David Chase on Sopranos Finale: ‘No One Was Trying to Be Audacious’

The Newark Star-Ledger — a.k.a the paper Tony Soprano‘s retrieves at the bottom of his North Caldwell driveway in nearly every episode — nabbed an exclusive with Sopranos creator David Chase — arranged, mob-style, before the final season began. Chase defends the controversial ending, or non-ending, by — you guessed it — choosing to not defend it:

“I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there. 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.’ People get the impression that you’re trying to (mess) with them and it’s not true. You’re trying to entertain them.”

Chase, of course, is speaking from France, where he fled to avoid “all the Monday morning quarterbacking.” Which, of course, would seem to debunk his “no one was trying to blow people’s minds” stance. Still, Chase offers some other details before “going into radio silence”:

Chris Albretch, HBO’s recently-whacked boss suggested Chase think up a conclusion to the series; Chase agreed, on the condition that he get “a long break” to decide on an ending — which now explains the 21-month hiatus between Seasons 5 and 6.

And what about the movie?

“I’m not being coy,” Chase said. “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.”

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