It’s been a tough life for Adriana La Cerva. Two of her uncles and one cousin have bit the dust. Her best friend tried to steal her fiance, and her other best friend turned out to be a Fed. Adding insult to injury, she’s got a colon that won’t stop and her dog Cosette was smothered to death under Christopher’s ass. Well, luckily Nani La Cerv was put out of her misery Sunday night when Silvio offed her in one of the more memorable whackings in the Soprano’s tome.It’s been a few seasons in the works, but time finally expired for the devoted Adriana. While Big Pussy generally ranks as the most memorable whacking – with Ralphie Cifaretto not far behind – Adriana’s departure marks the passing of one of the series’ oldest characters. Over the years, Adriana’s role in the series grew from being tangental to increasingly complex and central (this would be inversely proportional to Meadow Soprano who has all but dropped out of the show completely). By her untimely death, she had grown into an elaborate character, often injecting a sad warmth and vulnerability into a usually cold and macho world. Her co-dependent relationship with Christopher ranked as one of the most multi-layered portrayals on television, perhaps dwarfed only by Tony and Carmella.
Ade was stuck between a rock and a hard place, and unfortunately, she never realized that the best thing for her was to just flee. Anywhere. Maybe not China though. That’s where her FBI handler is looking for her. No, Adriana stood by her man with the hope that she could someday lord over a perfect little household in Hollywood where Christopher could be a screenwriter or male model. Sucks for Adriana though because her fiance’s loyalties are to the Mob, not his wife-to-be. I guess this is why they took so long to get married. Christopher opted to sell out his fragile fiance, ultimately resulting in her leafy death (the show couldn’t resist repeated images of fall – get the symbolism?).
Dumb Christopher. Doesn’t he realize that no matter how hard he tries, he’s never going to be the apple of Tony’s eye? He’s going to get shit on until the very end. And more importantly – waaay more importantly – doesn’t he realize that he’ll never ever in a million years get a woman as hot as Adriana? He just forked over the best thing going for him. Dumbass.
Actually, looks like Tony realized what Christopher didn’t see. As the mourning fiance sat stoned and high in the Bada Bing (much like he did with the infamous Cosette whacking), Tony snapped into a fit of rage. Maybe he was annoyed that Christopher was using again. But I suspect it was a bit more of the old inner-projection that Tony likes so much. After all, in the previous scene with Johnny Sack, Tony – knowing it would be terrible for him and his mob family – defended and displayed loyalty to his fuck-up cousin Tony B. Blood is thicker than wine. That Christopher didn’t observe this fundamental code with the woman who had been his loyal rock of support over the years surely made Tony snap. After all, if Tony could do it, Christopher should be able to also.
Speaking of the big man, going into the season finale, Tony has a lot on his plate. He’s back with Carm – as indicated by a romantic interlude near the tie rack – and his mistress is charred and suicidal. Great. Oh, and there’s that whole mob war that’s shifting into second gear now. Paging Dr. Melfi. Looks like Adriana got out just in time.