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Why would Jesse and his junkie friends wear knitted caps?

In Breaking Bad Jesse and his junkie friends always wear knitted caps, even when it is really warm and nobody else wears anything like that. Also when Jesse returns from the rehab, he no longer wears ...
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In Breaking Bad how did the masked men break into Skyler's home?

This happened towards the end of Series 5 of Breaking Bad. Hank had just been killed; Walt was on the run and the police were trying to track him down; Skyler was under investigation by the police ...
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What is the significance of Walt Whitman to a broader understanding of Breaking Bad?

Beware: spoilers for Breaking Bad season 5 below. These are the facts as I understand them: Leaves of Grass is a compendium of poems by Walt Whitman, an American influenced by Transcendentalism ...
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Why does Walt go by Heisenberg?

In Breaking Bad, Walter White chooses to go by Heisenberg. I know that there has to be some significance behind both why Walt chose the name and why the writers chose that name as opposed to any other ...
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who was phoning in reports of Walt being back in town?

In the last episode of breaking bad, Skyler gets a call from Marie with warnings of reports that Walt has been sighted in town and is concerned he will come after one of them. She stated all sorts of ...
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Why did Skyler lose the house?

In the last two episodes of Breaking Bad, we learn that Skyler has lost the house. The bank has to put up a fence to keep kids out and it was soon to be auctioned. Why? She lost the car wash because ...
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How did Walt and Jesse know where to intercept Mike?

In Breaking Bad Season 5, Episode 1, Walt and Jesse meet Mike on a one-lane dirt track in the middle of nowhere, after Mike has learned from the doctor that Gus is dead. How did they know when and ...
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Why did Walter tell Lydia what he did to her?

At the end of the very last episode of Breaking Bad, Walter picks up Todd's phone and answers Lydia's call. He tells her that he poisoned her with ricin. Why did he do that? Knowing that she'd been ...
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Why was Combo shot by a small child when the enemy guys could have killed him themselves easily?

Breaking Bad S02E11 started with the scene when a small child is wandering around Combo (the drug dealer). Then some bullies stopped by him in a car and stared at him, he got scared and called his ...
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How did Jane start suffocating after smoking heroin?

In Breaking Bad S02E12 I couldn't understand the last scene when Walter came back to Jesse and, while trying to wake him up, Jane just starts vomiting and suffocating. Was it because of heroin ? If so ...
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What is the symbolism of the remote controlled toy car?

In Breaking Bad, there are various occasions where there is a boy playing with toy car. Noticed mostly when Walter and Hank talk (about meth or Hank's cases). In Breaking Bad everything appears to ...
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Loophole in Breaking Bad - Mercury fulminate scene

In Breaking Bad when Walter White brought that bag of Mercury(II) Fulminate to that drug dealer it was relatively a big amount of that substance but as it says on wikipedia it can even explode ...
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Explanation of the ending of the episode “Kafkaesque” (S03E09)

At the end of the Breaking Bad episode "Kafkaesque" (S03E09) Skyler says to Walt when talking about Hank (who is in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wounds at the hands of the cartel hit men), ...
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Is Walter White dead?

In the last episode, they don't actually show Walter White dying. They only show him lying on the floor. Is it possible for them to continue the story from there?
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Why would Mike need a part time job as a PI for Saul?

In Breaking Bad, because Mike works for Gus Fring, presumably he should be all set financially. Also Mike is apparently loyal to Gus. Why would he need a part time job as a PI for Saul Goodman on top ...
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Had they decided how Breaking Bad ends before they started shooting the series?

I just watched the ending of Breaking Bad, and it made me wonder, had they decided how many seasons, how the story unfolds, and how it ends, before starting to shoot the series, or did they decide ...
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What did Jesse Pinkman mumble in the flashback scene of Breaking Bad S05E14?

In Breaking Bad Season 5, Episode 14, there is a flashback scene at the start of the episode that shows Walt and Jesse during their first time cooking. When Jesse asks how much longer, Walt begins to ...
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Why does Jack let Walt go?

In Breaking Bad S5 E14, Jack not only lets Walt go, but also leaves a barrel of money to him after killing Hank. I don't understand why he would do this. Jack says that, with 7 barrels of money, he ...
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Did Saul poison Brock?

In Breaking Bad Saul has been shown at Andrea's new house, where he delivers Jesse's money directly to Andrea. Both her and Brock are familiar with him, we even see him conversing with Brock. Also ...
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Why did Walt call the police?

Why did Walt call the police at the end of Breaking Bad S05E15? He was supposed to be in hiding, and it was just a matter of luck that he wasn't caught... the police didn't check the inside of the ...
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Why did Mike get out of the car after being shot?

Didn't he stand a better chance of fighting back, given he has a gun, and was good with it? Instead, he wasted the little energy he had left so he can sit at a river...
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The Walking Dead & Breaking Bad: Numbers VS Influence

The Walking Dead is a show that got 16.1 Million Viewers while Breaking Bad "only" got 10.3 Million Viewers at its highest. My question here is: how is it possible that one show, (Breaking Bad) which ...
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Are the shows Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead in the same universe?

Rewatching The Walking Dead, I noticed a scene where Daryl goes through Merles drugs and in the bag was Walt aka Heisenberg's blue meth. From my quick google research, pure meth is never blue an ...
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Why does Walter use Lily Of The Valley instead of ricin?

In Breaking Bad Walter wanted Jesse to believe that Gus was behind the poisoning of Brock. Then why would he use Lily Of The Valey, at the risk of it being traced back to him? Won't using Ricin ensure ...
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What happens to the money used to buy the car wash?

During the end when Walt is found out to be Heisenberg, the DEA and feds went and seized all his assets (like his and Skyler's home) but what would happen to the car wash? Since this was purchased ...
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Why did Mike shoot through Chow's right hand?

In Breaking Bad, when Mike rescued Chow, who was being held hostage by cartel's hitmen, he asked if the lady to whom Chow spoke in Chinese can drive. When Chow replied that she can drive, Mike shot ...
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What does “they are holding” mean?

In Breaking Bad season 3, episode 3, Hank and Gomez are in a low class bar where all the other patrons look criminal. Hank comments that two patrons "are holding", and maybe the bar owner is holding ...
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Why was Steve Gomez not promoted and did not move to El Paso?

Since Hank turns down the offer to return to El Paso, Steve Gomez is promoted instead of him. However, later in the series, in seasons 4 and 5, Steve Gomez is still in ABQ, working with Hank. Why is ...
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What happened to Saul's right hand man Huell?

In the last season of Breaking Bad, Hank and Gomez put Saul's right-hand man Huell in their custody and instructed him not to leave until they said so. A few episodes later Hank and Gomez are killed ...
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What was Walt doing between leaving Grey Matter and becoming a school teacher?

There is a flashback scene in Breaking Bad in which young Walt and Skyler are buying their house. Walt sounds very optimistic about his career opportunities, suggesting that they should not buy a ...
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Why did Walt leave his gun on the couch when Jesse came to confront him?

This question is about "End Times", the twelfth episode of the fourth season of Breaking Bad. When Jesse learned that Brock had been poisoned, he came over to Walt's house to confront him. Walt ...
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How was Walt unharmed after throwing the mercury fulminate on the floor in Tucos office?

In season 1 of Breaking Bad, Jesse visits Tuco in order to make a drug deal. Tuco takes Jesse's meth, beats him pretty severely, and doesn't pay him. Later, Walt visits Tuco to make a deal and get ...
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Why would Gus do business with Walter knowing his brother in-law was a DEA agent?

The first time Walt sold Gus meth was toward the end of season 2 of Breaking Bad after they met in Los Pollos Hermanos. Guss trait as a careful man is highlighted several times. One example was his ...
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What time frame is shown in Breaking Bad?

In Breaking Bad Mexico looks very rural and the US also look rural sometimes. So I am curious to know what time frame Breaking Bad is taking place at.
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What is the significance of the statue given to Hank?

Hank is given a little statue in one episode of Breaking Bad, which looks like a railway employee from his cloths, with the phrase 'know your enemy'. Which he hands over to his partner later. So what ...
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Why was Ted Beneke hiding revenue in Beneke Fabricators?

I understood that Ted was hiding revenue or misrepresenting how much the company earned annually in Breaking Bad, but I couldn't figure out why he was doing this. To what end would hiding annual ...
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Why is Jesse's car's trunk going up and down in Breaking Bad?

In the first season of Breaking Bad, we can see Jesse's car's trunk going up and down a few times. Although one of those cases is when Walt and Jesse are locked in the trunk, another time it seems to ...
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Why didn't Jesse shoot Walt?

During the last few minutes of Felina, the last episode of Breaking Bad, after Walt has killed the Nazis, he gives gun to Jesse and asks him to shoot, but Jesse doesn't shoot him. What could be the ...
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Can you explain the crawling ritual in Breaking Bad season 3 episode 1 [duplicate]

What is the meaning of the crawling ritual in Breaking Bad season 3 episode 1. It takes place right at the beginning of episode 1. Several farmers in a Mexican village are crawling towards some kind ...
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Where did the ricin go in Season 4?

At the end of Breaking Bad Season 4, we learn that But if this was the case, where did the ricin go? Walt had already convinced Jesse that he could not have taken the ricin as Jesse had it with him ...
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Why were the villagers and the axe-wielding hitman brothers crawling towards a shrine?

At the start of Season 3 Breaking Bad, we see a bunch of villagers and Tuco's cousins crawling on their bellies towards some shrine where they put a drawing of Walter White as some kind of "offering". ...
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What does the pink teddy bear represent in Breaking Bad?

After the plane crash in season 2 of breaking bad a pink teddy bear falls into Walts pool. We see the bear in several scenes before the plane crash in previous episodes of the season. In these ...
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What are some examples of Walt and Jesse taking on attributes of the foils that they kill? [duplicate]

In Breaking Bad Walt seems to take on attributes of the foils that he kills. For instance: After Walt kills Crazy 8, he starts cutting the crust off of sandwiches. After Walt kills Gus, he starts ...
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Why did Walt suspect Krazy 8 of hiding a shard of the broken plate?

In S01E03 of Breaking Bad, why did Walt suspect Krazy 8 of hiding a shard of the broken plate? What made him suspicious, sort through the garbage, and put together all the broken pieces of the plate ...
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Which episode marks the first appearance of Walt's hat in Breaking Bad?

I found an article that said that the first appearance was in season 3, but Walt wore it in season 1 when he and Jesse met up with Tuco in the parking lot. I don't remember this being the first ...
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Why does Walt leave his watch at the gas station?

In the Breaking Bad finale, 'Felina' Walt goes to this gas station where he uses a pay phone to obtain the address of Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz. After this he takes out his watch and places it on the pay ...
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Why Walter White can't use a TV in New Hampshire?

When Walter White is in New Hampshire, he was not supposed to have phone, internet, or TV connections. Why can't he use these provided he doesn't do something foolish with internet or phone? And how ...
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Where is Walt's money?

So, Breaking Bad has finished. But where is Walt's money, which Jack has stolen?
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What are the analogies/homages to Western Cinema in Breaking Bad?

Critics have drawn comparisons of scenes in Breaking Bad to classic Western Cinema. Vince Gilligan himself has spoken of such influences, and I was just wondering if there are any specific ...
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Why is there an umbrella man in this Breaking Bad song?

I'm curious why there is a guy holding an umbrella during the song "Los cuates del Sinaloa". The only explanation I can imagine is that it's a reference to the Umbrella Man. The "Umbrella Man" ...