Final Analysis: What really happened to Tony Soprano?

Television\'s most famous debate is back with new fuel on the fire. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – It’s been seven years since a “cut to black” triggered a collective panic attack, sending couch potatoes to Dr. Melfi’s therapist couch to cope with the final seconds of HBO’s “The Sopranos” (1999-2007).

While “Dallas” revealed who shot J.R. and “The Simpsons” explained who shot Mr. Burns, “The Sopranos” offered no such closure. As a result, the debate over Tony Soprano’s fate lives on even after the death of James Gandolfini.

Over the past week, television’s most famous debate returned with new fuel on the fire. In a recent interview with the website Vox, “Sopranos” creator David Chase was asked point-blank whether his gangster protagonist is truly dead. “No, he isn’t,” he reportedly replied.

Chase’s reps immediately claimed his words were taken out of context: “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

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