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July 24, 2007

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David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, appeared at the Televison Critics Association Awards over the weekend. According to Alan Sepinwall, he told the audience, "Here's another clue for you all -- the Walrus was Paulie."

More clarifying remarks from Chase:

Somebody said it would be a good idea if we said something about the ending. I really wasn't going to go into it. But I'll just say this: When I was going to Stanford University graduate film school, 23 years old, I went and saw Planet of the Apes with my wife. When the movie was over I said, "Wow, so they had a Statue of Liberty, too." So that's what you're up against.

It's actually a better movie if you think of it that way.

Posted by smclemee at July 24, 2007 8:33 AM


This is what I've been saying all along (not so much about the Planet movies, about which I have very little opinion) about the Sopranos ending: the show was quotidian, about the way in which family and la Famiglia interact and how working relationships are managed and mismanaged in a context in which violence and other illegality are options. The ending makes perfect sense, if you don't think you're watching an extra-long Godfather.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at July 24, 2007 3:02 PM