Lorraine Bracco was ‘upset’ over ‘Sopranos’ character’s ‘abrupt’ exit

Lorraine Bracco’s character on “The Sopranos,” therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, is essential to the mob series’ core legacy.

However, the Long Island native, 67, wasn’t too keen on her role’s “abrupt” departure in the last episode before the show’s finale.

Dr. Melfi’s final moment during “The Blue Comet” showed her at a dinner party where a study that claims sociopaths take advantage of talk therapy came up in conversation. She thought long and hard about the study and quickly ended her professional relationship with Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).

The “Goodfellas” star recently joined her costars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa on their podcast “Talking Sopranos” and reflected on her annoyance with her character’s exit.

“I remember being upset [with] the direction that [creator David Chase] was bringing Melfi,” she said. “I just felt like he wanted me to get rid of [Tony]. I felt that he did it in a very abrupt way. I don’t think that she should have done it that way.”

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Bracco’s last appearance on the “Sopranos” showed her character leaving a dinner party, never to be seen or heard from again.
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Bracco continued, “I would have liked for it to have been more meaningful. I think she cared for Tony. Even though he was a f–k-up and he was never going to really straighten out. But I think she really cared for him. You don’t spend seven years with someone and [then] discard them. I felt bad about that.”

She added that she wanted Tony to be defensive and confront her about the study’s topic.

“Wouldn’t that have been great for him to have said that to her? ‘F–k you. I am doing what I am doing. I don’t care what you say to me. I don’t care morally where you want to guide me.’ I think that would have been powerful,” she said.

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Bracco and Gandolfini at the “Sopranos” series finale viewing party in 2007.

Dr. Melfi was a staple on the HBO drama throughout the series, from her introduction in the pilot episode in 1999 through the final season, as Tony’s therapist, friend and confidant.

Bracco was first offered the role of Tony’s wife Carmela (played by Edie Falco), however, she turned it down because she already played a mob wife in 1990’s “Goodfellas.”

She earned four Emmy nominations as well as four Golden Globe nods for her performance of Dr. Melfi.