The late James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the hit HBO Show.  (Photo: Getty)

The late James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the hit HBO Show. (Photo: Getty)

Tony Soprano’s survival has been greatly exaggerated after all. Nor is he dead, the HBO show’s creator David Chase clarified today (Aug. 27).

Chase said in a statement that the Jersey mob boss’s fate is a “spiritual question” with no real answer.

The statement was released to TheImproper and other publications, by Chase’s rep Leslee Dart.

The retort was in response to a report, citing Chase himself, that Tony had survived his restaurant sit-down with his family in the show’s final episode seven years ago.

But alas, Chase’s comments were “taken out of context,” the statement said.

“A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying,’Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate,” Dart wrote.

“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.”

Say what?

As you may recall, Tony was seated at the table with his wife and son. A shady man at the lunch counter appeared to be shadowing him. Tony was keeping an eye on him as well, which boosted the scene’s dramatic tension.

The man went to the restroom and Tony turned his attention back to his family. When the man returned, Tony had his back to him. Then, the screen cut to black.

The finale caused an uproar because it left Tony’s fate unanswered when he was in the middle of a gang war that caused the deaths of several of his colleagues.

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