13 Great Pieces of Breaking Bad Trivia (No Series Finale Spoilers)

This is it. The last episode of the groundbreaking series Breaking Bad is being released this week and we couldn’t be more excited and anxious. To mark this occasion, we’ve culled together some interesting behind-the-scenes facts about the show.

These facts do not spoil anything from the final episodes of Breaking Bad. But for anyone who hasn’t seen up to Episode 8 of Season 5 (“Gliding Over All”): stay away!”

1. The title ‘Ozymandias’ from The Final Season comes from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley about the “inevitable fall of kings and empires”. A teaser was released earlier this year with Bryan Cranston reciting the poem in full.

2. The entire crew wore black armbands for Jonathan Banks’ (Mike) last day of shooting in Season Five.

3. The chemical formula shown in the opening title sequence, C10H15N (149.24 molecular weight), is the real formula for methamphetamine.

4. Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) was a German physicist who is best known for his uncertainty principle in quantum theory. Interesting parallel or pure coincidence?

5. A painting seen on Jane’s wall has a pink teddy bear falling in the sky, just like the one that falls into Walt’s pool.

6. The Heisenberg hat was largely absent for season 3. Bryan Cranston was quoted as saying he took note of this and brought the hat back specifically for the scene with Gus to show the power Walt holds.

7. The tenth episode of Season 3 (“The Fly”) features the fewest cast members of any episode produced. Only Jesse, Walt and a few laundry employees appear. That episode was directed by cult favourite Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper).

8. According to an interview with Bryan Cranston, throwing the pizza onto the roof was accomplished on the first take. The pizza was very heavy and very real — there’s a split second where Cranston actually does a double-take, surprised at the result.
Roof Pizza

9. When Ted hits his head in Episode 11 of Season 4, the oranges that roll off the counter are a reference to The Godfather. In that classic film, oranges presage a number of key deaths.

10. Los Pollos Hermanos won a “Best Burrito” contest for 2010 in Albuquerque, as seen in a poster in the restaurant. This is in honour of the real restaurant set they use, which is a locally renowned burrito joint called ‘Twisters’.
(image via Metro)

11. Marius Stan, who played Walt’s impressively-eyebrowed carwash boss Bogdan, is in real lifeĀ  a nuclear physicist.

12. When characters on the show are shown smoking meth, the actors are actually smoking sugar or rock candy (but do not inhale).

13. The supposedly remote ‘desert’ sequences where the RV meth cooking sessions were covertly conducted, were simply filmed on the production facility backlot in New Mexico.

The Final Episode of Breaking Bad will be available from Tuesday 1 October. Pray for Walter White.

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