"The Sopranos" creator David Chase wasn't trying to mess with viewers when he put together Sunday's controversial ending to the series. That's what he told New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Alan Sepinwall in an exclusive interview, the only one Chase intends to do for a while. Here's what he said about the final moments of the episode (which, incidentally, was the highest-rated installment of the series since 2004):
"No one was trying to be audacious, honest to God. We did what we thought we had to do. No one was trying to blow people's minds, or thinking, 'Wow, this'll (tick) them off.'"
As for explanations, well, you won't be getting them from Chase, who told Sepinwall he had "no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there" and said "it's all there" for viewers of the show to figure it out.
Chase also said that while he's not ruling out a "Sopranos" movie, he's not feeling any urge to make one:
"If something appeared that really made a good 'Sopranos' movie and you could invest in it and everybody else wanted to do it, I would do it. But I think we've kind of said it and done it."
Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert has his own ideas of how the series should have ended. To watch him tell Jon Stewart about his concept for the finale,
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