I heard on the radio this morning that David Chase is vehemently denying stories that one of the "important" characters on the Sopranos will not survive the season. I know there's been some discussion here and on other forums regarding this possibility, and the radio story I heard this morning named the character that would be "leaving" the show. I don't want to put the name into a thread, even with spoilers, but has anyone else heard these rumors/stories? And if it turns out to be true, why would Chase lie about it by denying the stories? You'd think that he would have had a planned response to this kind of news getting "out". It doesn't seem (to me, at least) that lying about it will make it go away.