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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Specifically the scene of Walt attacking the punks making fun of his son. On a first viewing? Catharsis Factor at its finest, as Walt grows a pair and takes on someone much bigger than him to defend his son. On rewatch? An early glimpse at the sadism Walt keeps hidden beneath the surface that gradually reveals itself across the series.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Played Straight. Like you're really going to have your protagonist commit Suicide by Cop in the first episode of the show. Much more so for people viewing the series in the years since its debut, since people who viewed it on the day it premiered might have imagined that the entire series was a How We Got Here story leading up to that point, but newer viewers will instantly work out from the fact that Walt has a full head of hair instead of his iconic bald-headed look that the episode won't be flashing back very far at all.
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