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Trying to ID the actress who voiced the role of Tony's "wife" during his coma-induced hallucination on The Sopranos is so yesterday. The new mystery confounding fans concerns that mystical Ojibwe proverb that suddenly appeared on his hospital-room wall. Who put it there? "Stay tuned," teases executive producer Terence Winter, adding that the saying "will be referred to again."
The quote was hand-picked by series creator David Chase, who discovered it two years ago while reading Peter Matthiessen's award-winning spiritual journey The Snow Leopard. But it wasn't until months later — when late Sopranos director John Patterson fell ill with cancer — that it really started to resonate with Chase. "David was visiting John at his home and somebody had posted a little card on the wall that had this quote on it," Winter explains. "It was a pretty incredible coincidence… and David just decided to incorporate it into the show."