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10 Things We Learned From "Breaking Bad" Creator Vince Gilligan's Reddit AMA

Pollos Hermanos might be coming to a town near you!

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1. Bryan Cranston was the biggest prankster on set.

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"He loved to tease Aaron Paul mercilessly. This came about after I told Aaron Paul early in the series that I had planned to kill off his character. From then on, every time a new script came out, Bryan would hurry to read it first so he could put on a sorrowful face and say to Aaron, “Gee buddy, I’m so sorry. You’re going out with a bang, at least.” And Aaron, God bless him, seemed to fall for it every time."

2. Huell is fine (as far as Vince knows).

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3. Aaron Paul was exactly what Vince wanted in an actor to play Jesse Pinkman. Jesse's character changed throughout the series to reflect Paul's own personal quirks.

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4. Gilligan doesn't think his work is over interpreted.

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"The short answer is no. That’s because I view people interpreting Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul very closely as the highest form of flattery."

5. Pollos Hermanos might become a real restaurant (!!!)

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6. The idea for Breaking Bad came from a joke told to him by fellow writer Tom Schnauz.

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"I was on a phone call with my best friend, Tom Schnauz, whose name you may recognize as a producer, writer and director on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. This was about 10 years ago -- he and I had been writers on The X-Files and we were both looking for writing jobs that were as good as that job, as we were both out of work at the time. He made the joke that we should put a meth lab in the back of an RV and travel America -- he was making a joke, but that really stuck with me. The idea of doing a show about a character that would do that seemed fun to explore -- and that was the inspiration, as it were."

7. Gilligan never anticipated the pizza-throwing scene would become such a cult moment.

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"It seemed like a fun thing to include in the episode at the time, but none of the writers of the series thought it would take on a life of its own."

8. The set used for Saul Goodman's office is now a country-western bar.

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Which could mean trouble for future episodes of Better Call Saul.

9. A fan once told Gilligan that his wife had gone into labor whilst watching Breaking Bad, but they stayed till the end of the show before going to hospital.

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10. Walter White's death affected Gilligan the most.

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With Mike's death coming in a close second.

You can read the whole AMA here.