This guy is some sort of a genius:
What people admire about Tony [Soprano] isn’t his freedom; that thing you think is freedom is actually the lack of freedom. His story. His identity– that he has one, an obvious one, a clear one. Tony Soprano is not free, his behavior is completely tethered to what makes sense for his character. He acts exactly like Tony Soprano would act. That’s what people want: the limitations of that identity: if I know who I am, I know what I am capable of, I know my strengths and my limits, I know how I’d react to unknown dangers. And I want other people to know this. If other people know who I am, I wouldn’t have to keep proving myself. Strike that: I wouldn’t have to prove myself in the first place.
Wow. This is so brilliant and so completely true that I have nothing else to add other than to repeat my “Wow!”
Do read the whole long post because the rest of it is just as amazing. Just one more little quote for you:
Not knowing who I am, not knowing what I am supposed to do next and what I am not supposed to bother doing next– makes us long for characters who know precisely what to do next even if it is the wrong things. They may be flawed, but they are definite. They exist.
A standing ovation is in order.