Breaking Bad, one of the highest-rated television shows of all time, left an indelible mark in the minds of all its fans. God knows we all cried like babies when it ended on 29th September this year. Here is a list of fascinating and not-so-well-known facts about everyone’s favourite show!
1) Walter White’s ‘tighty-whities’ sold for nearly $10,000!
In the pilot episode of Breaking Bad, Walter White spends a good chunk of screen time in his tight white briefs. This pair of underwear was displayed at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City in a Breaking Bad exhibit for around a month after the show ended. After this, it was bought by a fan through an auction for $9900.
Fun fact (does this fact within a fact mean factception?): Bryan Cranston, the actor who portrayed Walt, purposely chose this type of underwear because he wanted Walt to “wear the most pathetic thing possible”.
2) Tio Salamanca was originally supposed to be the main villain of the show.
Hector “Tio” Salamanca, Tuco Salamanca’s wheelchair-ridden baddie of an uncle, was originally going to be the prime antagonist of Breaking Bad from the third season onwards. However, when the writers saw the chemistry between the characters of Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) and Bryan Cranston (Walter White), they decided on Gus’ character instead.
3) There is a hidden parallel between Gus and Walt’s stories of vengeance.
They both have dear ones killed ruthlessly in front of their own eyes. After this they bide their time and ultimately get revenge. In Gus’ case, the dear one is his partner Max, and the murder Don Eladio. In Walt’s, the dear one is his brother-in-law Hank, and the murderer is Jack Welker.
The uncannything about this parallel is this:thetwo exact moments where Gus and Walt are pushed down their respective paths to vengeance, were filmed identically. The similarity between the two shots can be seen in the picture above.
4) The pizza landed on the roof in a single take.
In season 3 episode 2, there was an iconic scene where Walt is walking away from the door of his house, and in frustration he throws the pepperoni pizza in his hands into the air and it lands cleanly on the roof. Believe it or not, this scene was shot in one take!
5) Breaking Bad took help from The Walking Dead’s make-up artists for Gus Fring’s death scene.
One of the most famous scenes in Breaking Bad is in the fourth season finale (aptly named Face Off), where Gus Fring steps out of the room after the explosion with half his face mutilated. The make-up used to create this effect was similar to that used for the walkers/zombies on The Walking Dead. Since The Walking Dead is an AMC show as well, their make-up artists had no qualms in lending a helping hand.
6) After the show was picked up by AMC, a quota was set for number of F-words used.
The first season was filmed before the show got picked up by the channel AMC, and therefore contains liberal use of the F-word. However, once it tied up with AMC, the creator (Vince Gilligan) set a limit of one F-bomb per season for each character.
7) There are many deliberate scientific inaccuracies on the show.
If one closely followed the chemical process shown on Breaking Bad, they wouldn’t actually end up with methamphetamine. Also, in real life, meth could never actually be blue.
However, this has all been done on purpose. The real-life DEA advised the writers of Breaking Bad on what misrepresentations to make so that no viewer could use the show as a guide to make actual meth. And the blue meth is a fictional liberty taken in order to create a signature Heisenberg product, of course.
8) Walt’s pants from the pilot episode reappear in the fifth season.
Every Breaking Bad fan remembers that in the opening scene of season 1 episode 1, Walt’s pants are shown flying into the air and landing in the desert. Unnoticed by most viewers, they made a reappearance in Ozymandias (season 5, episode 14) when Walt is rolling his barrel of money through the desert.
9) The smear of blood Walt left before dying was shaped like a ‘W’.
In the series finale, Felina, Walt gets shot in the stomach, and places his hand on a steel tank after touching his wound. The part where his hand slips off the tank and leaves a smear of bloodon it as he fallswas shot multiple times. The creator of the show then purposely chose the take where the smear of blood was left in the shape of a ‘W’.
10)The total number of episodes in the show has scientific relevance.
There are 62 episodes of Breaking Bad in total. The 62nd element of the periodic table is samarium. Isotopes of samarium are used to treat lung cancer.
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