This is a character Analysis of Tony Stonem.
Tony Stonem when we first met him is a guy who seemingly has complete power over his friends. He is a character that exudes confidence and has an answer for everything. He enjoys being the driver of drama and being an active body in this world to make life more interesting when it becomes dull and predictable. He is a character that exudes organization, confidence, and control. However when we meet Tony we begin to see that he is starting to lose control of himself.
The first shot we see of him he is doing things on purpose to make his father go crazy. He does this with an amused smile on his face. You can also see that he has a morning ritual and he is quite methodical in how his room is organized. His t-shirts are all lined up and folded perfectly. His bed is never a mess. He is clean and organized. The reason why I find this fascinating is because many serial killers and sociopaths are the same way. They like control and they like things done a certain way. I am not saying that Tony is a sociopath or a serial killer. I am just saying that this is a key into the psychology of Tony. He is someone who NEEDS control (similar to his sister in a way.)
From there we see Tony do things that were crazy, messed up, and played with people’s minds. We also see that for the most part everyone is starting to get fed up with Tony’s antics. He starts to lose people and when he starts losing people we see that Tony has lost even himself. Sid who is someone who has always looked up to him is starting to question him and distance himself away from Tony. The thing about leaders is that they NEED followers. Sid was the ultimate follower for Tony and he was losing him. This when we realize that even though power is dramatically on Tony’s side…Tony is the one who needs Sid more than Sid needs Tony. The best conversation to really understand the mind of Tony Stonem is the one he has with Sid outside Effy’s hospital room. He tells Sid that he loved the attention and the thrill of doing the unexpected. He was chasing those feelings, because it was expected of him. That somehow over time he has become a caricature of his real self. That he wants to stop, but he doesn’t know how.
After this conversation he puts all his Tony brains and energy into getting Michelle back. Only right when he was about to open himself up and give a little bit of his control away he is hit by a bus. Second series is all about Tony dealing with the consequences of this accident. The brain injury changed his personality and the way the group looks at him. The man who was the picture of control was now the one who relying on others. The entire series focuses on Tony trying to capture his passion, his fight, and his control that he once had. He handles his situation in a brave and confident manner. Eventually he does start to put his life back together towards the end. He even admits to Sid in words and in action that he was important to him. Sends him off to find his girl in New York City and works things out with Michelle as well.
Tony’s journey can be summed up as the guy with too much control he loses himself and everyone he loves. Then as he starts to get his act together tragedy hits and he is left starting from scratch.
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