David Chase talks about The Sopranos finale
Did he reveal what happened in final scene, where Tony Soprano eyes some shady figures while waiting for his family to arrive for dinner, after it cut to black? Of course not. But he did try to allay fan's assertions that he pulled the rug out from under them.
"We did what we thought we had to do," he told Sepinwall. "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."
A few more tidbits: right now, he's not even thinking of doing a follow-up Sopranos movie. There was a thought about one that might have explored a day in the recent past, before the finale, but that was scrapped. He also notes that he asked for a long break between the fifth and sixth seasons so he could figure out how to write the finale.
Finally, he talks about the last-minute decision to use Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" in the final scene."I did something I'd never done before: in the location van, with the crew, I was saying, 'What do you think?' When I said, 'Don't Stop Believin',' people went, 'What? Oh my god!' I said, 'I know, I know, just give a listen,' and little by little, people started coming around."
Interesting. It's obvious Chase doesn't watch much TV, since that song has probably been one of the most commonly-used pop songs on series soundtracks over the last quarter-century or so. Anyway, the article is an interesting read, including the viewer comments that are right below it.