As much as everyone wanted Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad to remain on TV forever, every good thing must come to an end. Yet, despite being over for three years now, Breaking Bad is still far from forgotten. Countless movies, shows and video games continue to reference Breaking Bad in clever and humorous ways. A show like this one sticks with you; between the intriguing character development, the dark twisting story line and ingenious directing, it’s no surprise that this show has managed to linger around in the back of our minds for so long.
Considering how many hardcore fans this show has spawned over the years, we’re going to assume many, if not everyone, who watched Breaking Bad has rewatched the seasons at least once. During which have you ever spotted any hidden Easter eggs? If not don’t worry, we know of a few intriguing Easter eggs hidden throughout the episodes and thought we would share them with you. If you haven’t rewatched the series already you definitely will after reading this list; here are 10 hidden Easter eggs you missed in Breaking Bad.
10. The Return of Walter’s Pants
Walter White may be one of the only characters who can walk around in his tighty-whities without hindering his powerful demeanor. If you don’t remember, Walter and Jesse drive out into the middle of the desert during the first episode so they could cook their infamous meth far away from the sight authorities. During which Walter decides to ditch his pants and cook in his underwear; most likely on account of the heat. Years later in season five, episode 14 titled “Ozymandias,” Walter is seen rolling a barrel full of money across the desert floor. What you may have missed during this scene is hidden in plain sight, rolling across the foreground are the exact same pair of beige khakis Walter tossed away all those years ago.
9. Birthday Entrances
Over the five year run of Breaking Bad, we saw three of Walter’s Birthdays, 50, 51 and lastly 52. Each episode including one of Walter’s name days had a shot of Walter walking through his front door. Considering the gap between each of these episodes, it’s pretty difficult to make the connection here. Now obviously there’s a distinct difference in the lighting and how Walter is depicted in each shot, but if we take a look back at this conversation between Jesse and Jane the reference hidden in the dialog is now easily recognized:
Jesse: “You know. I don’t get it. Why would anyone paint a picture of a door, over and over again, like, dozens of times?”
Jane: “But it wasn’t the same.”
Jesse: “Yeah, it was.”
Jane: “It was the same subject, but it was different every time. The light was different, her mood was different. She saw something new every time she painted it.”
8. Mr. Pink and Mr. White Reference
If you don’t know who Mr. Pink and Mr. White are you should probably check out Reservoir Dogs. This Tarantino film follows the intense consequences of a heist gone wrong. Each of the characters in this film are named after different colors, hence Mr. Pink and/or Mr. White. Speaking of said characters, there’s a shot near the end of the Breaking Bad series that was clearly inspired by this 1992 classic. The shot we’re talking about is when Jesse Pinkman holds Walter White to the ground with a pistol. This exact shot takes place between Mr. Pink and Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs, only the roles are reversed. This famous shot can also be seen on the cover art of the movie; obviously the Breaking Bad directors are Tarantino fans.
7. Oranges = Death
Bowls of oranges, fallen oranges, rolling oranges. What significance do these oranges have in Breaking Bad? Well, for starters they don’t only show up in Breaking Bad, The Godfather also seems to have a fondness for oranges. If you take this similarity into consideration, you’ll notice these sneaky fruits always decide to show up when someone dies or when bad news is passed on. For instance, Walter’s neighbor Carol drops her bag of groceries when she sees a disheveled looking Walter return to his abandoned home – oranges can be seen rolling from her grocery bag. In The Godfather, Vito Corleone drops a bag of oranges after being shot. If that’s not enough, in Breaking Bad season four, episode 11, a couple of oranges fall out of a bowl after Ted Beneke crashes head first into the counter, leaving him in a coma. The most memorable orange scene in The Godfather has to be when Vito makes an orange peel smile before he dies. If you’re still not convinced there are many other scenes involving these grim reaper like fruits, just look for yourself.
6. Flashback Murders
Breaking Bad makes many references to earlier episodes throughout its five seasons, but one of the most impactful callbacks has to be the similarity between two murders initiated by both Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. In season one, Jesse brings a character named Krazy 8 into the business. He ends up being strangled by Walter White, hitman style. Much later in season five, Walter brings a character named Todd into the business – he too ends up being strangled from behind, only this time it’s Jesse who plays the role of the hitman. This contrast between these two main characters is cleverly played out and is definitely not a coincidence.
5. 62 Samarium
Although some fans may know little about how many episodes Breaking Bad has produced over its five-year run, most people have no clue. Breaking Bad has a total of 62 episodes; now at first, this may not seem to hold any special significance, but consider this. The periodic table (which plays a big role in Breaking Bad) has a total of 118 elements; if we look for number 62, we find the chemical element Samarium. What’s Samarium, you ask? Well, it just happens to be used as major component of the drug samarium (153Sm) lexidronam (Quadramet), which kills cancer cells in the treatment of lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and osteosarcoma.
4. Tuco’s Grill
Who could forget everybody’s favorite psychopathic Mexican drug kingpin Tuco Salamanca? He played the role of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s main meth distributor; at least in the first two seasons that is. Tuco’s death takes place during season two after Walter saves Jesse from what would have been a violent death. Shortly after, Walt and Jesse manage to escape the maniac drug dealer, Walter’s brother-in-law Hank Schrader shows up and shoots Tuco in the head. Later on, Hanks DEA buddies reward him with a glass cube holding Tuco’s grill inside as sort of keepsake for his bravery. When Hank shows it off to Walter, the camera angle makes the grill look like it fits in Walter’s mouth. This is clearly meant to foreshadow what’s to come regarding Walt’s character arc.
3. Jane’s Death
Speaking of foreshadowing, let’s talk about Jesse’s girlfriend from season two, Jane Margolis. She was Jesse’s landlord/girlfriend and loved doing drugs just a little too much, as it led to her untimely death. The interesting thing about this characters death is all the clever hints the creators left behind in the dialog, which predicts her demise. For example, there’s a scene where Jane wakes up, to which Jesse reacts by saying “You weren’t supposed to wake up.” Jane replies, “Ever or…?” Another two examples can be found in Jane’s dialog when she says: “That was so sweet, I think I threw up in my mouth a bit.” And “Not on your back, in case you throw up.” Once you know how she dies, these references are easily spotted.
2. The Infamous Pink Teddy Bear
This pink teddy bear is latterly everywhere in Breaking Bad. It first starts popping up in season two, during the dramatic yet vague opening shots. At first these shots don’t seem to hold any significance other than being artsy, however if you piece together the episode titles in which this pink bear appears in you’ll end up with: “Seven Thirty-Seven,” “Down,” “Over,” and “ABQ,” which is clearly referring to the 737 aircraft that exploded over Albuquerque – but this is just the beginning. Much like the oranges we mentioned earlier, this pick plush doll stalks many characters on the show. It can be seen in the shop Walt walks into naked, in the painting in Jane’s bedroom, far in the distance near the top of a tree outside Jesse’s car, among a few other locations. Yet it doesn’t stop there; if you take into account the condition of this bear’s face you’ll notice that one of the eyes are missing and that half of its face has been burnt off … sound familiar? Well, it should considering the show’s main antagonist Gus Fring shares an eerie likeness to the bears mutilated face just moments before his death. And let’s not forget about Jesse, who doesn’t lose an eye, but also shares a striking resemblance to said bear near the end of season five.
1. Killer Idiosyncrasies
Walter White will definitely go down in history as one of the greatest antiheroes in television history. The way we watch his character slowly transform into the cynical, murdering genius we all know him to be is masterfully executed by both Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston. It’s not easy to create a main character that is both good and evil, yet still manages to pull the fans over to his or her side. We could go on all day about the different reasons that make Walter White such an amazing character, but this is an article about hidden Easter eggs so let’s talk about the creepy little facts you may have missed about Walt. Have you ever noticed his morbid tendency to take on certain idiosyncrasies of those he’s killed? Yes, believe it or not, Walter takes on many different idiosyncrasies from his victims throughout the seasons. Don’t believe us, lets name a few: Krazy-8 who always cut the crust off his sandwiches – Walter kills him and goes crust free. Remember Mike? He drinks his whisky with ice. Walt never use to, until he kills him and becomes an on-the-rocks guy. Then, there’s Gus, as we all know he drives a Volvo. What do you think Walter White chooses to drive in the opener of season five? If you guessed a Volvo, you’d be right.
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