Breaking Bad: 10 things you didn't know
Next week – for those who have been patient enough to wait – sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of the final part of Breaking Bad, AMC’s hit show that has taken the world by storm. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of years, you will be well aware of the show and its characters, but Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator, has a habit of hiding clues, references and hidden messages throughout the series.
Here are 10 things about Breaking Bad you may have missed:
SPOLIER ALERT: This article contains some plot spoilers, including some info about the Season 5 finale, so please do not read on if you haven't seen it yet! You have been warned...
1. Walt’s chosen name for his alter ego, Heisenberg, is taken from German physician Werner Heisenberg, a highly respected scientist who was one of the co-creators of the theory of quantum mechanics.
2. The episode titles in Season 2 spell out a clue to the events in the season finale. There are episodes named ‘Seven Thirty-Seven’, ‘Down’, ‘Over’ and ‘ABQ’ which refer to the plane crash in the final episode, an accident caused by the father of Jesse’s girlfriend Jane, who is an air traffic controller.
3. The show was originally set in Riverside, California, but was moved to Albuquerque because the state offers a significant tax rebate on productions for film and TV.
4. The numbers on the lottery ticket Walt uses do not actually represent the coordinates of his money stash, they in fact represent the location of Q Studios in Albuquerque, where much of the show was produced.
5. The chemical process used by Walt and Jesse to cook methamphetamine is intentionally incorrect, as the producers didn’t want people copying the formula and making their own drugs. The real chemical formula for methamphetamine can be found in the opening title credits.
6. The scene featuring Walt throwing a pizza onto the roof was done in one take and was a complete fluke.
7. Walt takes on some of the characteristics of people he has killed. Examples include cutting the crusts off his sandwiches (Crazy 8), drinking whiskey ‘on the rocks’ (Mike) and driving a Volvo (Gus Fring).
8. The colour of Walt’s clothes are significant, representing his level of control over his life – they become lighter in his moments of weakness, but darker in his moments of dominance or authority.
9. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Dean Norris all featured in episodes of The X-Files, also produced by Vince Gilligan.
10. The name of the Season 5 finale episode, Felina, is a reference to the song that plays during the closing credits. The song is ‘El Paso’ by Marty Robbins, in which the protagonist falls for a girl named Felina before being killed by outlaws. It is widely understood that the song’s final verse is written from the point of view of of this protagonist after he has been killed, giving rise to the theory that Walt is already dead in the final part of the episode, and that it is in fact an imagined ‘dream sequence’.