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?
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.
Throughout the second season, several episodes began with dramatic shots of a pink teddy bear, blown apart by what we later discover is an airplane collision. Like a film student thesis, these cold opens are purposely obtuse and don't really add up to much -- until you take their episode titles together. In order, the episodes in which the teddy bear opens the show: "Seven-Forty-Seven" "Down" "Over" "ABQ" -- as in, the 737 aircraft that exploded over Albuquerque.
That's just the beginning. The little pink spectre of death haunts the cast everywhere. Like the shop that Walt walks into in his birthday suit.
Lots-O can also be seen hanging out in the top right corner of the painting in Jane's room.
If you squint, you can even make out a pink dot near the top of this tree, outside Jesse's car.
But the pink bear isn't content to watch over everyone like a benevolent plush god -- you can also see it in other things, and in people. This weird half-burned knick-knack in Gale's apartment resembles the bear:
And of course, that head also foreshadows the last moments of Gus.
And he's not even the last Harvey Dent on the list. In late season five, Jesse's face gets pretty mangled. One side in particular.
So basically, if you don't see a pink teddy bear once in a while, you are doomed to become the pink teddy bear, which may or may not involve your torture and/or imminent death.