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'Breaking Bad' facts: 10 things you might not have known

by Richard Hall Published: August 8, 2013

The final season of “Breaking Bad” begins Sunday, and as bummed as I am to see it end, I’m excited to see how it ends. Our own George Lang got to watch the upcoming season premiere a bit early (those pesky journalists) and had some good things to say about it.

Will Walt die? What about Skyler, or Walt Jr.? Nooooooo! Please don’t kill Jesse!

To get pumped up for the premiere, here are 10 things you might not have known about “Breaking Bad.”

Fair warning: There might be spoilers ahead if you’re not completely caught up with the series.


10. is a real Web site

Everyone remembers the first season of “Breaking Bad” and the awesome Geocities/Angelfire mashup of a trainwreck Web site Walt Jr. made for his cancer-stricken father. Jr.’s plan was simple: Ask people to donate some moola to help pay for Walt Sr.’s medical bills.

Funny thing is, you can actually visit and donate money. Only, in real life, that money goes to the National Cancer Coalition.


9. Aaron Paul was a contestant on “The Price is Right”

The video explains everything.


8. Actor R.J. Mitte (Walt Jr.) actually has Cerebral Palsy

R.J. Mitte plays Walt Jr., Walter White’s son who has Cerebral Palsy. It’s so severe, he has speech issues and requires crutches to walk.

Mitte actually has a mild form of Cerebral Palsy, and had to learn to talk with a speech impediment and walk with the crutches you see on the show.


7. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have “Breaking Bad” tattoos

After the series wrapped up filming, BFFs Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston (and about 30 crew members) got “Breaking Bad”-themed tattoos. Cranston’s is seen in the picture above.


6. Heisenberg’s blue meth is seen in another popular AMC show

Heisenberg’s infamous blue meth can be seen in another popular AMC show: “The Walking Dead.” Though it’s only appeared in one episode (that I can recall), fans of “Breaking Bad” noticed it instantly. It’s seen in season one when we first meet the Dixon brothers. They keep a bag of drugs on hand, and in that bag is some of Walt’s blue meth.


5. Jesse wasn’t supposed to live long

It’s sad, but true: Jesse Pinkman wasn’t supposed to survive the first season. Vince Gilligan, creator, writer, director and producer of “Breaking Bad,” admitted to this in the Blu-ray and DVD commentary of season one. What saved Jesse from certain doom? Paul’s acting, that’s what. Gilligan and crew were so impressed they decided to keep him on. And thank goodness for that.


4. HBO, Showtime, TNT and FX are run by dummies

For all the awesome shows HBO, Showtime, TNT and FX have, a lot of them don’t hold a candle to AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”

And to think, all those networks passed on the chance to develop the series. FX actually began working on the pilot, but dropped the show in favor of a Courtney Cox program called “Dirt,” which is aptly named.


3. Cranston was the network’s third choice for Walter White

Look at the two men above. Now, picture them wearing a pork pie hat and menacingly exclaiming: “I am the one who knocks.”

Can’t do it, can you? But can you believe AMC wanted John Cusack to play Walter White? And when he turned it down, they went to Matthew Broderick? And, when he turned it down, they finally offered it to Cranston?

AMC didn’t think Cranston would have been a good choice due to his previous comedic television roles, like that in “Malcom in the Middle.” Shows you what they know.


2. Colors have significance

The “Breaking Bad” fans are something else, including observant. There are a good number of sites out there devoted to the critical analysis of the use of colors in the “Breaking Bad” universe, but this rundown by Erin Enberg is one of the best.


1. Fans have too much time on their hands

Remember that scene from the fifth season where we see Skyler and Walter go to a storage unit, where Skyler reveals a large pile of money? It’s pretty awesome for a couple of reasons: One, is it shows the fruits of Walt’s labor. Second, and more importantly, it helps us realize why Walt doesn’t want to stop being Heisenberg (gotta make that money!)

A lot of us watched the episode, thought, “Dang, that’s a lot of cash,” and went about our business.

But some fans decided to do their best at making calculated and educated guesses at just how much cash was in the pile.

Some explanations assume the total is about $50 million. Some think it’s double that.

Even if they are wrong, they deserve an A for effort.

by Richard Hall
Newsroom Developer
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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