WARNING: Spoilers from The Sopranos Seasons 1-6 follow
Given the recent rise of TV antiheroes like Walter White, Don Draper, Dexter Morgan, Tom Kane or even the depiction of Dr. Masters, we decided to take a look at the show which arguably started it all and gave this concept a new meaning in its modern context. You just can’t imagine the new golden age of TV drama without this phenomenal crime series thanks to the amazing writing and its timeless characters. The undeniable influence of The Sopranos can be traced anywhere no matter the genre, when it comes to direction, cinematography, plot development, symbolism, underlying themes, characterization, and so on. From the mystical world of LOST, to the magic realism surrounding Six Feet Under, to modern-day dramas like Breaking Bad, Boss or Mad Men. The amazing thing about Tony is that like the best antiheroes, no matter how irredeemable or terrifying he becomes, we still find ourselves actively rooting for and sympathizing with him when seeing his compassionate side. While the show has a definitive cultural spectrum, it has the groundbreaking quality to transcend the boundaries and connect with people all over the world.
Many amazing essays and books have been written covering the magnitude of the series (such as The Complete Book, The Sopranos On The Couch, and my personal favorite The Sopranos & Philosophy) out of which we’ll try to bring as many influences into the picture as possible. On the net, the Master Of Sopranos blog has done a tremendous job on thoroughly analyzing the series. You should definitely check it out beforehand. If you’re familiar with our Observations articles, we’re once again going with the episodic approach to try to make sense of the show’s symbolism, its themes and hopefully to come across some good-old Easter eggs! However it should be noted that unless confirmed by the people involved in the show, linked to interviews, podcasts or other independent verifiable sources, the following bits and pieces are geared towards speculation and theorizing.
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