Did Tony Soprano die at the end of 'Sopranos'?

LOS ANGELES, USA - Did famed mob boss Tony Soprano die at the end of the iconic TV show's last season? Its creator seemed to reveal something about it on Wednesday, August 28, but has since clarified the statement...leading to more questions about the show that ended in 2007. 

The infamous final scene, which fades to black on Soprano eating with his wife and son in a New Jersey diner, triggered a storm when it ran in 2007.

Some initially thought their televisions had gone wrong. Critics said it wasn't fair to leave viewers in the lurch after 6 seasons, after preceding scenes showed mysterious characters milling around, and Soprano's daughter rushing to join him in the diner.

What really happened – well, in unwritten fictional terms at least –remained a mystery.

Until now. Here's what happened:

Series creator David Chase finally revealed all – or a key fact anyway – in an interview with online blogging site Vox.com.

Asked repeatedly what happened to Soprano, chase at first became furious, asking his interviewer: "Why are we talking about this?"

But he then finally gave a straight answer to the question of whether Tony Soprano was dead.

"No," he said simply, according to Vox. "No, he isn't."

The revelation leaves open the possibility that the series could be revived on screen. This seems highly unlikely, not least because James Gandolfini, the actor who played Soprano, died in June last year, aged 51. 

But according to a report from Entertainment Weekly, Chase through a representative, issued a statement about  the interview.

“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.” – Rappler.com