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David Chase Talks About the Sopranos Ending

Here's How the Sopranos Might Have Ended

The massive complete series collection of The Sopranos is now in stores, and along with it comes tons of special features that go in-depth about the show and its legacy — including that baffling ending.

In one of the special features, creator David Chase and the cast talk about one of the alternate endings: Tony raking leaves in his yard. The scene's actually in the episode, and when the script was distributed to the crew, it was the final scene — just in case something got leaked or left behind on a train where some eager fan or reporter might snap it up. In talking about it, Chase also shares a bit of his thinking behind the real final scene, including that he'd had the idea in mind for three years!

After the jump, you can check out the video, and I'm curious to know — would you have preferred this fake ending? Or do you think the real one worked better? Would you have been satisfied either way? To watch the clip, just


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Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
tisgirl, I agree completely. I definitely yelled very loudly when the screen went dark. I'm not sure which ending I would have preferred, though; there is something poetic about having the series end with Tony raking leaves but now that I've had much time to think about it, the existing ending does fit the series just as well. The lack of closure, the sense of ambiguity really does work. I really do miss Tony and the gang!
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
i still don't know how i feel about the ending either. i really need to rewatch season 6 - it's more dialogue rather than action, but man, i do miss sunday nights w/this show. and i am dying to get that box set.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
it's funny - i didn't watch the show until the last season because my fiance got me into it. (which is a shame since they filmed all over the area that i grew up so i was VERY familiar with it all). anyway, i think that the ending was baffling but it left the door open if they ever wanted to make a movie or something - so that was smart...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I still can't really decide how I feel about the ending to the series. I watched it the whole way through, and there wasn't any real closure, but at the same time I think something that wrapped it up neatly might have been really disappointing. The ending sort of fit the series in a way, even though when the screen went dark I definitely yelled at my TV.
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