Gandolfini: best TV actor ever?

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Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert chatted with readers Thursday on Here are excerpts.

Q. Was James Gandolfini the best TV actor ever?

A. He’s up there, but maybe not THE best. On the Mount Rushmore, for sure. With Edie Falco [“Nurse Jackie”] next to him. And Jon Hamm [“Mad Men”]. And Bryan Cranston [“Breaking Bad”].

Q. Gandolfini’s death feels surreal to me.

A. Yes, it always feels surreal when someone you didn’t know — but feel you knew — dies. You feel sad, and yet . . . ultimately, it’s for a stranger. Our time with Tony Soprano ended years ago.

Q. I can’t wait for the new season of “Dexter,” but I think I’ll be glad when it’s finally over.

A. They shoot horses, don’t they.

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