In a recent interview, David Chase hasput the fate of Tony Soprano into perspective thus revealing his fate: He's dead.
The video highlight is on MSN.com entitled "Sopranos Creator Chase reveals Tony's fate"
He says in the interview that he didn't mean for so many fans to be pissed off for upwards of four straight months now. The ending wasn't meant to leave any doors unopened.
He made a reference to Jerry Toricano, who was killed by Doc Santoro's men in "Stage 5". Silvio was with him when he was shot and he had not even heard the shot until Jerry was down on the floor and his brain matter was all over Sil's jacket. Chase implied from thisthat some things are already going on before you even notice them. THIS was meant to be the reference of the final scene, not people in the restaurant who wanted Tony dead or the Sollozzo-McCluskey killings in "The Godfather: Part I"
Chase also made references to little details, such as Carmela and Tony's failing marriage, the possibility of Meadow and AJ following in their footsteps, and why he didn't want to show his death, rather cutting to black.
Chase said that he thought the way that fans were cheering Tony on for eight years and suddenly want justice by 'seeing his brains splattered on the wall' was disgusting, but the viewers had always wanted blood. So that explains the screen cutting to black.
April 8th, 1960 - June 10, 2007