Posted by: ckckred | September 28, 2013

10 Facts About Breaking Bad You May or May Not Have Known

Before Breaking Bad concludes, I offer 10 or so tidbits on arguably the best series of all time

Before Breaking Bad concludes, I offer 10 or so tidbits on arguably the best series of all time

  1. Creator Vince Gilligan originally intended for Jesse Pinkham to die at the end of first season.  However, Gilligan was so impressed by Aaron Paul’s performance that he decided to keep the character.
  2. Bob Odenkirk, who plays lawyer Saul Goodman, originally tried out for Michael Scott on The Office.
  3. The title “Breaking Bad” comes from the southern term “break bad,” which means to raise hell.
  4. Before going to AMC, Breaking Bad was originally supposed to air on FX.
  5. Vince Gilligan didn’t know about the similarly themed drug show Weeds before make the series.  He has stated if he heard about it before, he would have not gone through with Breaking Bad.
  6. Though Albuquerque is the setting of Breaking Bad, Gilligan initially planned the series to be in Riverside, California.
  7. The mid-season finale of season five, entitled “Gliding Over All” comes from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” which pays an instrumental role in the conclusion of the episode.
  8. Walter White’s name also was inspired by Walt Whitman.
  9. Breaking Bad has a 99 on Metacritic for its latest season, the highest on the site for a TV show.
  10. Stephen King has stated Breaking Bad is his favorite show.


  1. Ha, Odenkirk would’ve been good as Michael Scott. And I’ve thought it seemed BB seemed more like an FX show but for whatever reason it was, I’m glad those bastards didn’t get it!

    • Thanks for the comment. Yeah, Breaking Bad does feel like an FX show with its antihero and dark themes. Not sure how it would have turned out, but I think its right place was on AMC.

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