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‘Sopranos’ creator finally reveals whether Tony Soprano survived the series finale

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Famed mob boss Tony Soprano did not die at the end of the iconic TV show’s last season, its creator revealed Wednesday.

The infamous final scene, which fades to black on Soprano eating with his wife and son in a New Jersey diner, triggered a storm when it ran in 2007.

Some initially thought their televisions had gone wrong. Critics said it wasn’t fair to leave viewers in the lurch after six seasons, after preceding scenes showed mysterious characters milling around, and Soprano’s daughter rushing to join him in the diner.

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What really happened — well, in unwritten fictional terms at least — remained a mystery.

Until now.

Series creator David Chase finally revealed all — or a key fact anyway — in an interview with online blogging site Vox.com.

Asked repeatedly what happened to Soprano, Chase at first became furious, asking his interviewer: “Why are we talking about this?”

But he then finally gave a straight answer to the question of whether Tony Soprano was dead.

“No,” he said simply, according to Vox. “No, he isn’t.”

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The revelation leaves open the possibility that the series could be revived on screen. This seems highly unlikely, not least because James Gandolfini, the actor who played Soprano, died in June last year, aged 51.

[Image: James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, via Wikipedia]


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Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich

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You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.

By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.

He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.

How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?

He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.

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Trump-loving Minneapolis police union boss calls the cops on a reporter for knocking on his door

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Lt. Bob Kroll, the Trump-loving president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, called the police this week on a Washington Post reporter for the purported offense of knocking on the door of his house.

In an effort to get Kroll to respond to the charges that were filed this week against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death, the Post sent one of its reporter to Krolls house after multiple other requests for comment went unanswered.

"A Washington Post reporter who knocked on Kroll’s door was soon pulled over by a police officer who said that Kroll had reported suspicious activity on his front porch and that 'he doesn’t want any press,'" the paper reports.

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‘I know a dying administration when I see one’: British journalist says brutal crackdown will seal Trump’s doom

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British journalist Ed Luce called out Senate Republicans for covering a dying Trump administration that's threatening U.S. democracy as it gasps for survival.

The Financial Times' chief U.S. commentator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that President Donald Trump is trying to crack down on dissent and rally his hardcore base as the coronavirus and now nationwide protests against police brutality threaten his re-election chances.

"There are other Republican senators who are keeping silent because they know that what Trump is doing, what Trump is suggesting, is wrong," Luce said. they're scared of a backlash if they speak out."

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