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Breaking Bad

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Transcript of Breaking Bad


Industry & Production
Text & Representation
Audience Reception
Actors
Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks, Laura Fraser, Jesse Plemons
Editors
Kelley Dixon, Skip MacDonald, Lynne Willingham

Costume designer
Kathleen Detero, Jennifer Bryan

Visual effects supervisor
Dennis Petersen
Industry
US box office
$3.5 million/episode (aceshowbiz.com)

DVDs
Entire series out on DVD
$10 million for Fourth season

U.S. & International TV
Basic cable on AMC
Race
In each season, the main villain has been a
person of color.
Tuco Salamanca – Mexican
Leonel and Marco Salamanca - Mexican
Gustavo Fring – Afro-Chilean
[Walter] White Supremacy?
According to Garland Grey of the Tiger Beatdown, the entire premise of the show is doused in white superiority.

What makes Walter White's brand of meth better than the competition? It's purity.

Next, one should ask, who is capable of making such a “pure” product?
Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Gale Boetticher – all white characters
Gender
Jesse Pinkman Meme
Walter White
Walter White has become one of the
most iconic characters in television
history. The character transforms from
an innocent, conscious, and naïve human being
to a ruthless, drug-dealing, Scarface-like monster.
A variety of memes and fan-created content
have been used on the Internet and in the real
world in reference to the character’s background
and story.
Walter White = Hal Wilkerson?
Toys
Lego-like construction set of the RV
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
The amount of people killed in the series is
disproportionately people of color

Most of the deaths that occurred
in the show were inflicted by Walter White

This gives way to the idea of white
supremacy; that whites should (and can)
dominate people of color
Walter is often shown intimidating his wife,
Skyler, into doing what he wants--terrifying
her into laundering his "blood money" and preventing her from leaving
Walt's original plan for cooking meth
in the first place was to be a provider
for his wife and children
Because Walt is always away working,
Skyler is left to take care of Walter Jr. and Holly.
She must be their protector.
Producer & director
Vince Gilligan
Screenwriters
Vince Gilligan, Thomas Schnauz, Peter Gould, George Mastras, Sam Catlin, Gennifer Hutchison, Moira Walley-Beckett, John Shiban,
Patty Lin
Revenues
Expenses
Production
Star & director salaries
Cranston - $3.6 million
Soundtrack
Theme song created
by Dave Porter
Cross-promotional tie-ins
Alcoholic beverages named after show
Production company
High Bridge Entertainment
--Gran Via Production
--Sony Pictures Television
Jessiccah Everett
Adam Chaves
Carter Johnson
Amra Ikic
The characters of the show have received a lot of recognition and praise among the show’s fans. The characters’ actions and lines have since been used, referenced, and parodied repeatedly on the Internet.
Throughout most of the series, Jesse Pinkman could often be heard humorously tacking on the word “bitch” to many of his phrases and lines.

This has spawned many memes and fan-created content using various quotes containing the word or even the word itself to convey feelings of excitement, accomplishment, and anger.
Some popular parody theories created by fans
of the series involves actor Bryan Cranston’s former
role in the early-2000s sitcom
Malcolm in the Middle
.

Cranston played Hal, the father of three children. While
there are many variations of the theory, one of the most
popular variations consists of Cranston’s
Breaking Bad

character, Walt, going into a witness protection program. The program consists of Walt relocating, renaming himself as
Hal, remarrying, and starting a new family –
the family portrayed in
Malcolm in the Middle
.
Skyler White Criticism
Skyler White has been the subject
of much criticism and annoyance from
fans due to her actions towards Walt, her
“nagging,” and her hypocrisy. Many fans took
the opportunity to create memes detailing her
actions and hypocrisy, along with using the
Internet as a means to convey their annoyance
with the character.
Meth Damon
Todd Alquist is a character portrayed by
Jesse Plemons that appears in season 5.
Todd is ruthless yet reserved, and he becomes
associated with Walt’s meth empire.

Fans of the series noticed that the actor/character
closely resembled the actor Matt Damon, and due
to the character’s meth dealings, fans popularly nicknamed the character “Meth Damon.”
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