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Sopranos Creator David Chase Executed Gangland Style over Final Episode

by dood abides Mon Jun 11th, 2007 at 09:42:26 PM EST

Paparazzi photo showing the hand of an unknown assailant seconds before the gangland style execution of soprano's creator David Chase

New York, NY (APE) - Fans outside of a New York City nightclub, Leotardos, were stunned earlier tonight as David Chase, the veteran Hollywood screenwriter and creator of the hit HBO series The Sopranos, was apparently executed in Mafia hit fashion by an unknown assailant. Witnesses said the assailant appeared out of nowhere and apparently fired three shots into the unsuspecting Chase before vanishing into the night. Chase had been attending a closing cast party with friends and family when the apparent execution occurred.

Witnesses variously described the assailant as large, muscular, slightly overweight, middle-aged, and Italian in appearance. Police were working on a composite drawing based on witness descriptions.

A police spokesperson stated that witnesses claimed the assailant pointed the gun at Chase and shouted, "Don't stop believing... believe this m..... f.....". He then shot the screenwriter three time in the neck, head, and chest and threw a seven DVD collection of the Sopranos onto Chase's collapsed body, shouting "Bada-Bing!" as he hopped into a waiting car and sped off.

Photo from the David Chase crime scene outside the New York City night club, Leotardos

The police spokesperson stated that they did not have any suspects in the killing, and were continuing to question witnesses and examine further pictures taken by paparazzi present. "At this time we're working on the possibility that this may have been some type of revenge killing, but the list of suspects is daunting and may be in the millions. We'll do everything that we can, but this murder may just sort of fade to black without any more information."


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by dood abides on Mon Jun 11th, 2007 at 09:42:58 PM EST
It was definitely revenge... after all, HE killed US.  It was the viewers for whom, suddenly and unexpectedly, everything just went black with no time to think about it.  We were hit.  There can be no more Sopranos for us, not because Tony is dead, but because WE are.  

I'm a fan of Chase's.  He was our TV Scriptwriter honoree several years back (five?) at the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters' Conference, and his panels and lunch talk were smart, funny, sensitive and non-pandering, considering that attendees are mostly unproduced (some are even UNWRITTEN) screenwriters.  

I read recently that Chase is the sort of person who has a chateau in the deep forest of France rather than a place on some beach somewhere like others of his wealthy showbiz friends, and that seemed right to me, too.

How COULD they have ended this?  I can't imagine an ending that would have made everyone happy, no way.  I love it that we have to make up our own, or simply acknowledge that the show goes on, but we don't get to SEE it on tv any longer.

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jun 12th, 2007 at 11:28:57 AM EST
I wasn't a fan of the ending at all. If you're going to have an anticlimactic ending, then do it. Don't cut it and fade to black. It's a cop out. Have the strength of your convictions.

Bu, I've blasted Todd Field for this same device. In the Bedroom had a lot of cut to black scenes and it was always at the most crucial moments. Leaving it for the audience's imagination? No. It's your responsibility to tell the story. The audience is always going to apeculate regardless, as we always do anyway. I find it more fulfilling to speculate about what's presented to me rather than speculating about the void.

It was a good series, I even liked the last episode, but the last scene, blechh.

by Upstate NY on Wed Jun 13th, 2007 at 09:29:23 AM EST
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