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Sopranos Fans:David Chase Finally Explains The Sopranos Pine Barrens Episode
You Tube ^ | April 29, 2013 | David Chase

Posted on 05/21/2013 7:34:09 AM PDT by lbryce

In what is by most accounts the Sopranos' most talked about, controversial episode, David Chase,the Sopranos' creator, looks to respond to what is probably the fans' biggest gripe of the series regarding a tantalizing plot issue left unresolved. "Pine Barrens" has Chris and Paulie getting lost in the wintry wilderness of South Jersey in the aftermath of their intention to dispose of a Russian mobster "Goodfellas" style, but the mobster, best friend of Tony's business associate manages to escape the clutches of these seemingly inept henchmen.

Fans were quite upset that a very compelling story line whereby the mobster returns to wreak havoc on Tony and his crew is never explored nor is the mobster and his fate ever addressed.

Chase is asked by the interviewer about the incident and tries to mollify the fans many years too late.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: davidchase; pinebarens; thesopranos
The clip, nearly two minutes in length has Chase coming across quite lame, apathetic about it all.
1 posted on 05/21/2013 7:34:09 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce
LOL my fav episode. Pauly is such a pissa.
2 posted on 05/21/2013 7:35:01 AM PDT by angcat
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To: lbryce

save


3 posted on 05/21/2013 7:35:42 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: lbryce

Maybe he could explain the final episode while he is at it.


4 posted on 05/21/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT by Patrick1 (“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”)
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To: lbryce


5 posted on 05/21/2013 7:40:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: angcat

LOL my fav episode.

Mine too. Hilarious. Favorite line is when Tony calls Pauly and asks him to do this and Pauly says, “Ton’ I gotta take my ma to social security today...”


6 posted on 05/21/2013 7:41:08 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: lbryce

"Whats to know? We were freezing our b**** off and no cell service!

7 posted on 05/21/2013 7:42:34 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Patrick1
Maybe he could explain the final episode while he is at it.

That's easy. As Meadow cones into the restau

8 posted on 05/21/2013 7:42:57 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: angcat

My favorite line “he’s an interior decorator”


9 posted on 05/21/2013 7:43:21 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: lbryce

I’d love to have heard an answer to the interviewer’s last question.

If I’d have been the interviewer, my first question to David Chase would have been: “About the final episode — WTF?”


10 posted on 05/21/2013 7:44:09 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Roccus

“cones” S/B “comes”


11 posted on 05/21/2013 7:44:22 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: lbryce
Just my opinion, but they faced the choice of filling time with a suspenseful "who's the Russian going to kill and how next?" device, or a pointless plot line about the travails of a 400 pound homosexual capo who is found out, moves to Vermont and buys an antique shop, has a brief affair with a local fireman whose entire crew are seemingly bent, and then gets tracked down and tragically impaled on a broom handle by an offended in law who happens to be with one of the NY families (played, by coincidence, by the "go get your shine box" guy from Good Fella's).

That they chose the latter tells you everything you may ever have wanted to know about Hollywood.

12 posted on 05/21/2013 7:48:06 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Patrick1
Maybe he could explain the final episode while he is at it.

Copy this link

http://masterofsopranos.wordpress.com/the-sopranos-definitive-explanation-of-the-end/

For me it is the definitive explanation communicated in painstaking detail.

Spoiler

Tony dies.

13 posted on 05/21/2013 7:56:48 AM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: lbryce

Ahhh, my favorite episode! Favorite line: “The guy’s an interior decorator? His place looks like $#!* !!!” It was genius.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 7:59:42 AM PDT by VRWCer ( They will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. - ML King)
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To: erod

LOL, I figured that, but I would have preferred a James Caan type ending in the Godfather to the one Chase gave us.

Which was more like an old Dallas episode.


15 posted on 05/21/2013 8:00:28 AM PDT by Patrick1 (“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”)
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To: Patrick1
If you watch the last few moments of the video, the interviewer, in mock sincerity, not at all expecting Chase to really reveal Tony's fate, asks Chase if Tony is still alive, referencing the ambiguous ending where the screen goes blank supposedly symbolizing Tony's death.

The blank screen at the finale had critics making reference to an earlier episode with Tony spending the weekend at his brother-in-law Bobby Bacala's country home has Bacala quoted as saying to the effect that death comes like a screen being turned off.

In the last few moments of the episode, there's this suspicious character going into the men's room, allegedly before killing Tony in homage to Michael Corleone doing the same, when retrieving the gun from the men's room in 'the Godfather' before killing Salaci and the police captain, after which in the Sopranos' finale has the screen goes blank.

16 posted on 05/21/2013 8:07:16 AM PDT by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: Maceman

Kindly see post #16.


17 posted on 05/21/2013 8:10:07 AM PDT by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: Roccus; Patrick1
"That's easy. As Meadow cones into the restau"


18 posted on 05/21/2013 8:22:59 AM PDT by Yehuda
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To: NeoCaveman

Yep, and he killed 13 Czechoslavakians....


19 posted on 05/21/2013 8:33:51 AM PDT by NOVACPA
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To: NeoCaveman

Yep, and he killed 16 Czechoslovakians....


20 posted on 05/21/2013 8:35:27 AM PDT by NOVACPA
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To: Patrick1

It’s still an excellent read, very in depth and the reasons given for Tony’s death are great. I stopped watching The Sopranos after hearing about that horrible ending, but a year ago I read this and then I watched it over again.


21 posted on 05/21/2013 8:37:20 AM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
My favorite part is the Arby’s that Christopher keeps thinking about and when they eat the ketchup packets. We watch that over and over my husband and I and always find something new to laugh about. It's even funnier with a bottle of Kendall Jackson!
22 posted on 05/21/2013 8:42:36 AM PDT by angcat
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To: erod

That’s what happened, but IMHO they made it confusing because the last image before darkness should have been Tony’s view of his daugher walking in, not of Tony himself.


23 posted on 05/21/2013 8:44:14 AM PDT by Vision (We are not descended from fearful men)
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To: lbryce

I’ll buy it, but Coppola was better.


24 posted on 05/21/2013 9:17:05 AM PDT by Patrick1 (“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”)
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To: Patrick1

I read it as well, and agree.


25 posted on 05/21/2013 10:41:09 AM PDT by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: katana

Of course those 2 story lines are separated by 3 seasons.


26 posted on 05/21/2013 10:48:58 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: NOVACPA

He’s an interior decorator.

His house looked like $#!T.


27 posted on 05/21/2013 12:30:09 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Vision

Yeah they did make it confusing. Although the camera angle did serve a purpose.


28 posted on 05/21/2013 1:18:28 PM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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