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Trivia / Breaking Bad S1E1 "Pilot"

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  • What Could Have Been:
    • An interview with Dean Norris in 2013 suggests that Hank was more racist towards Gomez in the original pilot script, as in, there were even Middle-Eastern references.
    • That scene in the pilot where Walt eats lunch alone in a teacher's lounge. If it seems a bit out of place, it’s because it had to be condensed from the first version of the script. Originally, this scene was meant to introduce us to Margaret, another science teacher who has a semi-flirtatious relationship with Walt, but the character was written entirely out of the script by the time the final version was published. In the final version, it creates an image in our minds of Walt being lonely and isolated, deserving of sympathy. It’s important for this seed to be planted early, given the big event that Walt goes home to later in the episode.