Good analysis of the finale from Lobster Lagoon
The Sopranos begins with a troubled mobster entering psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and his character arc plays out in that context; Tony Soprano’s seemingly irrational behavior is only comprehensible by considering the conversations he has with Dr. Melfi. The show’s fascination with the unconscious makes psychoanalysis an ideal tool for understanding the series, which traces Tony’s spiritual demise as he wrestles with, and fails to resolve, his Oedipus complex. The first part of this essay will examine the relationship he has with his mother and father, the evidence for his complex, and explore how his parents’ demands set the stage for his spiritual struggle. This section will also include a complete analysis of The Test Dream’s dream sequence. The second part will discuss his near death experience at the beginning of 6A, and it will use Kennedy and Heidi (6.18) to show that Tony fulfills the oedipal myth by murdering his nephew, who stands in symbolically for his father, and sleeping with Christopher’s Vegas girlfriend, herself standing in for both his nephew’s wife, Kelly, and Tony’s mother, Livia. This is also the effective completion of the mission given to him in The Test Dream, and for thematic purposes Tony is dead, his spiritual arc concluded in failure. The final section will view Made in America in light of Tony being already dead when the episode begins, highlighting themes of fate, sin, and salvation while providing specific analyses of The Cat and Holsten’s.
A total understanding of Made in America, finale of The Sopranos, in the show’s sacred and spiritual context.
--R25, R27, R28, R30, R32, R34
The ending to The Sopranos all these years still shocks me on a real personal level.
It was wrong... shockingly wrong!
--Norma Shearer, agreeing
It is the greatest ending of the greatest TV drama series of all time.
I can't imagine a movie would have improved the legacy, let alone the story, in any way, were it done in the last 10 years.
Plus, they can always do it with everybody else and plot it around Tony's funeral, if they really wanted to do it.
Chase has hinted about a prequel, and I must admit I would love a series set in the 50s/60s all about the old days.
But, that's just me.
--Guest Star Stefani Germanotta
IS r92 PUSSYLIPS, SCREAMING WITH ANGRY POWER?
--no one else uses all-caps