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Sopranos creator defends finale

Sopranos creator David Chase went to France ahead of the finale
The writer of US drama series The Sopranos has said he did not intend to spark anger with its unorthodox finale.

David Chase said: "No-one was trying to be audacious. We did what we thought we had to do. No-one was trying to blow people's minds."

He also told New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger that a Sopranos film had not been ruled out after the television series' inconclusive swansong.

Sunday night's episode drew an audience of 11.9m to US cable channel HBO.

Deluged

The Sopranos' fourth season opener in 2002 remains the highest-rating episode with an audience of 13.4m.

Chase, who travelled to France before the finale to "avoid all the Monday morning quarterbacking", gave only one interview to the newspaper, which is in the area where the mob drama is set.

"I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there," he said of the drama's end, which faded to black in the middle of a scene until the credits rolled.

"People get the impression that you're trying to mess with them, and it's not true. You're trying to entertain them. No-one was thinking, 'Wow, this'll tick them off," he added.

Chase refused to dismiss a big screen spin-off, saying: "If something appeared that really made a good Sopranos movie, and you could invest in it and everybody else wanted to do it, I would do it.

"But I think we've kind of said it and done it. An idea could pop into my head where I would go, 'Wow, that would make a great movie,' but I doubt it," added the writer.

The final episode's unexpected ending led some viewers to believe that HBO had gone off air.

The station was deluged with feedback, while the official chatroom of the series crashed as fans debated the conclusion.

Critics were split on the finale, with some calling it a "prank", while others saw it as a "revolution" and Chase remaining "defiant to the end".