“Albuquerque has meant the world for Breaking Bad. I can’t imagine Breaking Bad being anywhere else. I can’t imagine the show would be nearly as interesting as it is if it were set anywhere else. Just the cinematography and the look of the show. When I think of Albuquerque, I think of clouds, just those beautiful floating cumulus clouds. The skies. These are skies you just don’t see in Southern California. You really get the depth and the sense of scale in the desert in Albuquerque. On days when I’m out there on the set, the first thing I do is look out the window. If it’s a day with no clouds, I get really upset! I think about the Sandias and about this great city that I’ve grown to love.”
Fun Factoids: This episode was shot as a bottle episode and had a name with a double meaning, “4 Days Out.” A bottle episode is usually shot using only the main characters and just one location, most commonly to save time and money. The average break down for filming a single episode consists of 5 days filming on location and 3 days filming on their sound stage at the Q Studios. The “4 Days” refers to the time Walt and Jesse spent stranded in the desert and the length of time Walt has to wait to receive his test results, but also refers to the 4 days they filmed “out” on location and 4 days at the studio. Ironically, although intended to save money, this episode was the most expensive to make since the pilot.