I have a soft spot for characters who have troubled pasts and seem like terrible people until you get to know them but horrible things keep happening to them so basically your heart is constantly broken by loving them.
“I wish Jesse’s teeth had been a little more realistic, a little more messed up. Aaron Paul has perfect teeth, and Jesse Pinkman, on the other hand smoked a lot of meth, and that smoke eats the enamel right off the teeth. Furthermore, this poor kid got beat up two or three times a season, and his teeth were still absolutely perfect .So if we could’ve done a little something to them… but on the other hand, Aaron is such a good-looking guy that maybe that counts as poetic license that we kept his teeth looking nice.” (Vince Gilligan)
The episode title refers to the poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, which recounts the crumbling legacy of a once-proud king. Over the course of the episode, most of the main characters fall to their knees out of grief, in comparison to the poem. At the end of the fifth episode of Talking Bad, Vince Gilligan emphasized the line: “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” in reference to Walt and his fallen empire.
JESSE PINKMAN I eat a lot of frozen stuff. It’s usually pretty bad. I mean, the pictures are always so awesome, you know? It’s like, ‘Hell yeah, I’m stoked for this lasagna!’ And then you nuke it, and the cheese gets all scabby on top, and it’s like… it’s like you’re eating a scab… I mean, seriously, what’s that about? It’s like, yo, what ever happened to truth in advertising?