The creators of Breaking Bad are really patient. Some of production team's finer details seem innocuous at first, but like a sniper they'll wait until just the right moment to blow your mind. Above, you can see a frantic Walt rolling his money barrell in season five. It's such a harrowing episode that you'd be forgiven for missing what's going on in the foreground. It's just a pair of khakis blowing by, like a Salvation Army tumbleweed. Pretty random, right? If you were watching Friday the 13th XII: Ernest Goes to Camp Crystal Lake and saw an Arby's bag float behind Jason just before he guts a teen, you'd probably chalk that up to the rich world-building that the series is known for. But that's not how Breaking Bad works. Let's flash back to the opening minutes of the very first episode of season one:
Yep, those are the same pants, thrown with wild abandon by a mustachioed Walter "Danger" White during his initial meth-fueled adventure. He leaves the pants in the dust, so to speak, presumably so one day they could roll in front of the camera and symbolize how far Walt has come while also staying in the same place.
But hey, it could be a coincidence. It's not like anyone would go as far as to directly reference a minor detail several years beforehand. Then again, the director of the episode did tweet out this behind-the-scenes photo.
The people responsible for Breaking Bad don't do anything by accident. That's why you should never second guess yourself when you see something like...
In season four, Jesse visits the hospital because his surrogate son Brock has been secretly poisoned by Hal from Malcolm in the Middle. It looks like a well-scouted location, but that tile floor seems a touch conspicuous. If you're reading this article, you definitely recognize the significance of two adjacent green squares.
The creators say this was accidental, that the symbol of their show just "happened" to appear in clear view of the camera. Like we're supposed to believe that from the people who gave us this:
When it comes to a show with so many easter eggs, it becomes hard to separate the intentional from the imaginary. Bear with me on this next one.
Oh Gale, that poor goofy bastard. Granted, he sort of signed on for cooking meth and the danger that entails, but the writers ensured that his death was little more than a vehicle for Walt and especially Jesse's struggle with guilt. That inner-strife permeates the rest of the series, even in subliminal details.
You can see it when Jesse's playing a video game with a plastic gun. It sort of plays out like a hammy advertisement for the long-forgotten Rage, but it also shows that Jesse is still having trouble wrestling with his sins. At one point, the in-game character turns the corner and you stare at this for a good second:
Flip that illegible graffiti around in a mirror and it clearly says "GALE" -- which would fit with the current the mindset of Jesse, who is punishing himself by re-living his biggest mistake, over and over again. And you know, playing Rage.
I know that sounds like a stretch, but check out Lydia's office:
Don't tell me that the name of the corporation "MadriGAL Electromotive GmbH" was painted on without any thought as to the most visible letters. Seriously, if this was an accident I would like to remain ignorant of any information to the contrary.
I've only been able to find two clear instances of "Gale" written backwards, but there's gotta be more, right? These things are like untimely deaths of celebrities or underwhelming movie franchises that unnecessarily stretch out a short fantasy novel -- they always come in threes. It's to the point where I'm seeing the letters everywhere, even in a shot like this:
Doesn't it look like "Gale" is spelled backwards with the cigarettes in the ashtray? It kind of looks like it's suggesting a hint that could resemble an implication of Gale. Right?
Alright, fine. Let's move on to the real stuff.