When you live a life without limits, a survival of the fittest, kill or be killed existence, what more could you possibly hope for but to live? What does happily ever after mean in the grand scheme of things, when the best you can wish for at any point in time is simply to live to see the next hour, the next day?
Stefano Marino might tell you it’s better to live with regrets than to die with honor. Or maybe he’d say it’s better to live with honor than to die with regrets. One thing is for sure, though, he’d absolutely tell you he’d give up everything to protect the two people he loves more than anything else in the world, and where honor is concerned, where regret is concerned, they’re sometimes a knife that cuts both ways.
Stefano knew a Spadaro would eventually be his undoing, and he was so right. But in the midst of his life fraying at the seams, he found a way to stop the damage because he found a way to tailor a new existence from the tattered remnants of the old. When you live a life without limits and you fill that life with people who do the same, you’re bound to find the means to pattern an ending that you can live—or die—with. Stefano discovers that there are times when living and the mere threat of dying can feel like the same thing.
And so it ends for fans of the series.
For Silvio, for Donata, for Stefano, however, it simply begins at the end as something new, and that will serve as little more than a torment for me because this new beginning is something I didn’t see coming. Sometimes a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and Aleksandr Voinov was the master of my education, from start to finish. He led me by the senses and tweaked at my emotional boundaries; then, when he got me to a point of clarity, he brought down the curtain.
And I can do nothing but applaud.
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