In the 14 years since its finale, the legacy of The Sopranos continues to loom large in popular culture. The David Chase-scripted series is the godfather of many “Peak TV” series including shows like Breaking Bad or Mad Men and its impact continues to be felt to this day. The series’ influence will only grow in the wake of The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel film that primarily explores the early days of Tony Soprano (lovingly played by late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael) and his relationship with his “Uncle” Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola).
With Many Saints now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, we decided to dig into some of the lingering questions posited by the events of the film. It should go without warning here that we’ll be addressing events of both The Many Saints of Newark and The Sopranos, so here’s your requisite SPOILER ALERT. To quote my man khal, if you haven’t watched the original HBO series, you’re just playing yourself. So grab yourself a gun and join us as we dive deep.