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Tony Soprano's Legacy: The Chosen One

I've connected with few, if any characters the way I connected with Tony Soprano. Judging by the reaction on social media and through conversations with a variety of people, I'm clearly not alone. It's rare for a character to be both so loved and hated at the same time that everyone who was a fan of the show.

Everyone has their favorite Sopranos moments. Eating at Vesuvio's. The Pine Barrens episode. Sitting in front of Satriale's discussing business. It was all a blast for 86 episodes, even if the 86th episode did fade to black.

Gandolfini was present for almost all of those moments, fixating television viewers in front of their screens every Sunday night. The Sopranos is still the most popular show HBO has ever had, when factoring in ratings, and Tony was the primary driver of that.

You woke up this morning

Got yourself a gun,

Your mama always said you'd be

The Chosen One.- A3, Woke Up This Morning

Truer words were never sang about a character or an actor the likes of Soprano/Gandolifini. Everything about the show, the actor and the character just seemed so perfect, like it was destiny.

May New Jersey's favorite TV mob boss rest in peace. Here's to hoping they have prosciutto, provolone and vinegar pepper sandwiches in Heaven.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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