The Sopranos: Maybe it was all about “those goddamn ducks.”
By The Editors
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so angry, so entitled, so violent...and yet so loyal... Tony Soprano

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The Sopranos premiered on HBO in 1999. The show won 16 Emmys that year.

The last episode aired in 2011 and the star, James Gandolfini died of a heart attack in 2013.

Fast forward to 2020, and GQ calls it “The Hottest Show of 2020.”

Why?

It’s Tony.

I watched week after week marvelling at Tony — so angry, so entitled, so violent…and yet so loyal.

I don’t know about you, but I watched week after week marvelling at this character — so angry, so entitled, so violent…and yet so loyal.

That’s me, I would think to myself.

Inside, I am often burning up and full of rage.

And inside, I know I deserve better than what I’ve got.

And inside, I am barely able to keep a lid on my urge to put a bullet in the side of your head.

But unlike Tony, I do keep lid on it; but only because I really have no choice.

Yet, given a choice the way Tony Soprano has a choice, I just might let the rage inside me out.

And I don’t think it’s just me; I think lots of people watch The Sopranos and feel the same way.

Just as Tony was in therapy (“Those goddamn ducks”), watching The Sopranos is like therapy for me.

Yeah, I am filled with rage and I know I deserve better and there’s a part of me that believes that just a little violence will eliminate whatever problem is pissing me off today; but I also see what a mess Tony’s life is, so I take a deep breath, and I turn off the TV.

And that’s where the loyalty and the ducks come in.

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