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The ending of HBO’s hit series “The Sopranos” is something widely discussed as many things remained unclear. Did the final episodes fade to black because that suggests that Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, was gunned down? Or does it mean that Tony continues to live, but that he will never again trust anyone around him?

Responsible for this series finale, that aired in 2007, is the series director David Chase, who directed it. In an interview published in Directors Guild magazine DGA Quarterly, he talked about these final episodes, and how he used “Don’t stop Believin” by Journy to increase the tension of the last frames. However he never expected to provoke such an astonishment in the fans of the show.

“I thought the ending would be somewhat jarring, sure,” he told the magazine. “But not to the extent it was, and not a subject of such discussion. I really had no idea about that. I never considered the black a shot. I just thought what we see is black. The ceiling I was going for at that point, the biggest feeling I was going for, honestly, was don’t stop believing. It was very simple and much more on the nose than people think. That’s what I wanted people to believe. That life ends and death comes, but don’t stop believing. There are attachments we make in life, even though it’s all going to come to an end, that are worth so much, and we’re so lucky to have been able to experience them. Life is short. Either it ends here for Tony or some other time. But in spite of that, it’s really worth it. So don’t stop believing.”

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