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8 Random Things We Learned From Breaking Bad

It seems impossible to not know about Breaking Bad. Whether you've just heard the buzz, watched one episode, or could be a champion in a trivia tournament -- you know about Breaking Bad. Here are 8 random things the drama taught us burqeños. 

1. The show did go on...sort of

It was time to say goodbye, but the cast couldn't quite do it.  So they made a two-hour documentary of the creation of the final season of Breaking Bad. This gave them a little more time to be together (see video below), and gave their fans a look at the series from behind the scenes--and probably gave Amazon.com a few extra bucks.

2. We loved the bad guy

There's probably no character since the vindictive and scheming Scarlett O'Hara (Gone with the Wind) that we have loved more than good guy/bad guy Walter White. Simple he's not. 

Here are a few questions if you're still trying to figure him out: 

1. Was White a good guy gone bad (turning to making meth for the sake of his family)? 

2. Or was he a really bad guy going good (turning to making meth for the sake of his family)? 

3. Was Walter White a survivor despite the fact that he died in the end? 

It seems that when we look at Cranston's multi-layered character, it raises more questions, especially since the series ended. And that's good.

3. Never give up

SONY CEO Michael Linton thought the idea for Breaking Bad was terrible.  

“So let me get this straight… This is about a high school chemistry teacher, middle-aged, children, he has cancer, decides to go off, and become a crystal meth dealer? That is the craziest and worst idea for a television show I’ve ever heard, and I don’t really care who writes it; that’s nuts.” 

The ratings [for the first season] were abysmal, and if it weren’t for the glowing reviews from television critics (and Bryan Cranston’s Emmy nod), the show might never have been renewed.

4. Stop lying to yourself

That's what Walter White taught us: At the end of the day--for good or bad--do what you love best.  And admit it...to yourself.  No one says it better than Sydney, Australia, screenwriter Jeremy Cassar:

"There are a lot of things Walt did last night [the last episode] to redeem himself in our eyes. And many would argue he didn’t deserve that redemption. That Walt should have gone out hated.  [My] favorite redemptive moment was when Walt was, at long last, honest with his wife and with himself. He wasn’t doing this for his family (at least not primarily) he was doing it because it made him feel alive. And if you think back to The Walking Dead version of Walt we met in the pilot (pre-diagnosis), this confession to Skyler feels true. And after five seasons of half-truths, blatant lies and continual delusions, it was nice to hear." 

5. Did we ever figure out what "Felina" meant?

Felina: A lot of people thought Felina meant the breakdown of the word into its basic chemical elements, as featured in the above photo.

But someone came out with a new theory:  It's a reference  to a song called “El Paso” by Marty Robbins.  "The the song played as Walt got up the wherewithal to drive to New Mexico," says blogger Joanna Robinson.

"Just get me home,' he said to someone (God?), 'I’ll do the rest.' "

The pertinent lyrics are as follows: 

I saddled up and away I did go, 

Riding alone in the dark. 

Maybe tomorrow 

A bullet may find me. 

Tonight nothing’s worse than this 

Pain in my heart. 

According to Robinson, "The song tells the story of a man who narrowly escaped with his life only to return for the love of a woman, Felina. Walt hums it again later as he’s assembling his gun-bot." 

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel

A deep burning pain in my side…

One little kiss and Felina, good-bye.

6. Behind every good show...


There's a woman.  And the woman of the Breaking Bad series was: Michelle MacLaren.

"Some of the most testosterone-filled [violent] and operatic moments of Breaking Bad came from [this] unsung hero of the show’s most skilled director of action. MacLaren’s deft handling of tension and tone makes her more than a director to watch (she’s already overseen some of your favorites, like the Game Of Thrones episodes), and it’s only a matter of time before she’s running her own show."  So says Jeremy Cassar, Australian screenwriter.

7. "All bad things must come to an end."

Bryan Cranston is not the brooding Walter White we know and love.  The actor has a zany sense of humor.  When the filming of the last episode got a bit too emotional for the cast, Cranston gave a lift to the job by dropping his shorts.

8. Dying characters don't fade away; they die and get buried

The good citizens of ABQ really held a funeral for Water White, and this tombstone was placed in a local cemetery.  Things got a bit controversial when people began tramping all over real graves to get take a last look at White's epitaph.  The last thing heard was that the tombstone was going to be moved to a commercial area where people could more feely look at their hero's resting place.