We’re all psyched in the SXSW office for the Sunday beginning of the second-half to the last season of HBO’s The Sopranos. The show has recently had its up and downs creatively, but even on a bad night, The Sopranos is still better than most television made right now. For Salon, Heather Havrilesky takes a sneak peek at the first two episodes of this final stretch. And, things sound promising. Here are some of her thoughts from the article:
Viewers have predicted countless twists and tragedies that might await Tony and his clan, and expectations are running impossibly high. Even so, the engrossing details and resonance of these first two of nine final episodes make it clear that, no matter what happens, if the events that unfold have a profound impact on Tony — and it’s hard to see how they won’t — then they’ll have a profound impact on us as an audience as well. Like the ducks in his pool, the smallest symbols and relics from Tony’s past have the power to move us. His darkest fears and nightmares feel like our own. Recognizing this, Chase signals in these episodes that we’d better hold on tight, because we’re in for a breathtaking, bittersweet ride.