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I disagree that Mike isn't the sort of person who would entertain a name change like this. Mike is exactly the sort of person who would hear "I've changed my name to Saul" and shrug it off with a casual "Whatever," and then proceed to call him only Saul from then on. Mike is the kind of guy who does the job he's asked to do and doesn't ask any questions ...


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The directors addressed this scene and their motivation directly, indicating that it was both a cultural homage and just a really good joke: The gag works. During copious test screenings, Moore and Howard say they can consistently count on hearing adults crack up at the reference, coursing through the audience like a ripple the kids never notice. ...


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My interpretation of this scene is not that Hank has the power to do this, but that he is able to talk "one law enforcement officer to another". Hank is in the DEA, not the local police force, so although undoubtedly he would be considered more senior, I don't think he would be able to 'pull rank' to get Walt Jr out of trouble. I don't believe that the cop ...


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The question is answered very well here in an AMC blog posting an interview with the actress who played Gretchen: Q: What’s it like have Bryan Cranston curse at you? A: Oh man, he’s a good actor. But it was easy because Vince Gilligan told us exactly what went down between the characters off screen: We were very much in love and we were to get ...


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I'd go for "willing suspension of disbelief". They definitely made Jimmy/Saul look younger for the flashback scenes when he's running con-tricks as Slippin' Jimmy, and they distincly aged him for the flash-forward scenes as Gene Takovic. I think we're just supposed to accept that without several million dollars'-worth of CGI in each episode, the actors are ...


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It's a deliberate directorial device. We're experiencing the world through Walt and Jessie's eyes, so it allows us to appreciate their confusion, suspicion and fear through the powerlessness they feel when events are unfolding around them - with little understanding and consequent lack of control. We're left to interpret the body language (of which 70% of ...


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Because she was a bad influence for Jesse. Walter needed Jesse to cook. Walt considers saving Jane, but ultimately lets her die, knowing that her death would help him gain control over Jesse as a result, and possibly stop Jesse from using drugs. Read more from this wiki.


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They are visiting a shrine of Santa Muerte (Saint Death). In Mexico, she is a popular folk saint/deity who is the patron saint of (among other things) drug dealers and smugglers, and is often invoked to protect against violent death. Traditionally, a worshiper would crawl on his knees on his way to visit the shrine.


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To understand much of this scene, you have to look at the previous episode. In the previous episode, Walt had some tests to see the effect of his chemo and radiation treatments. His doctor wouldn't release the results for four days, but Walt noticed a large white spot on his lung and assumed the worst. Walt then went into cooking-overdrive, as he believed ...


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Walt, a teacher, was questioning his choice to go into an illegal business enterprise with someone who didn't know the proper term for "barn". You could say at this point that Walt was unaware that "book smarts" are less of a benefit than "street smarts" in an illegal enterprise, and so it somewhat shows his arrogance that he ...


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Besides what Tetsujin points out about willing suspension of disbelief, it also seems like de-aging is what they were going for with some of the hairstyles. Here's Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad: And here's 5-10 year older Bob Odenkirk playing his younger self in Better Call Saul: Pretty successful, in my opinion! My guess is that they went with this method ...


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On talking bad aired directly after the finale Vince Gilligan stated it was down to a continuity error. When they shot the flash forward scene in the first episode of season 5 Walt wasn't wearing a watch. Therefore they had to have it removed. He also said there was an "artsy fartsy" which was that Walt didn’t need the watch anymore as he was about to ...


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Yes they are all connected. Despite Hank's outward appearance of nonchalance, the incident with Tuco shook him a lot. It was probably Hank's first really violent fire fight and that left him suffering from a form of post traumatic stress disorder. He becomes more fearful and more fearful of further violence. Tuco's grill was a grisly reminder of all the fear ...


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Did ‘The Walking Dead’ Cook Up a ‘Breaking Bad’ Reference? Robert Kirkman, a creator of the “Walking Dead” comics and a producer of the television series, said that the inclusion of the blue meth was indeed "a little Easter egg we were doing for AMC fans" (The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad are both AMC shows)


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They were already moving forward (not necessarily literally, even though they were in an RV) with making the drugs in their current lab. Getting a new RV would have meant stopping that progress, taking a good chunk of money and spending it on something new, and starting over with a new lab in the new RV. Starting with a new lab would mean losing time in ...


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Yes, it's possible. In theory, it's possible to produce a 100% pure sample of any substance; if you isolated and removed any molecules that were not those of your target chemical. The trick is that it's usually very impractical to do so, for various reasons. The cost of purifying chemicals rises sharply as the purity goes up, because you need more expensive ...


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He's a Science teacher. He understands the effects of Meth and knows how addictive it is. Besides, he was in it to make money. Never combine business with pleasure if you want to be successful. Just as Frank Lopez warns Tony Montana in Scarface, "Don't get high on your own supply".


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It doesn't matter. Surprisingly, despite being set before Breaking Bad your enjoyment of Better Call Saul does not depend on whether you have seen Breaking Bad or not. Although characters from Breaking Bad make an appearance in Better Call Saul, as of the end of the first season you do not need to know anything about Breaking Bad to enjoy Better Call Saul, ...


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To answer this, we need to look at how accurate Breaking Bad's depiction of cooking actually is. The show relied on Donna Nelson, a Professor Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. She was the science advisor and gave input to the show's creators. She told NPR: You know, there are multiple ways to make meth. And so although his scenes are very ...


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Yes. In the second-to-last episode of Breaking Bad, Saul stated: "From here on out, I'm Mr. Low Profile -- just another douchebag with a job and three pairs of Dockers. If I'm lucky, a month from now, best-case scenario, I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha." The first scene in Better Call Saul is that prediction come true.


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It's important to remember the events that had just led up to that. Jane was forcing herself between Walt and Jesse. She threatened and blackmailed Walt to get Jesse's share of the money back. This was money that Walt did not feel Jesse was in a state he could receive it. And to top it all off, Jane and Jesse were planning on leaving the next day. They ...


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Two likely sources: Rumors Yes, there were only 3 witnesses, but people talk and in the end the whole department did know that Hank was the shooter - he even received the Tuco's gold teeth grill as a memento for his performance. He accepted this in front of the whole bunch of people. The official report The DEA is a government agency, hence the details of ...


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Bon Gart's answer is correct. The viewer is supposed to be overwhelmed by the size of the pile. By not revealing the amount it's left to the viewer's over-active imagination to guess. Even Skyler doesn't know how much is there, when asked by Walt she replies: I have no earthly idea. I truly don't. I just stack it up, keep it dry, spray it for silverfish. ...


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Not everything needs to be shown, otherwise there's no suspense. However: At the 2013 Comic-Con Vince Gilligan explained exactly how he and the writers imagined Walt got the poison to Brock, and it wasn’t, as I had thought, through Saul. Instead they pictured Walt as the “Evil Juice Box Man” going into Brock’s school and giving him a juice box that ...


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Walt's progression of killing was very different from Jesse's. Walt managed to kill Emilio with phosphine gas, then strangled Crazy 8 with a bike lock. He tried to poison Tuco but failed, and he then caused Jane to die and watched it happen. Many others died that he was indirectly responsible for, and his brother-in-law Hank was almost killed because of his ...


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This is because Jesse is a lot smarter than the viewers give him credit for. Initially, Jesse only helped Walt because of Walt's speech about Gus poisoning Brock with the ricin in order to manipulate him into not only giving permission to kill Walt, but to do it himself. Jesse, realizing these pieces fit believes him and helps Walt get the information he ...


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One could say that his hat is Heisenberg. The actual hat is known as a Pork-Pie Hat which grew into style around the 30's and 40's. Not exactly associated with major meth empires. The relation of his hat and Heisenberg can be rather simple, or it can be rather complex, depending upon how much you want to read into it and how much analysis you associate ...


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Jesse has seen first hand how ruthless Walt can be to anyone he perceives as a danger. Mike and Walt had never been on good terms but Mike had always cooperated with Walt's schemes after some persuasion. The only glaring exception was handing over the names of Mike's associates residing in prison. Jesse knew how paranoid Walt felt about leaving those men ...


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Any competent chemist could probably do it, but there aren't that many in the business There are a few issues with the way the show portrayed the meth synthesis. One is that pure meth isn't blue nor do any of the routes used by White and Pinkman pharmaceuticals create blue impurities. So the colour is merely a plot device to highlight the fact that their ...


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The series was not really so much about drug use, and if Walter had been a tweaker then it presumably would have had to have been more so. Also, it would have overshadowed some of the ambiguities and nuances of his character; getting high would in fact have been a good explanation for some of his behaviour but having such an easy explanation would have made ...


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