For instance, take a look at this photo again (Editor’s note: we’ve blurred part of this photo post-publication at the request of AMC and Sony)…
As previously noted, the “BOOM” card there is clearly a reference to what happens to Gus in the nursing home in the season finale, but there’s a card for episodes 12 and 13 concerning an abandoned subplot centered on Wendy — the prostitute who hangs out at that seedy motel early in the series — who cleans up and becomes born again. (We haven’t seen Wendy since the season three episode, “Half Measures.”) It also looks like there may have been a scene after Gus was blown up where Walt, Jesse, and Mike meet. “You blew up a good thing,” Mike would’ve said to Walt. And then Mike would’ve suggested to Walt that “No, it’s not over” yet, suggesting there were people above Gus, like Madrigal Electromotive, who would still pursue Walt.
Additionally, one card in the photo above shows that there was an early idea for a “Viking funeral” for Walt’s long-suffering Pontiac Aztec, which would’ve gotten the same point across that Walt eventually demonstrated when he sold the vehicle — that “Walter White” was dead and had been permanently replaced by “Heisenberg.” And the Ricin — unattached to an episode — clearly remains in play.
Meanwhile, the card below suggests, perhaps, that Walt had killed someone else — or that there was a different means for someone’s death — and that it involved Walt dumping a body into the ocean (this one is a head scratcher since I can’t recall any point in season four in which Walt was anywhere near an ocean, save for maybe Gus’s flashbacks to 1980s Mexico, but Walt wasn’t there for that).
This, however, is my favorite photo…
The first part of that top card — “Suitcase rolling over sand, Walt, blooded, walks alone in the desert” — probably refers to the moments after Gus confronts Walt in the desert in “Crawl Space” to warn him that Hank will need to be killed, and that it was only a matter of time before Jesse teams up with Gus, which prompted Walt to go to Saul and take up Saul’s offer to go into hiding. What could be in the suitcase? I have no idea.
But the second card — “Walt pays off man w/scar who took Brock. Mastermind Walt!” — suggests that at some point Vince Gilligan and the writers had planned something more obvious in regard to Brock, that Walt would’ve hired someone to abduct Brock and pin the blame on Gus. The direction that Gilligan chose to take, however, was not only more interesting, but more challenging to the audience. We didn’t know whether Gus or Walt was behind the poisoning of Brock, and in fact, didn’t know for sure until the very end of the season when we saw the Lily of the Valley plant in Walt’s backyard.
That is, in fact, why we love Breaking Bad so much: Gilligan put us in the same position as Jesse, not knowing who was behind Brock’s poisoning, and while an earlier idea made it obvious by showing Walt paying off the abductor, Gilligan chose to go with the more subtle shot of the Lily of the Valley plant, and let us draw the connection ourselves.
I want more like this!
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