It's time once more to dip into the bubbling pool of lunacy that is this strage world of ours, nodding sagely at the news that a barber shaved a play button into the side of a customer's head because he showed a picture of a paused video and said "like this please" and shrugging unamazedly at the news that a man reacted to an energy drink as if he'd smashed three tabs of Viagra. These are just everyday occurrences and nothing to get troubled about.
2019 clearly didn't start with movie and TV studios accepting that they needed to calm down and be more sensible for the year ahead either, because the twin screen industries have been just as littered with silliness and downright WTF moments as the story of the self-driving car firm boss who just publicly said self-driving cars will never work. Art onluy reflects the idiocy of the real world.
Behold, you fans of frenzy, you lords of lunacy, here's some of what you love...
10. David Chase Accidentally Spoiled The End Of The Sopranos
It's now been more than a decade since Tony Soprano hung up his crown as the greatest TV character, possibly of all time (alright, calm down Heisenberg) and since then, the single most pressing question that has endured is fairly obvious. Thanks to the ending of the show, which controversially cut to black before we got a definitive answer on whether Tony was whacked or not, fans have speculated on the outcome.
The simple fact is that for all the teeth-gnashing and the complaints that we all deserved something more definitive, that was one of the most perfect endings in TV history. It was art and the fact that it triggered so many reactions is testament to its success: it was, in the words of the youth, an absolutely banter ending and it didn't need an answer. Imagine the balls it took to do that.
Now though, the show's creator David Chase seems to have undone 12 years of wonderful mystery by answering that question. Speaking to Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall for their new book The Sopranos Sessions, he slipped up:
Sepinwall: When you said there was an end point, you don’t mean Tony at Holsten’s, you just meant, “I think I have two more years’ worth of stories left in me.”
Chase: Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end … Tony was going to get called to a meeting with Johnny Sack in Manhattan, and he was going to go back through the Lincoln Tunnel for this meeting, and it was going to go black there and you never saw him again as he was heading back, the theory being that something bad happens to him at the meeting. But we didn’t do that.
Seitz: You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene.