The Sopranos is considered one of the greatest television shows of all time, thanks to its mob-related content, award-winning performances, and intense drama. One minute the viewer was on the edge of their seat and the next minute they were laughing. Whether it was the unintentional comedy or the emotionally draining drama, The Sopranos delivered a great hour of television for over 7 years.
The series finale “Made In America” remains a divisive topic to this day due to its sudden black screen ending. At the very least, the ending worked in terms of talking points, especially since everyone is discussing it 16 years after The Sopranos ended. Still, it’s worth reminding fans of every character’s possible fate at the end of the beloved series.
Updated on April 21st, 2023 by Casey Coates: This list has been updated to reflect CBR’s current publishing style.
Married Patrick Parisi And Became A Successful Lawyer
At the end of The Sopranos, it’s revealed that Meadow had been secretly dating Patrick Parisi. When Tony and Carmella meet with the Parisi family, Patrick reveals that Meadow got a job with a successful law firm. After the ending at Holsten’s, it would make sense if Patrick and Meadow got married and maybe had a couple of kids. Meadow always had a little chip on her shoulder but seemed to be a smart and genuine person.
In Season 3, Meadow was working at a law center and was helping a young Muslim girl with legal problems. The more experience Meadow gained at the law firm would pay off and her work ethic would allow her to become one of the most successful lawyers in New Jersey. Meadow and Patrick would likely have a beautiful family. They’d probably give their kids the same privileged life that they both grew up with, minus the mob connections and blood money.
Got Fired From Carmine’s Production Company Due To His Constant Whining
AJ Soprano is one of the most hated TV characters, probably because he was self-entitled and complained about everything. Because he threatened to join the military, Tony pulled some strings and got AJ a job with Carmine Lupertazzi Jr’s production company. In the finale, AJ is also seen kissing Rhiannon, the model who was admitted to the same mental health hospital. Unfortunately, his SUV catches fire and blows up.
AJ and Rhiannon would likely go on to start dating seriously and move in together. Although, things could take a turn in their relationship if AJ gets fired from the production company. Either way, fans don’t doubt that AJ would keep complaining, no matter what happens.
Got Married To Vic Musto From Season 2
After what happened to Tony at Holsten’s, Carmela was probably forced to raise their kids on her own. She likely would have reconnected with Vic Musto. Vic was a home decorator and the brother-in-law of Davey Scatino, one of Tony’s childhood friends. Vic and Carmela shared a kiss in Season 2 and even flirted, leading to Carmela inviting Vic over for lunch.
However, Vic may have realized how dangerous Tony was, so he didn’t show up for the lunch with Carmela. After Tony is gone, Carmela thinks of going to Italy and rekindling her relationship with Furio but runs into Vic at the hardware store. Vic, knowing that Tony is out of the picture, asks Carmela if she still wants to have that lunch they planned years before. Carmela accepts his invitation and the two begin a serious relationship, which leads to Vic moving into the house and their eventual marriage.
Ran The Aprille Crew But Eventually Retired To Miami
Paulie Walnuts was an amazing and outrageous character, thanks to his ability to terrify and entertain viewers. In the last episode, Tony offers Paulie the chance to be captain of the Aprille crew, but Paulie refuses, citing the bad luck the previous captains of that crew had: Richie Aprille was killed by Janice, Gigi died on the toilet, and Ralphie was killed by Tony. However, Tony convinces him to take over the crew when he mentions that Paulie and Patsy will be a family soon.
Paulie’s jealous nature and his hatred of Patsy make him think twice, so Paulie gives Tony exactly what he wanted. However, after Tony is gone, Paulie decides to retire to Florida and hangs out with Beansie Gaeta, another former member of the Aprille crew. Paulie remains in Florida and still has one of the greatest tans, something that was important to him even when he lived in New Jersey.
Died In Hospital And Never Thought Tony Had The Makings Of A Varsity Athlete
Corrado “Junior” Soprano may have been the boss in Season 1, but he always seemed to be playing catch-up to what Tony and his crew were doing. Junior was strictly a boss by name and was arrested at the end of the first season. Yet, even after giving a hit on Tony the green light, the two grew close again when Junior was diagnosed with cancer. They seemed to be on good terms for several years, but Junior was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Junior started repeating that Tony never had the makings of a varsity athlete, something he said to Tony when he was a kid.
Understandably, Tony was upset by this. In the first episode of Season 6, Junior shoots Tony in the stomach because he thinks Tony is someone else. They only see each other one more time, but Junior doesn’t remember who Tony is. Sadly, it’s likely that Junior died in the mental health facility.
Found Her Son Hal And Made A Nuclear Family With Bobby’s Kids
Janice may have been annoying and selfish, but she seemed devastated when Bobby was killed. Although their relationship wasn’t perfect, Janice and Bobby were good for each other. She had another child named Harpo who was never seen in The Sopranos, but it’s revealed he’s homeless and changed his name to Hal. After Bobby’s death, Tony recommended bringing Hal into her new family, creating a “nuclear” family.
However, Janice seemed to be more concerned with who would get Uncle Junior’s money. Tony tells Junior he should leave that money to Bobby’s kids and not Janice. After Junior’s death, Janice probably decides to find Hal and continues to take care of Bobby’s kids and their daughter. Although her motives seem to be money-related, Janice builds a new life with her “nuclear” family and remains an integral part of all of the kids’ lives.
Killed In Holsten’s Diner By The Members Only Jacket Guy
The famous cut-to-black ending will be debated for years, but most fans think that the black screen signified Tony’s death. If so, who killed Tony Soprano? There were many interesting people in the diner that night, but the man in the Members Only jacket probably pulled the trigger. The Members Only jacket guy was Eugene Pontecorvo’s brother. Eugene was a captain for one of Tony’s crew at the beginning of Season 6 but wanted to retire to Florida with his wife and kids.
Maybe Tony said no to Eugene’s request to retire and revealed Eugene was working with the FBI. Eugene’s life might have started to unravel quickly, which led to his brother wanting revenge on Tony. The Members Only jacket guy had the same skin tone and hair color as Eugene, which means he could have shot and killed Tony in Holsten’s.
Consciousness And Became The Boss Of The Family
After Tony’s death in The Sopranos, perhaps Silvio regained consciousness. After several months of rehabilitation, he took responsibility for the entire family. Silvio claims he was discussed as a candidate for boss after Jackie died, and he did become acting boss at the beginning of Season 6 after Tony was shot. Although, his allergies started acting up and his breathing became labored after a few days of being the fill-in boss.
After surviving the shoot-out, Silvio may have gained a new perspective on life and decided he wanted to be more than a Consigliere. He was so respected by the family that he would have been a good choice to carry Tony’s legacy.