On June 10, 2007, one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of all time came to an abrupt end. To the background of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin", the screen went dark, and "The Sopranos" went into TV history. Since then, there has been plenty of speculation about what it all meant. 

For the last seven years, there have been plenty of theories about the symbolism (or lack of) in the final moments of the episode. Details all the way down to how the family were sitting and what they were wearing, to what they were eating have been picked through for deeper meaning.

And of course the big question was - did Tony live or die?

Well, series creator David Chase, after the better part of a decade of coy silence, has finally spoken on the topic.

In a rather lengthy article on lifestyle website Vox, Chase answers the question of whether Tony is dead rather simply:

Sorry for those of you hoping for a deeper, more detailed and meaningful explanation, that's all we're going to get. We can speculate all day long on what the fictional mob boss would be up to these days - maybe he's retired on a lush tropical island, maybe he's in the Witness Protection Program somewhere in a tiny town in the middle of the country, or maybe he's still arranging hits and hanging out at The Bada Bing with his crew.

But one thing we finally know for sure - Tony Soprano lives on.