Tony was not killed by the guy in the Members Only jacket. And right now, he is apparently in the Witness Protection Program with his wife Carmela. And he’s grown a beard.
How do we know this? We know this thanks to NBA star LeBron James.
I’m not a follower of sports, but apparently, the Knicks really want LeBron to play for them and somehow convinced James Gandolfini and Edie Falco (who played Tony and Carmela Soprano) to bring back their characters for a video presentation for LeBron. In the video, Tony is in Witness Protection and is trying to find a place to stay for a good friend of his who is coming to town. Carmela suggests Madison Square Garden and tells Tony that the place is ready and waiting for LeBron.
For Sopranos fans, this is huge news. My thinking is that David Chase had to have approved usage of his characters, Gandolfini and Falco had to agree to revisit their iconic roles, and everyone had to agree to the storyline.
This would seem to resolve the matter once and for all, don't you think? All the interpretation and analysis that many put forth to “prove” Tony was assassinated now seem to be moot. Plus, we know with certainty that Sylvio Dante, who was in a coma when the series ended, is alive (thanks to Stevie Van Zandt revealing this tidbit and stating that it came from Daivd Chase himself). And Paulie and the rest of the Tony's immediate family are still alive. Sounds to me like there’s plenty there for a movie, doesn’t it?
We can only hope.