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NashvilleNinja

So, did Tony die at the end or what?

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Lol

 

https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a25843972/the-sopranos-creator-david-chase-confirms-tony-soprano-death/

 

Yep... he died. The clues are all over the episode even before the final scene.

 

Chase didn't need to show Tony's death scene. He'd already shown it many times, either in the attempts on Tony's life by his uncle or in the deaths of many other characters. We didn't need to know how Carm, Meadow, and AJ would react in that moment. We saw it in Phil Leotardo's wife when he got popped at the gas station earlier in the episode.

 

Tony didn't hear it coming.

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Omar   

No, he did not die. Life just went on. He made peace with NY, he was not just killed in front of his family by some random person. 

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17 hours ago, Omar said:

No, he did not die. Life just went on. He made peace with NY, he was not just killed in front of his family by some random person. 

Who said it has to be random? Tony had many enemies. Patsy Parisi, for one, never really forgave Tony for having his brother whacked. NY could have played Tony the same way they played Phil Leotardo to get both of them out of the way. It could also be a proactive measure to protect "family" business due to the fact Tony was soon to be indicted. Just cut off the head of the snake and leave the FBI at a loss. Also, just because the guy in the Members Only jacket isn't someone you've seen in the show doesn't mean it's random.

 

The point of that scene was to illustrate Tony's death. Whether it was in that diner or some other day, he was marked for death. We all are, but when you live the life he lived you're begging for it. The cut to black leaves interpretation up to the viewers, but you'd have to be blind not to see the clues. And the way the final scene was filmed? It's plain as day in retrospect. Chase has even been quoted as saying he had Tony's death planned two years before that final season but it ultimately didn't play out that way. He said you wouldn't necessarily seen his death, but you'd know he wasn't coming back from a meeting in NY alive.

 

Chase can't and probably won't ever come out and say "yeah, Tony died there" because it would take away from all the controversy and discussion. If he'd had some big, bloody final scene there would be no ambiguity and people would have moved on from this show a long time ago. Instead, people still debate this shit heavily and the show still has an aura of mystery about it because of it. It was a stroke of genius on Chase's part, even if he tries to downplay his motives in the media.  But like he says, the clues are all there in the episode.

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