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Why does Walt split his $3 million with Jesse? [duplicate]

In Breaking Bad Walt is hired by Gus on a simple deal $3m for 3 months, and paired to work with Gale initially. Gale presumably is well paid separately but when Walt has him replaced with Jesse, Jesse ...
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Why is Heisenberg shown dead in Negro y Azul?

We see Heisenberg dead at the end of the music video playing at the start of Breaking Bad S2:E7. Is this an incongruity? Maybe a plotline that was ruled out? Or just a bit of fun? I love it but the ...
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How was the “Fly” episode directed?

With the advent of CGI, this may come off as foolish, but I really want to know how the episode "Fly" (S03E10) in Breaking Bad was directed, particularly regarding how the fly itself was so ...
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Why were only 12 people on Gus's payroll at the beginning of Season 5?

In Breaking Bad S05E02, "Madrigal", Lydia shows Mike a list of 11 people who are on Gus's payroll. Including Mike, this would make 12 people on Gus's payroll. Only, wouldn't it actually be 15? In ...
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Why was Jesse angry with Walter in the last few episodes when he was getting picked to be relocated in Alaska? [duplicate]

Why was Jesse angry with Walter in the last few episodes of Breaking Bad when he was getting picked to be relocated in Alaska? He already knows that Brock was poisoned with lily (from doc report), ...
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Why does Walt drive recklessly after Gus' offer of $15 million / year to keep cooking in Kafkaesque?

In the Breaking Bad episode Kafkaesque, after Walt meets with Gus and is offered an open-ended $15 million / year deal, we see Walt driving away, speeding up, and even closing his eyes on the highway ...
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Is it correct to assume Gustavo Fring is not Gus' real name?

Though it's never explicitly stated, the fact that Gus appears so flustered when Hank asks him "Is Gustavo Fring your real name?" combined with the fact that Hank is shown to have the right instincts ...
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Is the rowboat painting in more than 2 episodes and does it have multiple meanings?

I know the rowboat painting first appears in Breaking Bad in the fugue state episode and shows a man rowing away from his family, and then appears again when Walt is hiring Jack for the prison hit. ...
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Why does Walt become less strict about Walter Jr.'s driving style in Half Measures?

It's not entirely clear why Walt has a completely different attitude about Walter Jr's driving style in the episode Half Measures, in which he basically says "as long it gets you from point A to point ...
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Why did Skyler return to Beneke Fabricators right after saying she couldn't be a part of the accounting fraud there?

In the Breaking Bad episode "Mandala" it's not really clear what may have changed Skyler's mind about continuing to work at Beneke Fabricators. Between the scene when Skyler tells Ted she couldn't be ...
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Is there any meaning behind the shot of the poster of flies in Season 5 'Gliding Over All'?

At around 2 minutes into the season 5 episode 'Gliding Over All' of Breaking Bad, Walt stares at a fly on the desk lamp at the 'office' supposedly a little while after... Todd walks in and says "...
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Why didn't Hank arrest Walt as soon as he found out?

In Breaking bad, at the very end of season 5, Hank finds a book (Leaves of Grass) in Walter's bathroom. This book has a handwritten note reading "To my other favourite W.W., it's an honour working ...
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How can Skyler buy a $800k car wash

I don't get how an unemployed teacher can buy a car wash? I know it's just a plot, but do the writers ever refer to loaning the amount or justify buying Bogdan's car wash? Any money laundering ...
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Who rang up Mike to find out where he was after Dan Waxberg flipped?

In Breaking Bad, season 5, Mike's nine guys' lawyer Dan Waxberg is caught red handed by the DEA while transferring Mike's cash to his nine men's safe deposits. Right after that, we learn from a ...
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Why was Hank tagging trees in the college?

In S5E8, Hank talks about the job he had when he was on college and implies how simple, but easy the life was back then to Walt. Why that job is selected as the college job of Hank by the writers? Why ...
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Was Gus ready to have Walter White killed if he refused to cook after he shows him the lab for the first time?

I finished watching Better Call Saul. No spoilers -- but in light of the methods Gus employs to ensure the secrecy of the lab... can we retrospectively suggest that Gus would have had Walt killed if ...
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How does Walt know that Gus intends to kill him?

In Breaking Bad, season 3, after Walt kills the two dealers who murdered Tomas, he drives out into the desert where he meets Mike who then escorts him back to Gus's car. He suggests to Gus that he has ...
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Who portrays Walter White in the scene where he and Gretchen establish the composition of the human body?

In Breaking Bad, season 1, in relation to the dissolution of Emilio and Krazy-8's corpses, Walter and Gretchen are shown enumerating the various chemicals composing the human body. Supposedly it takes ...
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What did Walt mean to tell Jesse

In Breaking Bad, Season 2, later on after giving the 480K to Jesse, Walt goes round to his house once more and finds Jesse high, asleep next to Jane, then witnesses her throwing up and choking to ...
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Why didn't Walt use a sniper rifle to assassinate Gus in S4E12?

Rewatching the episode, the rooftop spot seems like the perfect place to set it up. Walt could have used it himself or just hired somebody. Why not?
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Why did Skyler mess up her desk at Beneke's in season 2?

One evening in Breaking Bad season 2, as Ted is about to leave from work, he stops by in front of Skyler's office to say goodbye. Ted appears to be attracted to her, just as one might say he did when ...
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Why does Gus drive a 10 year old Volvo?

In Breaking Bad, Gustavo Fring drives a 10 year old Volvo. Why? I get the whole narrative about him being in some sort of ultra disguise but ... the man's publically known as the owner of a massive ...
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How did Tuco know where to pick up Jesse?

In episode "Seven thirty seven" (S02E01) of Breaking Bad, while talking to Skyler who is taking a bath, Walt gets a phone call from Jesse which he dismisses due to Skyler's company. He looks out ...
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Why would Walter leave that book in the bathroom?

He was so careful about everything, why would he leave the book in the bathroom? Was it anything more than the writers just not knowing how to make Hank figure it out, so they came up with that ...
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Breaking Bad Czech references?

In Breaking Bad there seems to be a disproportionate number of references to all things Czech. In one episode Saul refers to "Thai and Czech women", in another Walt mentions travel to "Manhattan or ...
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How did they film the scene that showed Leonel Salamanca's amputated legs in S03E08?

In Breaking Bad S03E08 I see you, Leonel Salamanca, portrayed by Daniel Moncada, is shown sitting up, with amputated legs, on a hospital bed. The image is clear and seemingly full of honesty, leaving ...
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Is it really so cold in Albuquerque?

While watching the series I was wondering if it's really so cold in New Mexico that all the main characters almost all the time wear long sleeves. I checked the climate data for Albuquerque and it ...
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Why does Jesse try to burn down Walt's house despite the tox screen revealing no ricin poisoning [duplicate]

In Breaking Bad, Brock is poisoned by some substance contained in the lily of the valley, as the detectives admit to Jesse as they release him from custody. First of all, although Walt did indeed get ...
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Did Vince Gilligan or other major Breaking Bad participants acknowledge the Wire as an inspiration? Did any Wire people comment on Breaking Bad?

The two shows are often compared, and it's easy to see why. They have some common themes. They're both about the drug trade. They both deal with failing institutions: law enforcement on one BB side, ...
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How was Breaking Bad's “Intro” so short?

The intro to Breaking Bad is very short - how was this negotiated? Usually, and especially for more popular shows (in the later seasons), shows have relatively long intros. Breaking Bad's is about ...
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Would Hank have been able to let Walter Jr. off for attempting to buy alcohol so easily?

I can’t help but notice the scene in season 2, where Walter Jr. attempts to buy alcohol. His friends ask him to approach a man, outside of a gas station, and ask if he would mind buying them some ...
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Did Walter’s cancer really relapse at the end of Breaking Bad — or is it possibly his lie, to justify his behavior?

When Walter first got cancer at the beginning of Breaking Bad, we see medical evidence, and also have no reason to question this being true. Same when the cancer goes away: Walter’s anger — caused by ...
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What caused Jesse Pinkman to go spiralling down after killing somebody?

In Breaking Bad S01, Jesse and Walter were fresh in criminal world and had never killed anyone, so it was quite understandable that both of them would chose to avoid doing the job of murdering Crazy-8....
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Did Gus Fring really intended to replace Walter White with Gale when he asked Gale if he could cook Walter's formula Or was this Walter's fear?

Gus Fring initially hired Walter for 3 months for his service, which he later extended it to 1 year. Of course, he wanted Gale to learn Walter's formula and replicate it eventually since Walter was ...
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Jesse's real bad luck!

Why Jesse always coincidentally comes in contact with those people who are related to drug business or drug addicts. Even Jane who seemed like a real nice girl was a Heroin addict. If Jane would have ...
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Did Walter White's poor choices lead to his downfall?

Walter and Skyler were about to get divorced. But Skyler being calculating and manipulative knew that without money she would not be able to survive, so reconciled with Walter. He happily obliged in ...
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What is up with Jesse and kids?

Jesse from Breaking Bad had trouble with his parents (his parents looked kind and caring towards him, seemed like he screwed big time to annoy them) but he had some kind of soft corner for kids like ...
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What did Walter do that would make Gus want to kill him?

I don't understand what Walter did wrong so Gus wanted to kill him. Yes, I got the idea that Walter's behavior was unreliable and Pinkman was easily manipulated, so Gus decided to choose Pinkman. But: ...
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Why does Mike call Jimmy “Saul”?

In Breaking Bad, Mike clearly calls Jimmy by his alternate name "Saul" multiple times. In Better Call Saul, we see that their paths are crossed quite considerably before Jimmy even starts using his ...
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How did Walter White poison that character?

I've seen Breaking Bad complete series 2-3 times, but I never found out how Walter White was able to poison Brock. I mean did he himself directly feed the Valley of the Lilly berries to Brock or did ...
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How did they film the final shootout scene from Felina?

The final shootout scene in the last episode of Breaking Bad is quite impressive. Since watching it, I've wondered how it was filmed. When stepped through frame-by-frame, the rounds appear to be ...
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What did exactly happen to Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad?

I've watched the super hit TV series - Breaking Bad & I've a question regarding one of the important characters in this series Saul Goodman. How did this lawyer die in the series? Did they show ...
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Why Jesse did not kill Gus in Salud episode?

Mike was injured, and Gus was unconscious. It was a perfect chance to kill them both. I thought Jesse wanted to kill Gus, so why he didn't do it then?
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How much money would Jack and his crew earn with the rest of methylamine?

Walt earned 74 million dollars with the methylamine. In Felina, Walt theorizes that Jack's crew is running out of methylamine. So by this time, how much money would Jack have earned with the ...
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What was Jack's motivation in Felina?

Somewhat related to Why does Jack let Walt go?; why does Jack want to kill Walt in the last episode of Breaking Bad? Walt shows up under the pretense of wanting to make a deal to teach Todd a new ...
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How did the emergency vehicles get there so quickly?

In the very first episode of Breaking Bad (S1E1 Pilot), Walt and Jesse drive the RV out into the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. They are many miles from civilization. The closest sign of human life is ...
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What does it actually mean to “break bad”?

What does "breaking bad" actually mean, and in which context has the creator used the term for the title of the TV series Breaking Bad (2008-2013).
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Breaking Bad S4E10 “Salud” Walter Jr's jacket [closed]

At the beginning of episode 10 of season 4 Walter Jr was shown a surprise birthday present. He was wearing an orange jacket. Is it an Aperture Science Jacket from the game Portal/Portal 2? Image of ...
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When Walter and Jesse get stranded in the desert, could they have made the walk?

In Breaking Bad S02E09, Walt and Jesse go to the desert to cook meth and they drive approximately 15 miles/24 km down a dirt road. Midways cooking, they realize the car battery is dead, and manage to ...
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Why does Zootopia have an intentional Breaking Bad reference?

When Judy is looking up on the case she finds, along with Nick, that there's a laboratory in a vehicle which processes a blue chemical to be sold in the market. While the chemist is making the ...