You might remember the big musical montage in the eighth episode of the fifth season. To the tune of the Christian jingle "Crystal Blue Persuasion," Walt and Co. engage in a cycle of cooking meth and making money, over and over, completely ignoring the big downhill ski race they presumably should be training for. Because you're not a maniac, you probably weren't peering at every frame of that montage in hopes of finding an easter egg, but it's not like the Internet had anything better to do. You can always count on that someone, somewhere to sift through every episode of everything and pause at the right time.
Check out that screengrab up there. There's something off about the bag of money in the picture above. Do you see it? The $50 bill on the top looks normal, with Ulysses S. Grant looking like America's disappointed dad just as he always has. But that other $50 bill... that's not Grant at all. Who the hell is that guy?
Fuckin' Vince Gilligan. Of course. He knew fans were poring over every inch of every frame, so he put a little somethin'-somethin' in there for the die-hards. And you know, by the time the fifth season rolled around, the creator of Breaking Bad had to be stupid rich anyway. If you were responsible for one of the most popular shows of all-time, you'd probably put your face on money, too.
Walt Jr. gets off easy for most of the series. He's apparently blind to all the drugs, death and destruction going on around him. For years, his biggest hurdle was that one time in season two, when his mom got him regular Raisin Bran instead of the far superior Raisin Bran Crunch. God, mom.
But check out the kitchen scene in season five.
Is that Raisin Bran Crunch? Is that a smug look of satisfaction on Walt's face? Is this a sign that Walt has succeeded in building a better life for his family through the drug trade?
One of the worst things Walt ever did -- besides deporting migrant workers, betraying his friends, crashing a car with Hank inside, ordering Jesse to kill Gale, orchestrating several hit jobs, committing several murders and poisoning a child -- was the moment he decided to let Jane choke on her own vomit while he stood there and watched. His criminal negligence led to the mental breakdown of her father, an air traffic controller, which then led to a plane crash over the skies of Albuquerque.
But we should have seen it coming. Earlier in season 2, we see a cute scene in which Jesse is surprised to see Jane up and out of bed. The dialogue is a tad dark, in retrospect.
Well yeah Jane, he was expecting you to get up at some point. Only a depraved writer's room would know in advance that Jane would go on to sleep, choke on the regurgitated remains of the day's Funyuns, and never wake up.
It gets even more explicit. In the same episode that Jane dies, she aids Jesse by flipping him on his side so he doesn't choke on his own vomit while he's high.
Holly is not a baby drug addict, to my knowledge, and even so Skylar still turns her on her side, just in case.
This is the sort of thing that becomes obvious once you watch the show again. But the show did manage to slip in one more twist of the knife after the fact, in a flashback following Jane's death.
Ha ha get it? She does throw up in her mouth at the most inopportune time, causing her death! Aren't easter eggs a gas?