Jesse Pinkman was originally slated to be written out by the 9th episode. During the hiatus caused by the writers' strike, creator Vince Gilligan, impressed by Aaron Paul's portrayal of Jesse, decided to reinstate the character.

After binge-watching the entire show in a span of two weeks, Anthony Hopkins wrote a glowing fan letter to Bryan Cranston, praising him and his fellow actors for their incredible acting, as well as lauding the rest of the crew, comparing the series to a "great Shakespearian or Greek tragedy".

RJ Mitte has cerebral palsy in real life. His case is much milder than Walt Junior's. He had to learn to walk with crutches and slow down his speech to play the part.

It was Vince Gilligan's decision to finish the show in season 5. He didn't want to make the mistake many successful shows make by running too long until the quality decreases.

Many fans were surprised that such a successful show had stars who weren't very famous. Vince Gilligan said that this was by choice, and as the show went on he actually rejected big-name stars in favor of lesser-known actors.

When characters on the show are smoking meth, they are actually smoking sugar or rock candy without inhaling. The candy meth is produced by The Candy Lady, a local business in Albuquerque.

Vince Gilligan personally selected Baby Blue by Badfinger as the song to be played during the series' final scene, despite numerous objections from his music team. The song was purchased from iTunes over 5,000 times the night of the finale's initial broadcast and re-entered the Billboard charts, more than 40 years after it was first released.

The Whites' address, 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, is a private residence. The residents have had to deal with fans recreating Walter's famous pizza throw onto the roof of their house, and have conducted media interviews asking to be left alone.

Walter was originally written to be 40 years old. AMC felt that 40 was too young for Walter to have a mid-life crisis and requested his age change to 50.

Gus Fring was originally supposed to appear in only three or four episodes. Giancarlo Esposito was asked to return for seven episodes in season three. Esposito refused to return unless he could appear in more episodes. He ended up appearing in 11 episodes in the third season.

When one of Tuco's two cousins was cast, he was asked if he knew of anyone who looked similar, with a strong physique and the same intensity. He recommended his brother, who got the role immediately.

One of the main story elements is that Walt is a chemistry genius. Marius Stan, who plays Bogdan, has a PhD in Chemistry, and still works in the field. This show was his first foray into acting.

In an interview, Vince Gilligan admitted that the writers' strike that shortened season 1 ended up benefiting the show. He'd planned for Walt's evil side to emerge in a shocking season finale. The strike led him to write the evolution much more gradually.

Bryan Cranston has a Breaking Bad tattoo on his ring finger.

While pitching the show to Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan told him he wanted to start off with a nerdy Mr. Chips type character and transform him into Scarface.

As the show progressed, Vince Gilligan noticed he had to stop criticizing Walt about how evil he was becoming in front of Bryan Cranston, because he was hurting the actor's feelings.

Breaking Bad (2008) was originally set in Riverside, California. It was moved to Albuquerque to take advantage of a tax rebate on production.

Sony and AMC were initially reluctant to cast Bryan Cranston because of his previous comedic roles. They approached John Cusack and Matthew Broderick for the role of Walter White. When they both declined, Vince Gilligan was able to cast Cranston. However, the rumor of John Cusack being offered the role of Walter has been debunked by Cusack himself in a 2020 Guardian interview, when he claimed no such offer ever came through his agents, and even asked Gilligan himself who denied making a formal offer for the role.

Samuel L. Jackson showed up unannounced during filming on the Pollos Hermanos set one day, dressed in his Nick Fury outfit from The Avengers (2012). Both productions were happening on the same studio lot, and Jackson wanted to be an extra during the scene being filmed. The producers denied his request to appear as Nick Fury on the show.

Bryan Cranston stated in an interview that the term "breaking bad" is a southern colloquialism, referring to someone who has taken a turn off the path of the straight and narrow. The lapse could last for a day or a lifetime.

In 2005, after Showtime, TNT, and HBO rejected the initial pitch for the series, FX stepped in and immediately began development on the pilot. They eventually passed on the project in favor of the Courteney Cox show Dirt (2007), in a bid to draw more female viewers. According to Vince Gilligan, HBO showed no interest even on the pitch. TNT loved the idea, but said that they couldn't air a show with a crystal meth dealer as the central character.

The location shoot of the series in New Mexico pumped roughly $1M per episode into the local economy.

The pseudonym for Saul Goodman is derived from "it's all good, man."

Before the series premiere, AMC was flooded with letters by concerned viewers who were afraid the show would glamorize the world of meth. When the show began to air, those letters ceased.

In the beginning of each episode, the chemical formula C10H15N along with the number 149.24 and the word "Meth" can be seen just before the title Breaking Bad (2008) appears. C10H15N is the formula for methamphetamine, which has the molecular weight of 149.24.

During the fight scene between Jesse and Tuco, Aaron Paul ended up getting knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion.

Walter White's alias, Heisenberg, is a tribute to Werner Heisenberg, who formulated the uncertainty principle, which states that it is impossible to accurately determine both the position and the direction and speed of a particle at the same instant.

Series Trademark: virtually every episode contains a point-of-view shot from inside a confined space. Frequently used is a shot from inside a car trunk (as made famous by Quentin Tarantino); most others come from inside refrigerators, swimming pools, crates, boxes, lab equipment, kitchen utensils, microwaves, washing machines, duffel bags, hidden spaces below floors and behind walls, safes, vending machines, and from below glass tables.

During an August 2013 interview with Terry Gross on "Fresh Air," Bob Odenkirk said that when he first heard a description of Saul Goodman, he told Vince Gilligan that he wasn't Jewish and might not be right for the part. Gilligan told him that Goodman was the fake name that Saul adopted precisely BECAUSE he wanted his clients to think he was Jewish because it would make them think he was smart and wealthy and therefore seek to hire him. Odenkirk also told Gross that Goodman's odd hairstyle, a thinning comb-over-mullet combination, was his idea.

Revealed by Bryan Cranston in DVD commentary, the show required a parking lot for vehicles holding actors and props. The idea to use a church parking lot was acted upon but once the church realized what Breaking Bad involved, meth, murder, adultery, the crew was immediately told to leave. The show used the parking lots of over 5 churches throughout the series.

Vince Gilligan had already cast Bryan Cranston against his usual type in The X-Files (1993) episode The X-Files: Drive (1998). Cranston played a white supremacist with an infection that makes his head explode if his car's speed dips below 50 miles per hour. Gilligan has said their collaboration convinced him that Cranston was the only actor who could portray Walter White.

A plot line was written for the third season in which Walt visits a South American drug lord in prison to convince him to help him put Gus Fring out of business. It was discarded because the writers couldn't figure out how Walt would be able to connect with the drug lord.

Betsy Brandt was pregnant during season two. Whenever she reached the point in the pregnancy that Skyler was supposed to be, the producers would do pick-up shots with her as the fake bare belly on Anna Gunn.

Raymond Cruz's Tuco Salamanca would have been retained for the entire run of season 2 if Cruz hadn't landed a major role on the TV series The Closer (2005).

Hank Schrader's family name is also related to chemistry. German scholar Gerhard Schrader accidentally discovered the first nerve gas.

Gus Fring was originally written as a character named Kesyer Söze (a reference to The Usual Suspects (1995)). Söze was supposed to appear late in the first season but a writers' strike shortened the season. Giancarlo Esposito, who played Gus, appeared in The Usual Suspects.

Two series casting directors, Shari Rhodes and Gwyn Savage, died within 32 days of each other during production. Memorial tributes were screened during the respective post credit episode sequences.

The remote desert sequences where the RV meth cooking sessions take place were covertly filmed on the production facility backlot in New Mexico.

In the original pilot script, Jesse Pinkman was named Marion Alan Dupree, and was always referred to by his last name.

According to Giancarlo Esposito, he based his performance as Gus Fring on Edward James Olmos's performance as Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice (1984). He noticed that Olmos was very quiet and still but suggested an inner turmoil. Esposito guest starred on that series three times.

Breaking Bad: ...And the Bag's in the River (2008) and Breaking Bad: Gray Matter (2008), are the only two episodes to feature a different intro, with the two period table boxes apart rather than touching. The HD Netflix versions of the episodes have been changed to include the normal intro.

Mark Margolis, who played Hector "Tio" Salamanca, claimed in an interview with one Bridget Machete that his character's mannerisms were influenced by his mother in law, who was in a similar condition living in a nursing home. She would make the facial expressions as a sign of excitement when she had visitors. Mark also claimed he did not watch season 5 of Breaking Bad when asked his opinion of it, stating the reason being because he was not in it so there was no reason to watch it.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vince Gilligan stated he was inspired by the Christmas classic "Frosty The Snowman" in creating the Heisenberg persona for Walter White. Just as Frosty "came alive" when his hat was worn, Heisenberg didn't "come alive" until the hat went on Walter White's head.

The first show since Law & Order (1990) in 1997 to win the Emmy for Best Drama Series without being nominated for the award in its debut season.

The owners of the house that stood in for the White residence wound up having to put an iron fence and security cameras around the property, due to constant trespassing by fans. Recently, the property underwent significant cosmetic changes on the exterior as a way to deter fans from finding it.

The name of the Whites' baby girl, Holly, is another in Vince Gilligan's many career-long references to his longtime girlfriend, Holly Rice that have been included in his scripts. There were also references to Rice in nearly all of Gilligan's episodes of The X-Files (1993).

The popularity of the TV series spawned a cottage industry for a variety of Albuquerque (NM) citizens, including everything from cosmetics, spa, bathroom and 'blue rock' candy products to a tour of both the good and bad locations used in the series.

Mike has the same server, Bonnie, regardless of which restaurant he's in.

When Walter throws the Pizza and it lands on the roof, that was a complete fluke and they liked it so much that they kept it in, indeed it became an establishing shot gibbing down from the rooftop pizza.

Although the main character commits many serious crimes, including money laundering, murder, and manufacturing and distributing an illegal and very dangerous drug, a great deal of fan hatred focused on Skyler. Fans have created many Facebook and other Web pages dedicated to Skyler's perceived flaws. Anna Gunn wrote an August 24, 2013, New York Times op-ed titled "I Have a Character Issue" about the phenomenon of TV viewers hating strong female characters such as Skyler, Carmela Soprano of The Sopranos (1999), and Betty Draper of Mad Men (2007), despite the fact that they are wives of male characters who engage in much less sympathetic and often outright criminal behavior.

In season 1, Anna Gunn asked Vince Gilligan about Skyler's occupation while she wasn't with Walt. Gilligan said that she was taking it easy because she was heavily pregnant. Gunn arguing that pregnant women could still do things, asked him to write her something to do. The subplot was never included due to the writers' strike.

Kris Kristofferson was considered to play Skyler and Marie's father in one scene. It was discarded because the writers felt it strayed too far from the main story.

In season 1, the real name of the actor who played Krazy 8 was Max Arciniega. Gustavo Fring's close associate and co-founder of the Los Pollos Hermanos franchises, as shown in Breaking Bad: Hermanos (2011), had the same name.

The original screenplay for Breaking Bad (2008)'s pilot episode describes the RV driving through a cow pasture, not a Indian reservation as on the show. This is because the series was originally going to take place in California, not New Mexico.

A Colombian remake of Breaking Bad (2008) was made called Metástasis (2014), consisting of only two seasons.

Giancarlo Esposito mentioned that Vince Gilligan plotted the story in style to westerns.

Highest rated TV drama, it stands on 9.5 as of April 5th 2022

In his August 2013 Terry Gross interview, Bob Odenkirk said that he based his character Saul Goodman partly on the Hollywood agents Robert Evans and Ari Emmanuel. Emanuel, who was also the inspiration for the character played by Jeremy Piven in the TV series Entourage (2004) and a different Odenkirk character, Stevie Grant on The Larry Sanders Show (1992), is Odenkirk's actual agent.

The mascot for Walter Jr.'s high school is the Skyhawk. Signs can be seen on the walls in some of the school shots. Vince Gilligan went to L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, VA, where the mascot is the Skyhawk.

Before he was cast as Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk revealed on "The Howard Stern Show" that he was bankrupt at one point, given his feature directing work wasn't taking off. When his business manager tried to get him to sign for a $900,000 loan, Odenkirk got a new business manager who advised him to bring in money and keep working. When Odekirk's agent called him about the role, his agent advised him not to say "no". Odenkirk said given he hasn't said "no" to work for the past year and a half, he wasn't going to decline work. Odenkirk checked out the show, which was building a following. When he asked Reid Harrison, a friend and occasional co-writer about the series, Harrison told him to take the part as it's the best series on TV.

The real Albuquerque DEA office is just down the road about 1/2 mile from Albuquerque Studios where much of the series was filmed.

Among many western film references, Gale Boetticher name is picked from Budd Boetticher, notorious western film director, better known for his classic, highly influential lmovie "Seven Men From Now".

The show pays a number of homages toward gangster films like The Godfather (1972) and Scarface (1983). Scarface is mentioned multiple times throughout the show to portray a drug kingpin (like Tony Montana), Saul Goodman refers to The Godfather in the 'Better Call Saul' episode and in episode 3 of season 5, the White family sees the final scene of Scarface (1983) on television. Moreover, the show cast Steven Bauer as Don Eladio in season 4, who appeared as Manny Ribera alongside Al Pacino in Scarface.

Bryan Cranston (Walter White), Anna Gunn (Skyler White) and Larry Hankin (owner of the vehicle wrecking yard) had all previously appeared in Seinfeld (1989).

The two chemical elements bromine and barium, the abbreviated forms of which appear as highlighted boldface fonts in the title - (Br)eaking) (Ba)d - have nothing to do with the manufacture of "crystal meth" (Methamphetamine).

The high school portrayed in the film was actually two different schools. One up near the mountains (Eldorado High) and one on the west side (West Mesa High).

In the first episode Jesse has an outfit (long-sleeved blue shirt and red vest) that resembles Marty McFly's clothes in Back to the Future, which is appropriate because Walter and Doc Brown share a few character traits (older, slightly mad, brilliant scientist).

Mark Margolis (Tio Salamanca) and Steven Bauer (Don Eladio) had previously starred together in Scarface (1983).

Gustavo Fring is named after German football player Torsten Frings. He became quite popular in Northern America due to his time at FC Toronto 2011-2013.

The series title is spelled using the chemical symbols for bromine (Br) and barium (Ba). Chemical symbols from the periodic table also appear in every name (except the one of creator Vince Gilligan) in the opening credits: a single capital letter, or pair of letters, with only the first letter capitalized (in line with scientific convention), shown in a differing color.

Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) and Larry Hankin (owner of the vehicle wrecking yard) had previously starred together in Armed and Dangerous (1986) .

Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito worked together in Ghost Whisperer: Fury (2006).

Colours are important to this series with yellow signifying danger or characters "Breaking Bad." In 2008 Albuqeurque had yellow fire hydrants and yellow fire engines, which is unusual globally but are more visible. These were later changed to the more globally accepted red.

Gus Fring is not the first criminal portraited by Giancarlo Esposito. In Trading Places he was also a criminal, but a lot younger and inexperienced.

In season 3 episode 7 they mention Clovis nm where blue sky meth was actually invented.

The location "400 Gold SW" with the curving concrete staircase, used for the foyer of the 'DEA building', and seen occasionally throughout the series, especially the 5th season, is actually around the corner on State Highway 313.

The first episode of season 2 is called Breaking Bad: Seven Thirty-Seven (2009), which foreshadows the plane crash at the end of the season. When combined with the other episodes that flash forward to the plane crash, the titles read "Seven Thirty Seven- Down- Over- ABQ".

There is an alternate ending of the series finale on the last season DVD. It involves Bryan Cranston playing the role of his Malcolm in the Middle (2000) character Hal waking up from a nightmare which happens to be the events of Breaking Bad. Jane Kaczmarek also makes a cameo appearance as Lois. This was an homage to the finale of Newhart (1982).

Bryan Cranston reportedly cried after filming the scene in which Walter watches Jane die. The reason was because the image of Cranston's own daughter popped into his mind.

The scene with the cousins blowing up the immigrant smuggling truck could only be filmed in one take, so the actors had to get everything right, including walking away without looking back. They said the heat coming from behind them made it harder.

Vince Gilligan wrote that when Walt had an M60 machine gun in the trunk, in a flash-forward scene at the beginning of season five, he had no idea what Walter was going to do with it. So he had to really work hard to come up with how he was going to use it against Todd's family.

When Jane's father goes to her room to find a burial outfit, the pink bear that later falls into Walt's pool after the plane crash is seen in the mural painted on the wall.

The script originally called for Saul Goodman to show up to teach Jesse how to clean up a crime scene when Jane dies. Bob Odenkirk had prior commitments so producers brought in Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut.

According to Dean Norris, while shooting the first half of season 5, he got a job offer to play a leading part in a sitcom. Norris, knowing the series was ending and thinking about providing for his family, suggested to Vince Gilligan the idea of killing Hank in those first eight episodes, arguing it would be shocking and unexpected. Gilligan refused, saying he needed Hank for the second half of the season. Hank ended up getting killed in one of the last episodes.

It was Giancarlo Esposito's idea for his character (Gus) to straighten his tie and button his suit coat before he keels over in "Face Off".

On the Breaking Bad (2008) podcast, Creator Vince Gilligan revealed that Hector was initially intended to become the main antagonist from Season 3 on. However, they decided to make Gus the main antagonist for the whole series.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are the only two cast members to actually appear in all 62 episodes of the series, despite others having a credit on all episodes.

The majority of the meth lab equipment at Jack's gang's campground is the same equipment from the RV that Walt and Jesse cooked in for the first few seasons.

The GPS coordinates of the desert location where Walter White buries his money are actually the coordinates of Albuquerque Studios where much of the series was filmed.

The website that Walt Jr. made (to collect donations for Walt's Cancer treatment) still exists till date. Clicking on the "Click Here to Donate" button will take users to the AMC website.

In season 1 episode 2 when Jesse enters the bathroom with the wrapped up dead body and he drops the feet to the ground, the toilet seat collapses shut. That actually happened during the scene and wasn't setup as a prop.

After Jane dies, Jesse is left with only three mementos of his lost love: Jane's "Apology Girl" drawing; her voicemail message, which he calls obsessively to hear the sound of her voice; and her lipstick-covered cigarette butt in the ashtray of his Toyota Tercel. Jane's father finds the "Apology Girl" drawing and keeps it for himself, and her phone gets disconnected. Jesse crashes and apparently abandons the Toyota in Season 5.

Krysten Ritter was aware that her character would be killed off when she signed on to do the series. In an interview Vince Gilligan said simply, "Jane had to die".

Jesse and Jane go out on only one date, to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; but it is not shown until Jesse's flashback in S3E11, well after Jane's death. They had talked about going to the museum twice in Season 2 (S2E09 and S2E10) but either Jesse had to cook for Walt or Jane seemed too drugged out to make the effort. The flashback was triggered in S3E10 when Jesse found what turned out to be a key piece of evidence from the trip: Jane's cigarette butt in his car. However, the vague timeline has led fans of the show to believe it was only Jesse's fantasy. Whether the date happened or not, it was an important enough memory for Jesse to recur at the end of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019).

Jesse's attempt to surprise Jane with breakfast in bed (S2E10) foreshadows the tragic direction their relationship will take. First he cracks two eggs into a frying pan and recites the old PSA "This is your brain on drugs". Then Jane inadvertently spoils the surprise by appearing in the kitchen. A disappointed Jesse sighs, "You weren't supposed to wake up". Jane replies, "Ever?"

Jane Margolis (played by Krysten Ritter) has been cited as an example of the "Woman in the Refrigerator" trope. It's a plot device in which a female character's main purpose is to suffer or die in order to propel the character development of a male protagonist. She is typically a love interest. In Season 2 Jane's intimate relationship with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is built up over 8 episodes before she is killed off in S2E12. The calculated decision by Walter White (Bryan Cranston) to let her die was a turning point for him, marking the beginning of his descent into utter ruthlessness. Jesse blames himself and is haunted by guilt, while repercussions of Jane's death arise throughout the rest of the series.