'The Sopranos' star Lorraine Bracco reveals she was upset over her character's 'rough' ending: 'I would have liked for it to have been more meaningful'
Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on HBO's The Sopranos. Lev Radin / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images; HBO
Lorraine Bracco said her character's departure from "The Sopranos" was "rough" and "abrupt".
Bracco played Tony Soprano's therapist Dr. Melfi in the HBO drama that ran for six seasons.
"I would have liked it to have been more telling," said the actress about Melfi's departure.
Lorraine Bracco said her character's departure from "The Sopranos" was "precipitous" and "abrupt" in a new episode of "Talking Sopranos" starring Steve Schirripa and Michael Imperioli.
"I would have liked it to have been more meaningful," said Bracco of her character Dr. Melfi in the sixth season. The actress also told Schirripa and Imperioli that she felt that Sopranos creator David Chase wanted Melfi to "get rid of" Tony Soprano.
Dr. Melfi is last seen in the penultimate episode (titled "The Blue Comet") of the HBO drama, in which she informs Tony (James Gandolfini) that she will no longer treat him. Melfi's tough decision comes after she was berated by coworkers at a dinner party for continuing to treat Tony even though he has signs that he is a sociopath.
"I mean, I think she took care of Tony," Bracco said of her character. "Even though he was a bastard and might never really get along ... I think she really took care of him."
"You don't spend seven years with someone and throw them away. It made me feel bad," added the actress.
Schirripa and Imperioli, who appeared in "The Sopranos" Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri and
In "Woke Up This Morning," the two actors reveal numerous behind-the-scenes anecdotes, including the fact that star Gandolfini once received an anonymous late-night phone call that later inspired a line in "The Sopranos".
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