When it came to creating the most compelling moments in The Sopranos, creator David Chase reveled in the idea of shocking audiences and actors alike. A prime example is when Adriana reveals to Christopher that the FBI is blackmailing her but he remains loyal to the DiMeo crime family. Tony calls to tell her that Christopher tried to kill himself and that Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt) can drive her to the hospital. Unfortunately, this all turns out to be an elaborate ruse, and Adriana soon finds herself in the woods, desperately trying to escape from Silvio and his gun.
According to de Matteo, no one knew exactly how Adriana’s final moments would play out because Chase filmed two options. “We did one where I’m getting away where I don’t believe Tony on the phone,” the actress told Vanity Fair in 2012. “You see me in my car and I’m driving away and I’m crying. and my suitcase is next to me.”
Apparently, similar preparations have been made for another high-profile departure in the series. Another FBI informant on the show is Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero (Vincent Pastore). For two seasons, Tony questions whether or not one of his best friends is secretly leaking information about their criminal enterprise. Meanwhile, Pastore and Henry Bronchtein, the director of Season 1 Episode 11 (“Nobody Knows Anything”), were also kept in the dark.
On the Talking Sopranos podcast, Bronchtein said Chase refused to reveal the truth about the character’s true loyalties during production. Still, that lack of knowledge worked in Bronchtein’s favor, allowing him to direct from the same suspicious perspective as Tony. “He [Pastore] I just played it straight, so Tony could never see anything in it for sure,” Bronchtein said. “And it just worked incredibly well…”