On the final day of filming for Season 5, Bryan Cranston got a Breaking Bad tattoo on the inside of his finger. Regarding the tattoo, Cranston says: "every once in a while I catch a glimpse of it, and I see that logo for 'Breaking Bad' and it just makes me smile."
The show's creator Vince Gilligan shared his experience on pitching the show to HBO:
"The trouble with Hollywood---movies and TV---is people will leave you dangling on the end of a meat hook for days or weeks or months on end," Gilligan said. "That happened at HBO. Like the worst meeting I ever had ... The woman we [were] pitching to could not have been less interested---not even in my story, but about whether I actually lived or died."
HBO wasn't the only network that ultimately said no to Breaking Bad: Showtime, TNT, and FX all passed on the show for various reasons.
Due to the sensitive subject matter, the show's creators thought it was only right to inform the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) what they were doing---and welcome their help. "We informed them---with all due respect and consideration---that we're doing this show, and 'Would you like to be a part of it in a consultancy in order to make sure that we get it right?'" Cranston recalled. "They had the choice to say, 'We don't want anything to do with it.' But they saw that it might be in their best interest to make sure that we do it correctly. So DEA chemists came onboard as consultants and taught Aaron Paul and me how to make crystal meth."
While it is impossible to imagine anyone other than Bryan Cranston as the show's star, AMC originally wanted Matthew Broderick or John Cusack in the lead role.
"We all still had the image of Bryan shaving his body in Malcolm in the Middle," a former AMC executive told The Hollywood Reporter about their initial reluctance to cast Cranston. "We were like, 'Really? Isn't there anybody else?'" But Gilligan had worked with Cranston before, on an episode of The X-Files, and knew he had the chops to navigate the quirks of the part. The network brass watched the episode, and agreed.
During a Reddit AMA he said called his training "trial and error," "I always just thought, 'Hey, pretend like you're being someone else and that's all there is to it.'"
Vince Gilligan (the show's creator) and others writers wanted to kill off Jesse in Episode 9 of Season 1. Due to a writers strike in 2007-08, Jesse's fate was saved when they decided once and for all that he was too valuable of a character to kill off.
Anna Gunn, who played Skyler White, recalled that Cranston cried for 15 minutes after filming the scene in which Walt let Jesse's girlfriend Jane Margolis die.
The 1st, 4th, 10th and 13th episodes of Season 2 all have black and white teaser intros. When you combine the episode titles you get Seven Thirty-Seven / Down / Over / ABQ. Foreshadowing the plane crash at the end of the season.
When setting up the iconic 'pizza-throwing' scene, the production team had blocked off several hours to get it just right. Cranston was throwing practically blind, and there was no way to know if it would actually work.
Somehow, and without him even knowing it at the time, Cranston nailed it on the first take!! And there it sat, the iconic pizza shot, done, in one single take.
The Breaking Bad team recruited the makeup and visual effects team from AMC's hit show The Walking Dead, to help with the Season 4 episode "Face Off", during which half of Gus' face is blown off.
Due to the huge success of the show, some drug dealers actually started adding blue dye to their crystal meth in an effort to "brand" their product. Drug dealers have also attempted to beat Walter White's famous purity levels, with several drug dealers getting caught with crystal meth with 99% purity.
In the Season 2 episode titled "4 Days Out," Jesse asks if they're going to build a robot to save them. In the final episode, "Felina," that's pretty much what happens.
RJ Mitte (who plays Walt Jr.) does actually have cerebral palsy, but not as severely as his character and can walk without crutches. In fact, he actually had to learn how to walk with crutches for the show.
Walt Jr. is the only main character in the show that never meets Jesse.
As well as being an anagram of "finale," some have pointed out that Felina can be split up into Fe Li Na --- the chemical symbols for Iron, Lithium, and Sodium. Or: Blood, meth, and tears.
Walt gives himself an alter ego, named "Heisenberg." While it may not seem very fitting, the meaning behind it makes complete sense. Walt got the name from Werner Heisenberg, who was a German theoretical physicist in the early 20th century. He is most notably known for being one of the key pioneers in quantum physics, for which he won a Nobel Prize in 1932.
Cranston, who worked odd jobs before becoming an actor, served as a waiter in a Florida restaurant with his brother, also a waiter. The head chef, a man named Peter Wong, was apparently the worst person on the planet. "Everybody wanted to kill Peter Wong," Cranston recalled in an interview.
Well, one day, Peter Wong turned up dead---murdered. Coincidentally, a few days prior, Cranston and his brother had decided to take a cross-country road trip on their motorcycles. Their disappearance prompted the Daytona Beach police to label them suspects in the murder. The police searched for the Cranstons, who were in the Carolinas by the time the murder came to surface. After telling the story, Cranston never said how he was proven innocent, or whether or not he actually was innocent...
Marius Stan --- aka Bogdan, Walt's boss at the car wash --- has a Ph.D. in chemistry --- and is a senior computational energy scientist. He decided to venture into acting in his late forties, landing Breaking Bad as his first role.
The coordinates of the spot where Walt buries the money are actually those of Q Studios in Albuquerque, N.M., where the show was filmed.
The 62nd element in the periodic table is Samarium, a drug used to treat pain in cancer patients.
After watching Season 5, Episode 14 --- "Ozymandias" --- George R.R. Martin called Walter White a bigger monster than anyone in Game of Thrones and vowed to "do something about that" in his next book. Uh oh.
Whenever you see Walter and Jesse's signature blue meth in the show, what you're actually seeing is blue rock candy. More specifically: blue rock candy from The Candy Lady, a boutique candy store in Albuquerque.
While any Jesse Pinkman impression would likely end in the iconic "b*itch," Paul only uses the word a total of 54 times throughout the series. Considering that there are 62 episodes in total, this seems a little underwhelming.
Heisenberg's hat came to identify Walter White's dark side, but it was a matter of practicality for Bryan Cranston... "Bryan kept asking me, after he shaved his head, 'Can I have a hat?' because his head was cold," Kathleen Detoro, the show's costume designer, explained. "So I would ask Vince and he kept saying no; Jesse wore the hats. Finally, Vince said, 'I think there's a place ...' It was Bryan asking for a hat, me asking Vince, and then Vince figuring out where in the story it makes sense: It's when he really becomes Heisenberg."
Though Walter White and his family live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, the home that you see in exterior shots is actually located at 3828 Piermont Drive NE, a private house in Albuquerque that has become a major tourist attraction.
Many fans, caught up in the excitement of seeing the home where Walter White managed to toss the pizza onto the roof in one swift move, have attempted to recreate that scene---leaving the home's owner with a regular pizza mess on their roof. In 2015, Gilligan (the show's creator) appealed to the fans to refrain from throwing pizza onto the home's roof. "There is nothing original, or funny, or cool about throwing a pizza on this lady's roof," Gilligan said. "It's been done before---you're not the first."