second era soprano nearing its end. soprano talking, the popular podcast started by the show’s alumni Michael Imperioli and Steve Chiriba as a project to help relieve fan stress during the pandemic, concluded on Monday. It premiered in April 2020.
The duo thanked fans from the bottom of their hearts for the massive support of the project which resulted in 91 episodes and one bestselling book, Wake Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos.
The hosts haven’t gone into details as to why they’re off, but it seems clear that they’ve taken nearly everything they can with every single actor and some crew members who were on the series. In addition, both actors are juggling with other projects.
Their last guest was none other than the series creator himself: David Chase. The writer and director has visited the podcast in the past, but it’s been so rare for the ending that he’s spilling the beans on the series’ lingering questions. His comments come on the heels of a recent title confirmation, which was made in a The Hollywood Reporter Interview about the fate of the final series Tony.
To get the ball rolling, Schirripa asked Chase if there was a character he regretted killing. After a moment of thought, Chase gave his answer: Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, played by Vincent Pastore.
“It was too early because we all liked this guy, and we liked the actor, too,” Chase said. “But it made for a great story. What can I say?” Bonpensiero was killed by the gang at the end of season two after Tony (James Gandolfini) concluded (then confirmed) that he was an FBI informant (“Funhouse”, season two thirteenth episode).
Then Chase finally confirmed that yes, Ralph (Joe Pantoliano) had killed his racehorse, Pie-o-My; An animal that Tony was very fond of and that makes huge profits on the track. Tony later strangles Ralph to death for being careful about whether the fire that killed the horse was accidental (“Who Did This,” episode 9 of season four).
“Tony was right,” Chase said of doubt. “But the thing is, when he was beating up Ralph for killing Pie-o-My, it was about that girl he killed, Tracee (Ariel Kelly).” Tracy was a young dancer at Bada Bing! who has been involved with Ralph and shows affection for Tony in the way of a friend or daughter, which Tony often rejects. However, when Ralph beats Tracy to death in the sixth episode of the third season of “University”, Tony gets angry and attacks Ralph for the cold-blooded murder.
Chase also agreed with Sherpa when he said that Janice (Aida Turturro), in his opinion, was more evil than Livia (Nancy Marchand), her mother, and Tony. “Livia came from a time and place in New Jersey that wasn’t very enlightened. There wasn’t a lot of money, but they were working class. So there was a lot that Livia didn’t know. Janice had every opportunity. She was Hindu, she was all over the world.” And she’s still very corrupt. Livia somehow has a criminal mind.”
Schirripa also asked about the importance of the canned ham that Tony was carrying when he came home from the safe house in the “Made in America” finale series. Chase admitted it meant something, but it wasn’t that deep. “They were in that other house and there was canned ham, and we can’t leave that! We have to take the ham. Let it go to waste?”
Chase concluded his time by saying, “I’m so grateful that people want to ask me about the ending; that there’s still this interest in it. It’s hard to feel appreciated, as when you’re talking to a reporter, but the whole thing is. I, personally, was just a person Really lucky, mainly because I’ve worked with so many talented people. It’s been phenomenal. How often does that happen? There are millions of them. [fans]I thank them for their concern.”
There were a number of other topics covered in the final you talk soprano The episode can be found below.