Played by Edie Falco
Being the First Lady of the New Jersey mob has its advantages, like a beautiful house, furs, expensive jewellery - and power. But there are drawbacks to the life, too, and they are considerable.
Carmela has spent the better part of her marriage contending with Tony's infidelities and the strong possibility she'll be widowed in a bloody and violent fashion. She has also found it increasingly difficult to reconcile the brutal nature of Tony's profession with her religious faith. Despite all that, Carmela had always been able to convince herself that she was better off with Tony than without him.
That's no longer the case. A mutual infatuation with Furio Giunta recently caused Carmela to wonder what her life might be like if she were no longer married to Tony. Furio returned permanently to Italy and Carmela found more evidence of Tony's affairs. Then she did something almost unheard of in her social circle: she said she wanted a divorce. After twenty-odd years with Tony Soprano, it's not likely to be an amicable one.