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62 Thing you didn’t know about BrBa (one for each episode)

05 - Gray Matter Ep 1x05

Walt is offered a solution to his immediate financial problems: His former Gray Matter business partners Gretchen and Elliott, who became billionaires after Walt left the company, offer to pay for his cancer treatment. But Walt declines. Gilligan says this was a pivotal moment for the writers in understanding this character they’d created, because Walt made a defining choice: He’d rather become a drug kingpin than accept what he considered charity.

In real life, no show has a happier ending than Breaking Bad.

6 Fan Ideas So Good They Were Adopted by the Creators

#6. A 16-Year-Old Fan Inspires the Breaking Bad Finale

The writers weren’t even planning to bring [Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz] back – until they heard from Kevin Cordasco. That’s the name of the 16-year-old with neuroblastoma whom showrunner Vince Gilligan called “our wonderful, number one fan.” When Gilligan visited Cordasco during his final months, he asked him if there was anything he felt the show needed. The fan replied, “I want to know more about Gretchen and Elliott. I want to know more about Walt’s backstory with them. I want to know what happened.”

Gilligan hadn’t thought about incorporating the characters into the plot, but Cordasco’s comment gave him pause. He’d been stumped trying to figure out how to get Walt out of hiding, but as he mulled over Cordasco’s suggestion, he discovered that the answer indeed lay with the Schwartzes.

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