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40 Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of The Sopranos

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Livia’s last appearance on the show was after the actress’s death

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Throughout the entirety of the show, Nancy Marchand was sick. But, she was phenomenal and loved being able to work. She loved it so much that she convinced Chase not to kill her off on the first season so that she could keep working! But, unfortunately, she lost her real-life battle with cancer after season two. Terence Winter convinced Chase to write a farewell episode for her (something he admitted was difficult) and through CGI magic, they were able to give Livia a proper send-off. They superimposed Marchand’s head on another actress’s body, repurposing lines from the previous seasons to put together a final conversation between Livia and Tony. The early ’00s CGI may not be the greatest, but the episode was a perfect goodbye to the Soprano matriarch.

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