I think Chase has clearly shown a few different times in different places that his intention was to potray Tonys' death IMO. Why would any artist care how anyone interprets their art? Art is multi-dimensional and The Sopranos is clearly a work of art. He painted a painting, we all look at it, some of us see two dimensions and some of us see more. Death is a subject visited repeatedly throughout the show and is one of its strongest themes IMO. And death is multi-dimensional IMO. We all interpet it differently, yet one thing is for sure. After we die there is a blackness, at first, and this has been reported by many people who have had NDE. Ive read about people who shot themselves in the head and survived saying things about total blackness at first even. What else is blackness? A void....... Death.....Emptiness........Nothingness...... Was MOG really going to the bathroom to take a piss? Really? If he had to piss he could have gone right away like most people. But no, he waits. Why? But Ive strayed here forgive me. I just think this interview, even with the comments turanga points out, still speak heavily to the artist intent on potraying death in the final scene. He just had to figure out how to get him to the diner, which apparently took years to do. So I ask, Would anyone takes years to get a charecter to a point at the end of a the most powerful television show only to make the point of showing us nothing? The planning was IMO how could I get people to figure out what a CUT to black means? By giving them clues throughout the last three seasons to prepare them slowly and introduce slowly the meaning of the diner scene. The diner scene is only a couple of minutes long, but it was years in the coming and making. Thanks for letting me share my crazy insights again my friends!
You know, Vito called me “skip” the other day. Slip of the tongue, no doubt. But I noticed he didn’t correct himself.