Since then, fans have debated the ending and what it revealed, or didn’t reveal, about what happened to Soprano.
“I had no idea it would cause that much … of an uproar,” Chase told The Hollywood Reporter in a new podcast.
Chase is now revealing his thoughts on the restaurant scene, but he’s also admitting he didn’t initially plan to end the six-season series that way.
“I had a scene in which Tony comes back from a meeting in New York in his car,” Chase explained. “At the beginning of every show, he came from New York into New Jersey, and the last scene could be him coming from New Jersey back into New York for a meeting at which he was going to be killed.”
Chase stated that he passed a Bloomfield restaurant two years ago, just before filming began. That inspired him.
“It was kind of like a shack that served breakfast. And for some reason I thought, ‘Tony should get it in a place like that.’ Why? I don’t know,” he said.
The series didn’t show the character being killed, and Chase was surprised by how some people reacted.
“It was kind of incredible to me. But I had no idea it would be that much of an uproar,” Chase said. “And was it annoying? The thing that bothered me was how many wanted Tony’s death. It bothered my soul.
The show’s fans “wAnted to KnowTony died. You know, they wanted him to be face down in linguini. And I just thought, ’God, you watched this guy for seven years, and I know he’s a criminal. But don’t tell me you don’t love him in some way, don’t tell me you’re not on his side in some way. You want him executed? You want justice done? You’re a criminal after watching this shit for seven years.′ That bothered me, yeah.”
Below, Chase talks about the series.