When you’re a show as popular and influential as Vince Gilligan‘s Breaking Bad, every aspect of your story is ripe for analysis and debate, from how a scene was blocked to a pause in a dramatically delivered line — even the sociological significance of a pizza on a roof. Even inanimate objects take on a life and meaning of their own, as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Treasures of Popular Culture can attest to.
From Fonzi’s (Henry Winkler) leather jacket in Happy Days to Michael Jackson‘s Victory Tour fedora, artifacts from music, sports, and entertainment are on display as a reminder of the role pop culture plays in our lives, helping formulate our national identity and how we present ourselves on the world stage.
So with Entertainment Weekly reuniting the cast of the AMC series in honor of its 10th anniversary, the entertainment site took some time to pay respects to some of the props and other objects from the series’ run — so here are five of our personal highlights (and you can check out the other 10 at EW‘s post here):
Proud to say that I’m a huge fan of Danny Trejo, but his Tortuga was just a little too comfortable with the DEA. So one severed-head-on-a-turtle later, the cartels had sent a small, deafeningly loud and very deadly message to any other informants — and to Hank (Dean Norris) and his fellow DEA agents.
How great was Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White/Heisenberg? He made every middle-aged white guy think they could rock a porkpie hat and make it look righteously badass.
Ahh… that damn bell! As Hector, Mark Margolis was able to accomplish more as an actor with that bell than some actors could with a 20-page monologue. The notebook was Hector communicating via bell that he wanted to talk — but only to Hank. But as you can see above, what they got was anything but helpful — though it made Hector smile.
Everything’s connected — even when they may not seem like it. Example? Walt’s Gale (David Costabile)-inscribed copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and Hank’s need for toilet reading material. The Karmic collision between the two would result in the truth behind Heisenberg’s identity finally known.
In a series filled with big bads of all types, Madrigal’s Lydia (Laura Fraser) was a special kind: no interest in getting her hands dirty, yet no hesitation to order the deaths of anyone to keep her name (and those of her bosses) out of the headlines. The Stevia packet she used during her last meet-up with Walt came with an extra surprise: ricin. But by the time Walt informs her of his deadly revenge plan, it’s already too late: the sniffles have started.
— Better Call Saul (@BetterCallSaul) June 25, 2018
AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul returns for a fourth season on August 6th, 2018 — with both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul hosting panels at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on July 19th.