HOLLYWOOD – When we watched the cut to black on the final episode of the final season of The Sopranos, there were more than a few critics among us scratching our heads, but David Chase has EXCLUSIVELY revealed the story behind that famous and much discussed final scene.
It’s hard to believe that the HBO prodigy that brought us one of the most successful television dramas in history David Chase is only thirty three years old. His youthful verve and energy makes him seem like a kid half the age. He bounds into The Studio Exec offices and claps his hands.
So what do you want to know? Oh, the final scene of The Sopranos? Well, sure. Why not? So we got Tony and Carmela and little A.J. sitting in the restaurant and they’re waiting for Meadow and there are all these other people around who might be hit men, FBI, or just diners and we’re tense we know something is going on. And the song that is playing is the Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. As the family gather they chit chat, but Meadow has yet to arrive. We see her having difficulty parking and the tension builds, because we know this is nearing the end of the last episode so something must happen right. So when she comes in Tony looks up and the music is cued perfectly and they both sing the chorus of Don’t Stop Believing. Then Carmela joins in and A.J. too. Then – and this was brilliant – the guy in the grey jacket who goes into the bathroom, he suddenly bursts out of the bathroom and you think ‘oh my God this is the hit, this is it; it’s going down’, but no. Actually he’s holding a saxophone and he blows the sweetest kick ass sax solo you ever heard. So we filmed it, cut it and we were ready to screen it and then word came down from on high that HBO were unhappy. Tonally inconsistent, they said. It was too late to change anything, or film an alternative ending and so we just cut it before Meadow came in singing.
The Sopranos spin off Meadow and A.J.’s Rockabilly Sixties Tribute Band will be broadcast next Monday on HBO.