The Many Saints of Newark drops tons of Easter eggs and references to The Sopranos, establishing deep connections between the prequel and the series.
The much-awaited The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, features many Easter eggs and references to the critically-acclaimed HBO series. From 1999 to 2007, The Sopranos, which ran for a total of 86 episodes across 6 seasons, was a pop-culture touchstone that is often credited with launching the prestige TV movement. More than a decade later, the follow-up The Many Saints of Newark continues to expand the fictional universe, taking audiences back to Tony Soprano’s origins — and introducing several pivotal role models from his youth.
The Sopranos is set in the ‘90s and 2000s and focuses on New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) — a middle-aged family man struggling to maintain his marriage, mental health, and criminal empire. Meanwhile, The Many Saints of Newark is set in the late ‘60s to the ‘70s. Although the prequel film touches on the formative years of young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) and his relationships with members of his immediate family, it actually focuses on Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), the man whom young Tony looks up to as a mentor and father figure.