Vince Gilligan Finally Explained The Great Unsolved ‘Breaking Bad’ Mystery

Breaking Bad‘ is a show packed to the gills with mystery and intrigue. But while the more interesting stuff served as the central focus of the show, some of the other little things got glossed over.

Show creator Vince Gilligan took part in a wildly interesting Reddit AMA overnight and, among other things, he finally, at long last blew the lid off of one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in show history:
How the writing team got around explaining how and why Walter White had an unsliced pizza.
You know the one: the lynchpin of Walter White‘s glorious moment of suburban fury that launched a thousand GIFs.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that the only way a pizza can be hurled up onto a roof and remain intact is if it were unsliced, despite the fact that no self-respecting pizza joint would willingly serve up a full pizza with no slices in it; less an actual pizza and more a giant Italian taco, if you well.
Gilligan explained the scientific forces at work that would prevent a pizza in sections from arriving at its lofty destination whole:

“As all you physicists know, a thrown, sliced pizza would come apart due to centrifugal force or angular momentum (or something like that).”

So how do you get around the fact that your pizza is clearly unsliced and still keep an iconic shot in the episode?

You retroactively add a psychopathic pizza joint that serves unsliced ‘zas as a cost-cutting measure into the show’s universe in a later episode, as it turns out.
In season four, a year after the original pizza tossing episode, Badger and Skinny Pete get a pizza from the same place (Venezia‘s) delivered to Jesse‘s party, where they discuss the unsliced nature of the food and how that’s the restaurant’s whole gimmick.

Gilligan explained that that scene was deliberately written in to the show in order to both explain Walter’s pizza incident, and quell any potential grumbling from nit-picking fans:

“We had a long discussion before we shot the pizza on the roof scene about whether or not the pizza should be sliced… no self-respecting pizza parlour sells an unsliced pizza. So we figured we needed to explain it (in the “They pass the savings on to you” scene), or else face our audience’s righteous wrath!”

So there you have it, folks. Everything is deliberate. Even pizza.

Other revelations from the wildly interesting online Q&A included all-but confirming that Walter really is dead:

“Sure looked that way to me!”

Bob Odenkirk and Bryan Cranston really are great comedic performers, but the best on-set ad-lib came from behind the camera:

“The all-time best improv from Breaking Bad…the one that instantly springs to mind…was when, in the episode “Four Days Out,” Aaron Paul said the line “A robot?”

The credit for that line goes to Nick, our 1st AC. Just brilliant!”

The idea to turn Hank bad after he discovers the true identity of “WW” was at least floated by the writers:

“You know, every idea was fair game for discussion in the writers’ room. So the idea of Hank becoming a bad guy probably was floated at one point or another, but I couldn’t swear to it in a court of law. However, we wouldn’t have talked about it for long, because it just seemed to us that Hank was too much of a straight-arrow to go for that.”

Jesse, ultimately, winds up being happy beyond the end of the series, but that’s a conclusion that you as a viewer need to arrive at for yourself:

“It really is up to the individual viewer, however. There is no definitive answer, and it was left that way on purpose so that you guys could come up with the ending for Jesse that you saw fit. And for me, that ending was…ultimately…peace.”

And finally, this absolutely cracking piece of advice for any bourgeoning writer struggling to balance ambition and ability:

“I think the trick is to find inspiration from your own work. To be inspired by the act of writing and creating in and of itself, rather than to focus solely on some ambiguous “success” that may or may not come of it.
I know that’s easier said than done – we all want our work to be read and loved, and we all strive for fame and success. That’s only human nature, and to deny it would be disingenuous. Still, if we can learn to love the act of writing, and if we can appreciate and be proud of the work that we do — whether it sells or not — then we’ve truly achieved something profound. Something with deeper meaning.
Hang in there! If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.”

Now that we’ve got ‘Breaking Bad‘ ticked off, can we get a scientific exploration of all instances of pizza in major entertainment properties? Pls and thank you.

Source: Reddit.
Photo: Breaking Bad/AMC.