question about the Sopranos famous cut-to-black ending in a Vox profile by simply saying, "No. No he isn't."
Now, in a statement released through his publicist, Chase is disputing the quote in that Vox story as "misconstrued" and out of context:
"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.”
No matter what Tony's fate was, the fact that we're still talking about this seven years after the finale is a testament to the show's genius, and the golden era of TV drama that it ushered in.