Was 'The Sopranos' Ending Based on 'The Last Supper'?

Seven years after HBO's The Sopranos ended with that black screen - apparently fooling some viewers into thinking their TV's were on the blink - David Chase has inadvertently dug up the whole thing. It's weird how this story has developed over the past couple of days but it goes something like this...

The SopranosDid Tony die at the end of The Sopranos? [Getty]

In a Vox article earlier this week, a journalist quoted David Chase as saying Tony Soprano did not die at the end of the show - as has been assumed by many fans. Though Chase initially reacted angrily to the question, he apparently gave a straight-up answer anyhow. However, after the story went viral, Chase's representatives later released a statement saying he was misconstrued and that he did not give a definite answer.

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"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," read the statement, "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."

The SopranosWas The Sopranos ending based on the last supper? [Getty]

The ending of The Sopranos has been one of the most mythical and talked about conclusions in TV history and we don't really the time to assess it from angles. Well, we do, but it's been done countless times. However, one of the more interesting theories at the time was that David Chase was attempting to recreate The Last Supper, having Tony and his family in the diner.

Chase spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the theory back in 2007.

"The interesting thing is that, if you're creative, there may be things at work that you're not even aware of: things you learned in school, patterns you've internalized," he said, "I had no intention of using The Last Supper, but who knows if, subconsciously, it just came out. If people want to sit there figuring this stuff out, I think that's just great. Most of them, most of us, should have done this kind of thing in high school English class and didn't."

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Lee Adams

An interesting concept! That probably has some truth in it

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