Sopranos creator gives shot-by-shot breakdown of controversial ending

Wednesday April 15th, 2015

Nearly eight years after the The Sopranos controversial cut-to-black ending, series creator David Chase is giving an in-depth look at the show's final scene.

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Chase spoke with the Directors Guild of America about the finale, how he turned a family meeting for dinner into one of the most tension-filled scenes in television history, and the importance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'".

I think it's a really good rock 'n' roll song. The music is very important to me in terms of the timing of the scene, the rhythm of the scene. The song dictates part of the pace. And having certain lyrics of the song, and certain instrumental flourishes happen in certain places, dictates what the cuts will be. I directed the scene to fit the song. The singing gets more and more strident and more invested as the song goes along. Musically it starts to build and build into something as it's just about to release. And when you look at the scene, you get that feeling.

As for what happens to Tony immediately after the screen goes black, Chase is remaining mum.

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 Whether this is the end here, or not, it's going to come at some point for the rest of us. Hopefully we're not going to get shot by some rival gang mob or anything like that. I'm not saying that [happened]. But obviously he stood more of a chance of getting shot by a rival gang mob than you or I do because he put himself in that situation. All I know is the end is coming for all of us.



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