Sopranos creator David Chase would like it if people stopped asking him whether or not Tony Soprano dies at the end of the series.
Chase, who created the show, gets asked constantly what the ending means, and on Wednesday website Vox.com published an interview with Chase in which he said that Soprano wasn't killed in that final scene.
"No he isn't [dead]," Chase said when he was asked, point blank.
But despite appearing to say Soprano lives on, Chase's publicist has scuttled the report.
"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," Chase's publicist said in a statement to Vox. "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."
During the show's final scene, Tony sits in a jukebox diner with his family and the "bad guys" appear to be closing in on him and a suspicious looking customer gets up to head to the men's room. The scene abruptly ends when his daughter Meadow comes through the front door.
Millions assume that when the scene cuts to black it symbolizes the moment Soprano is killed, some even speculated at the time that since there was no sound of a gunshot, the ending just left viewers hanging, left to interpret what happened on their own (which is what Chase intended). Others claim that the victim of an instantly fatal gunshot would not hear the shot fired as the bullet would travel faster than the sound of the gunshot, thus the victim would not hear it, and thus someone shot him at the moment his daughter walked into the diner.
"As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, 'Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point,'" his publicist adds. "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."
So there you have it -- Tony Soprano is dead.