What can we expect ‘Sopranos-wise’ from ‘The Many Saints of Newark’


With the announcement that The Sopranos universe will be returning with a feature-length film, what can we expect to see related to the HBO classic?

Yes, The Sopranos theme has been playing in my head since I was made aware of this announcement. And yes, the odds of getting a concrete answer on if Tony got whacked after our screens went black is likely not in the cards. However, the simple fact that we’re revisiting The Sopranos world is news that will make any wiseguy wannabe salivate.

What can fans of the show get excited about? While a lot is up in the air, it does seem like we’ll get some appearances from Tony’s dad Johnny Boy and his Uncle Junior. That’s big news enough, but it would be wonderful to see a lot of that same Sopranos vibe.


Mind games

For instance, Tony’s therapist, Dr. Melfi, was a vital pulse to the heartbeat of the series. With The Many Saints of Newark taking place in the 1960s, therapy was available, but not as refined nor prevalent as it was in the late 20th century (I refer you to Betty Francis in Mad Men). Seeing how some of the characters will fall or suffer without the benefit of psychiatry could be intriguing. Addition by subtraction.

Tony’s influences

Tony Soprano would have been born by the time the events of The Many Saints of Newark take place. A very young Tony may or may not be featured. Nonetheless, it should be interesting to see the people he potentially patterned himself after. Additionally, we’ll also get to see the tough guys, rats and goombas who could have played a negative impact on the life of Jersey’s favorite “waste manager.” Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Tony Soprano’s panic attacks.

Organized crime in its heyday

Something that made The Sopranos stand out from all the rest of the Mafia pack was that it took place in the present day. With The Many Saints of Newark, we’ll be right in the thick of the gangster action. Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale and Donnie Brasco all took place in the 60s era. How will David Chase’s mobster world stand out?

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Considering we’re talking about The Sopranos‘ Newark, I’m sure it will be a different world of crime than we’re used to seeing. One that’s just as mentally violent as it is physically.

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