Did you catch these hidden things in Breaking Bad?
Few shows have been as obsessively combed over as Breaking Bad. Reaching the height of its cultural ubiquity during its final season in 2015, it sometimes feels like every frame of the show has been picked apart and dissected by superfans. Surprisingly, it seems that Breaking Bad is the rare show that can stand up to this kind of scrutiny, and fans are still discovering easter eggs, references, and complex foreshadowing over the course of the show’s 62 episodes.
With the upcoming sequel film El Camino on the horizon, we thought now would be a good time to take a look back at the series as a whole, and pick out some of the most interesting details you may have missed. From blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-jokes to thought provoking thematic mirroring, we’ve got you covered.
A prop that connects the very end of the show to the very beginning. The dramatic foreshadowing for one of TV’s greatest deaths. The costuming choice that told us more about Breaking Bad’s characters. A payoff to a breakfast question many seasons in the making. A background detail that set up a major character. The set decoration that alludes to the shows opening credits. The creepy set up to one of Walt’s worst deeds. The subtle references to a departed character. The idea that hatched Gus’ most devious move. A clever cameo by series creator Vince Gilligan.
Directed by Adam Bernstein. With Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris. Walt and Jesse's little empire begins to crumble. Saul tries to set them up with a mysterious distributor.
Directed by Phil Abraham. Walt's cancer has greatly improved. Time to celebrate. Meanwhile Jesse tries to meet his new girlfriend's father.
Directed by Michelle MacLaren. Walt and Jesse become stranded out in the middle of the desert after cooking more crystal.
Directed by Terry McDonough. Badger is caught by the DEA. Walt and Jesse hire the best criminal lawyer in town, Saul Goodman.
Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá. Rumor is spreading that Jesse killed the man that ripped Skinny Pete off. Walt uses this to his advantage on expanding their territory. Meanwhile, Hank has been promoted to the El Paso office. But it's not all he hoped it would be.
Directed by Tim Hunter. Walt and Jesse try to up their game by making more of the crystal every week for Tuco. Unfortunately, some of the ingredients they need are not easy to find. Meanwhile, Skyler realizes that her sister is a shoplifter.
Directed by Bronwen Hughes. With the side effects and cost of his treatment mounting, Walt demands that Jesse finds a wholesaler to buy their drugs - which lands him in trouble.
One of the best episodes of the series I think. Well set up and incredibly well executed.
Directed by Tricia Brock. Walt rejects everyone who tries to help him with the cancer. Jesse tries his best to create Walt's meth, with the help of an old friend.
Interesting to see the life Walt might have had.
Directed by Jim McKay. With Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris. Walt tells the rest of his family about his cancer. Jesse tries to make amends with his own parents.
Watched the first 3/4 ths of this last night.
Directed by Adam Bernstein. Walt and Jesse clean up after the bathtub incident before Walt decides what course of action to take with their prisoner Krazy-8.
Directed by Adam Bernstein. After their first drug deal goes terribly wrong, Walt and Jesse are forced to deal with a corpse and a prisoner. Meanwhile, Skyler grows suspicious of Walt's activities.
Directed by Vince Gilligan. Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman to cook and sell crystal meth.
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A cool looking reimagining of an email client.
I like the idea of being able to annotate my emails.
Directed by John Rich. With Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick. After reading a letter in the "Dear Libby" newspaper column, the kids are worried that one of their parents is unhappy with the new kids and is considering leaving the marriage.