Breaking Bad Facts
SPOILER 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...
Unless you've been living under a rock the last couple of years, you will be well aware of the show, its characters and be an expert in Breaking Bad trivia. But Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator, has a habit of hiding clues, references and hidden messages within each episode.
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Here are 10 Breaking Bad facts you may have missed:
1. Werner Heisenberg
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. Clues in Episode Titles
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 Set
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 Lottery Ticket
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. A Recipe for Disaster
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. "I Only Need One Take..."
The scene featuring Walt throwing a pizza onto the roof was done in one take and was a complete fluke.
7. Spot the Traits
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. Clothing Colours
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. The X-Files
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Dean Norris all featured in episodes of The X-Files, also produced by Vince Gilligan.
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 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’.
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Breaking Bad Trivia: 5 great Breaking Bad quotes
Bob Odenkirk, as Saul Goodman the Lawyer -‘If you're committed enough, you can make any story work. I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner, and it worked because I believed it'
Vince Gilligan, Executive Producer of Breaking Bad. When pitching the story of a chemistry teacher turned homicidal drug dealer, he said: ‘You take Mr. Chips and turn him into Scarface.'
Walter White to Skyler White - ‘'I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!'
Skyler White to Walter White - 'Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family.'
Walter White on being afraid - "I have spent my whole life scared, frightened of things that could happen, might happen, might not happen, 50-years I spent like that. Finding myself awake at three in the morning. But you know what? Ever since my diagnosis, I sleep just fine. What I came to realise is that fear, that’s the worst of it. That’s the real enemy. So, get up, get out in the real world and you kick that b*****d as hard you can right in the teeth."
Actors: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt
Format: Subtitled, PAL
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 21
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 25 Nov. 2013
Run Time: 2949 minutes
We follow the life of Chemistry teacher Walter White, who is given two years to live after being diagnosed with cancer. He decides he’s got nothing to lose and sets out to secure his family’s future whilst he still can…