The new and final season of Entourage is starting up next month, and I wanted to make a prediction about what will happen. Why?
Because if I’m right, I can use this post as evidence of my intellect and prescience. And, if I’m wrong, the graveyard rule applies, and no one will give a fuck.
So here we go: Vinny Chase’s career as an actor will be over.
And here’s why:
At the start of the series, it was a story about a hot shot young actor, and three friends who mooched off of him. E was Vinny’s manager, Turtle worked as his gopher, and Drama used Vinny’s stardom to reinvigorate his own career (and used his money to float him financially). The entire series has been a progression of the characters as they outgrow their need for Vinny. Turtle gets into the rap artist management biz, then goes to college for a business degree, then starts his sexy driver service, then gets into the tequila business; he hasn’t been successful, but he’s been working towards becoming his own man. Drama has a series of increasingly successful acting jobs, going from small rolls in Vinny’s movies, to a quickly canceled show, and finally to a green lit show he’s starring in that looks like it will last the rest of the series. And of course E, he’s picked up a couple extra clients, lost them, but is now working at firm where it’s clear his future does not even require keeping Vinny as a client.
The only character that has stagnated has been Vinny. He basically served as a plot device. The story is primarily about Eric. Vinny might be the movie star, but Eric is the protagonist. In addition to evolving a lot more than Vinny, just look at the plot. Everything that Vinny is involved in, Eric is also at the center of. But, there’s plenty of stuff that goes on in E’s life that doesn’t concern Vinny one bit.
Vinny is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Only in season 7 did he get a meaningful character development. For all the ups and downs of his career, he has been mainly a passenger. Eric is the one who sets things in motion and deals with the consequences.
So, the question is, in the end, what meaningful resolution could there be? Eric, Turtle and Drama will each find their way. Eric will likely become a partner of a management company, Drama will have his show renewed, and Turtle will …find something, probably not the tequila business; I’m thinking something new, or something that was only a small part of an earlier episode, like party promoting.
But Vinny? He’s still a young actor. Even if he gets back on his feet, that just puts him back where he’s been so many times before. That’s not very compelling. The only direction for his career to go is down. I don’t think it will be the drug thing. My best guess is that he dies, and at the end of the series, the characters mourn his death, but also realize that they no longer need him to live.
As soon as he is no longer needed, he dies. Consider it a metaphor for Hollywood.
Maybe not death, but definitely something that permanently ends his career. Perhaps prison. Either way, the end of the series will be the entourage realizing that their lives go on.