Originally Posted by biglyle
This was Tony's way of justifying this to himself. He needs to believe that Chris would have eventually caused the baby's death. This helps turn off his ever annoying conscience.
It wasn't "justifying"...the babyseat thing was a big part of what made him do it to begin with. When he punches 9-1 on his phone he notices the babyseat and that's when he flips the lid closed. I think that was more of why he killed him then anything (or at least a big reason). In fact, he focuses on it twice before he kills Chris.
Also, he didn't believe Chris was a rat. If he thought he was a rat, he'd have killed him before. Part of the reason he killed him was because he thought he might TURN into a rat, but he didn't believe he already was one.
Isn't it odd that after he killed Big Pussy (who WAS a rat) he went into a deep depression...yet he kills his own nephew, one who he felt of as his son, and one who he had at one point promised to "lead the family into the future", and he doesn't feel an ounce of sorrow and in fact gets mad when others do (and then actually goes and nails Chris's gomah to boot). Paulie actually felt more grief about losing Chrissy than Tony did, and that says a lot.
As for AJ, I think he's been getting a lot of facetime lately and he evidently has a role to play in the way this thing wraps up. Maybe he rebels against this violence by taking out his dad? Would be kindof ironic for tony to have his mom, uncle, and then son all try to take him out.
Or maybe Tony's dream where he confesses to Melfi is a premonition (like the Big Pussy dreams). Maybe he's "hinted" enough about the murders that she rats him out in the end.
off topic - I watched "Copland" yesterday and it was like a Soprano's episode. Carmella, Phil, Carlo, the hardware store guy, and I think even Paulie were in it. It was filmed in 97 I believe..was that prior to Soprano's actually starting?