Tony Soprano alive? Creator 'misquoted'
It looks like the fate of Tony Soprano will remain a mystery after all.
The creator of The Sopranos says he was misquoted during a shocking interview during which he appeared to confirm the mob boss, played by the late James Gandolfini, did not die at the end of the iconic series' last season.
The infamous final scene, which fades to black on Soprano eating with his wife and son at a diner, triggered a storm when it ran in 2007.
Some viewers initially thought their televisions had gone wrong and seven years later, fans are still asking: "Is Tony Soprano dead?".
That seemed to be answered on Wednesday when online blogging site Vox posted an interview with creator David Chase, in which he was asked whether the lead character had in fact deceased.
"He shook his head no, and he said simply, 'No, he isn't'. And that was all," the piece reads.
However, Chase's publicist issued a statement soon after claiming the words had been misrepresented.
"A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview," the statement said.
"To simply quote David as saying, Tony Soprano is not dead, is inaccurate. 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 of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer."
Twitter sprung into action as fans were once more plunged back into the dark abyss of uncertainty.
"I like that we'll never know if Tony Soprano died or not ... Better than knowing he was killed with a Badfinger song playing in the background," tweeted one.
Another advised: "Creators: Tony Soprano is alive, Hello Kitty is not a cat, gif is pronounced "jif." The lesson: Don't listen to creators."