UPDATE: David Chase's representative, Leslee Dart, gave this statement to USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander late Wednesday:
"A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, 'Tony Soprano is not dead,' is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true.
"As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, 'Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.' To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of THE SOPRANOS raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer."
When The Sopranos ended seven years ago, we were all left stunned as the final scene in the series abruptly cut to black leaving us literally shrouded in darkness as to the fate of Mob boss Tony Soprano, played by the late, great James Gandolfini.
Well, there's some good news! Show creator David Chase is finally giving us an answer to this question: Was Tony killed? The not-so-good news: He doesn't elaborate. Like, at all.
When Vox reporter Martha P. Nochimson asks Chase point-blank if Tony is dead, he simply shakes his head no and says,
No, he isn't.
Boom — that's all, folks.
Is he in prison? Did he and Carmela divorce? We may have to wait another seven years to get answers to the new round of questions we now have …