I was late the party when it came to Breaking Bad. I had heard great things and friends of mine were raving about it, but for some reason it just didn’t make my list of shows when it first started. Flash forward to the end of part 1 of season 5, and I finally decided it was time to give them a shot.
After watching all 5 seasons in a matter of weeks it gave me a fresh look at everything that happened from beginning to the start of the 2nd half of season 5. With all of that fresh in my mind it was a little easier for me to make connections to things later in the seasons that I may have forgotten about had I watched each episode when it aired on TV… and that’s what this post is about.
I can’t take credit for all of these things, some of them I noticed myself, some of them I read about after constantly thinking about the show after watching it, but I figured this would be a good place to put down theories and predictions as well as instances of foreshadowing and easter eggs you may have missed throughout the series.
Feel free to let me know anything I missed, or reasoning for why something may be wrong. This is all about Breaking Bad discussion, so feel free to chime in.
Breaking Bad Spoilers Beyond This Point
1. Walt inherits the traits of those people he’s killed throughout the series
- In season 1 Walt and Jesse argue over who is going to kill Crazy 8. After a coin-flip, Walt ends up having to do it, but is very reluctant. Walt starts bringing him sandwiches in the basement because he can’t bring himself to do it. He even cuts the crusts off of the bread… Eventually Walt is given no choice but to kill him and in doing so, in a later episode, we see him cutting the crust off of his sandwich…
- When Walt and Mike are having a drink in a bar, Walt orders his drink neat (without ice), while Mike orders his drink on the rocks. In a later episode, after Walt has killed Mike, Hank offers Walt a drink, which he asks for on the rocks.
- In the flash forward scene at the beginning of season 5 there are a couple things. One that could be seen as foreshadowing based on all of the other instances. The scene where Walt is eating at the Denny’s on his birthday, he arranges the bacon on his plate to indicate his age. In the very first season, Skyler does the same thing on his 50th birthday. So does this mean that Walt is going to kill Skyler? Also in that flash forward scene, Walt is driving a Volvo, which is the same car that Gus Fring was driving around… and obviously this is all after Walt killed Gus.
- Continuing the Gus Fring easter eggs. I believe it’s the 1st episode of the 2nd half of season 5, Walt’s cancer has come back and he’s back in chemo. Because of the Chemo treatments there is a scene in his bathroom where he turns on the faucet, folds up a towel and places is on the floor so he can kneel and throw up. Gus Fring did the exact same thing when he poisoned the cartel in a previous season.
I don’t know if all of this means that Walt is going to kill Skyler. As we saw in a recent episode, he tries to protect her by screaming at her over the phone while the cops are at their house, after he kidnapped Holly and took off. By not mentioning what his “job” actually is or how he was making his money, he’s protecting Skyler by making the cops think that he’s controlling and manipulative. So when everything does come out, it won’t look like she was actively helping. So if she does die, I don’t think it’s going to be on purpose or pre-meditated.
2. “Wyr Up”
- At the beginning of the 2nd half of season 5, Walt and Jesse agree to meet out in the dessert as long as Saul is out there to make sure nothing happens. Saul’s license plate on his car says “LWYRUP”, obviously because he’s a lawyer. But the way that Jesse and Walt are standing against the car makes it appear as though it says “WYRUP” or “wire up”. Which could allude to the fact that one of them will be wearing a wire for the police and turning on the other. We know now that it is Jesse that goes to Hank and the DEA to try and put an end to Walt’s evil ways, so was it pure coincidence or was the license plate there to tell us something…
3. Walt is not going to make it out of the show alive
- I can’t recall the exact episode, but there’s a point where Walt is in the Gus Fring lab and a reflection off of something puts a red dot on his head. I believe there’s also a few other times where a red dot appears on Walt’s head, not having to do with a gun.
- A screenshot from the 2nd half of season 5 (above) shows Walt looking at the bullet hole in his gas tank after the firefight in the desert that leaves Hank dead. The bullet hole holds directly on Walt’s forehead for a couple beats before cutting away.
- In season 3, Walt Jr. is talking to Walt about a book that Hank gave him about Pablo Escobar and the guys who brought him down. Pablo Escobar died the day after his birthday, which could bring us back to the flash forward scene in the diner where Walt is rearranging the bacon on his plate to indicate his birthday.
4. Walter Jr. Is Going to Die
- This isn’t my prediction, but I read it somewhere and thought it was pretty interesting. If someone can find the source let me know. There was an evidence bag with “Gutierrez” written on it that contains a roofing hammer. The english translation of “Gutierrez” is “son of Walter”… I don’t know if it means anything at all or if it’s too far fetched, but I thought it was interesting enough to mention.
5. Walt’s Original Pants in the Desert
- When Walt is rolling his barrel full of money through the desert, near the end of season 5, away from the gruesome murder scene, his original pants that he lost in the very first episode can be seen in the background.