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Why did Victor die?

In Breaking Bad season 4 episode 1 "Box cutter", Gus kills Victor. Why does he do this? What does he gain from it other than scaring Walt and Jessie? Or is making them fear him his only motive?
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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Does it make sense to watch Better Call Saul before Breaking Bad?

For someone who hasn't seen either of the two shows, in order to get the most clear and continuous plot experience, does it make sense to watch Better Call Saul before Breaking Bad?
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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 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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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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Why did Walter White refuse to help in S02E12?

In season 2 episode 12 of Breaking Bad, Phoenix, Walter let Jane die. He could have saved her but inspite stood there and watched Jane die. What was the reason behind it?
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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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Was Walter going to kill Jesse?

In the very last episode of Breaking Bad (Season 5), Now my question is, did Walter actually intend on killing Jesse? I mean, he had assumed that Jesse was working with Jack and his crew but he ...
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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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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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Why did Walt kill the drug dealers?

In Breaking Bad, Season 3 Episode 12 (Half Measures), Jesse is incensed with the rival drug dealers for using children (in particular Tomás) to do their killing and selling. Gus orders the dealers "No ...
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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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Did Mike's granddaughter get Mike's money?

When Mike died in Breaking Bad, did the DEA confiscate his money, or did his granddaughter inherit it?
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How did Jesse end up with the cigarettes in his pocket?

I watched the season 4 ending of Breaking Bad and the story is that Huell underhandedly replaced Jesse's cigarettes with an other pack. Jesse desperately looks for the ricin cigarette at the hospital ...
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How did Jesse know that Walt did this in season 5?

In Breaking Bad Final Season, when Walt meets Jesse with Saul and asks Jesse to leave town, Jesse breaks into tears and says to Walt that why doesn't he tell him straight away what he wants or he will ...
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How does Jesse connect the dots in S05E11?

I'm struggling to understand the ending of Breaking Bad S05E11. At the end of the episode Jesse realizes that Huell stole the cigarettes and confronts Saul about it. At one point, Jesse flat out says:...
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What mass is a 'teenth?

What is the mass of a 'teenth? Many characters in Breaking Bad use this term when referring to a small bag of crystal meth (which at one point, when Jesse is buying from the guys that arranged for ...
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Why doesn't Walt tell Walt Jr the truth about Hank? [duplicate]

In Breaking Bad, Walt wouldn't want his son to know he was a killer at all but especially not to think he killed his uncle. Why didn't Walt say in Ozymandias (S5/14) the Nazi gang killed Hank ...
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Garage in Breaking Bad

Why Walt always parked the car outside the garage? because he had a huge garage! Is this normal in USA?
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How realistic was Gus Fring's demise scene?

Always wondered about this one scene in Breaking Bad, when Hector blows up the hospital and we see Gustavo Fring walking out of the room while fixing his tie. We are then revealed that half of his ...
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Why did Hector kill Gustavo's partner?

In the flashback scene in Breaking Bad, where Gustavo comes to Don Eladio's mansion to offer business with his partner, why did Hector kill the young chemist?
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S04E08 (Hermanos): Why is Gus allowed to live?

I was rewatching the Breaking Bad episode S04E08 (Hermanos) and I didn't quite understand why exactly Don Eladio killed Gus's partner, but he let Gus live. He says: The only reason you're alive and ...
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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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Why exactly did Walt visit Jack's gang?

I want to know what was the primary reason for Walt eliminating Jack's gang at the end of Breaking Bad. The primary reason that he returned to ABQ because he wanted to give his money to Gretchen and ...
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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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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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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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Why does Saul Goodman have to go into hiding?

I haven't quite catched the reason why Saul Goodman has to go into hiding at the end of Breaking Bad. He has commited crimes, yes, but I don't know how somebody could prove them. He's a lawyer, he ...
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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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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 pro-filmic/...
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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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Does the first scene in Better Call Saul take place after Breaking Bad

In the first scene from the first episode of 'Better Call Saul', we see Saul, working at some food joint and watching his own videos at home. All this is shown in black & white. After which the ...
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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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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 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?