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Does Tony Soprano Know Junior Killed Dickie Moltisanti?

Despite being the prequel film to the seminal HBO drama The sopranos, Newark’s Many Saints it never fully resolves whether Tony Soprano ever found out the truth about Dickie Moltisanti’s death. In the final act of Newark’s Many Saints, Dickie is assassinated on Junior Soprano’s orders, ending speculation about the true circumstances of how Dickie died. In The sopranos Season 4, Episode 1, “For All Debts Public and Private”, Tony told Christopher that his father Dickie was murdered by Barry Haydu, a New Jersey detective. According to Tony, Barry was taking orders from a criminal named Jilly Ruffalo, who had her eye gouged out by Dickie. Although Christopher doesn’t really believe Tony’s story, he follows orders and kills Barry.


However, as Newark’s Many Saints reveals, neither Barry nor Jilly are to blame for Dickie Moltisanti’s death, as it was Junior Soprano who ordered the hit. This calls into question whether Tony was lying to Christopher about how Dickie was killed, or if not, how DiMeo’s eventual boss, who tends to find out everything eventually, doesn’t know the truth about Junior’s hand in Dickie’s murder. If Tony Soprano finally finds out the truth, this would explain the difficult relationship Tony has with his nephew Christopher, as well as the tension between Tony and Junior. However, given the relationship dynamics present throughout the original show, it seems unlikely that Tony actually knew the truth about Dickie Moltisanti, and that Tony Soprano and Christopher’s strained relationship could be attributed to other factors.

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It is unknown how much Tony knew about Dickie’s murder.

Many Saints Junior Soprano Phone Booth

Junior, along with anyone else who knows how he killed Dickie, may have already made compromises with Tony sometime between many saints Y The sopranos. On the other hand, Tony certainly could have used the events surrounding Dickie’s death to gain leverage over Junior during his feud in previous seasons of The sopranos. Also, since Tony looked up to Dickie as a father, it’s unlikely that he could have just backed off and done nothing about it. There would be no way to convince Tony not to move against Junior, which is not the case during The sopranosin which Tony is quite protective of his uncle, even when Junior threatened war.

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This raises the possibility that Tony’s story to Christopher about Detective Barry Haydu shooting Dickie is actually what he believes to be the truth. Despite all of Junior’s faults, he can be quite capable if need be, and he could have told Tony lies to cover his hand in Dickie’s death. Also, the identity of the gunman who carried out the hit is never revealed, which means it could be anyone, including Barry Haydu, a grain of truth to cover up a bigger lie. And if this were the case, then Christopher could have helped Junior tie up the last loose end in the Dickie Moltisanti murder.

Tony will never find out that Junior murdered Dickie Moltisanti.

A young Tony Soprano and Dickie Moltisanti in The Many Saints of Newark.

Whether Tony knew Junior had killed Dickie remains a mystery, at least until soprano creator David Chase and Newark’s Many Saints Director Alan Taylor decides to make a sequel. Unfortunately, however, it seems that Newark’s Many Saints could be the last project set in the sopranos Canyon. Taking into account all that the public knows about the general aspects sopranos arc, it seems unlikely that Tony actually knew his uncle was responsible, but unless more material hits the screens, there will never be a definitive answer. For now, the 20 years between the prequel and the series remain untold. HBO executive Casey Bloys (via The Hollywood Reporter) indicated that”I don’t think David has any interest in revisiting The Sopranos..” before adding “And I would agree with him. It’s a perfect series that I don’t think needs to be revised.”

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What Newark’s Many Saints seems to be the last soprano project that creator David Chase and his team were interested in working on, Tony will likely never find out the hard facts about Dickie Moltisanti’s death. After the lukewarm reception of Newark’s Many Saints, there were also rumors that HBO executives rejected any plans for a sequel to the film. Much like the future of the DiMeo crime family, everything Tony knew about Dickie’s murder will likely remain a mystery forever. This means there is plenty of room for The Many Saints of Newark 2 – if it ever takes off – to solve this huge soprano mystery.

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