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A Mile Long Breaking Bad Blog!

For some, five seasons was not a long enough run for the hit AMC series "Breaking Bad!" So you think you're a die-hard, how many of the 10 Things You Didn't Know About "Breaking Bad" did you know?

#1. John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were both offered the role of Walter White, but both actors passed.

#2. AMC had reservations about casting Bryan Cranston as Walt, as they really only recognized him from "Malcolm in the Middle." To convince them otherwise, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan showed AMC executives an episode of "The X-Files" in which Cranston plays a troubled racist who's head is on the verge of exploding. "That was all it took," claimed Gilligan, who also wrote that episode while working as a writer and producer for "The X-Files."

#3. Aaron Paul's character of Jesse Pinkman was originally supposed to die at the end of the first season. Vince Gilligan told Paul he changed his mind because he liked Jesse and Walt's chemistry, but Paul still felt very nervous that Jesse "could die at any moment" from then on. Cranston, fully aware of Paul's vulnerability, would use this fact to play practical jokes on the set. "Bryan would come up and give me a hug and say, 'I'm not going to say anything but it was such a pleasure working with you. It's been an amazing past year-and-a-half, and you have a huge career ahead of you,'" Paul remembers.

#4. Zombie drama "The Walking Dead" gave a friendly nod to its fellow AMC series "Breaking Bad" in a second season episode titled "Bloodletting." In it, a character named Daryl pulls out a sack of drugs and painkillers, and Walter White's blue methamphetamine is clearly visible at the bottom. "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman called it "a little Easter egg we were doing for AMC fans."

#5. Sony Pictures Television and Teleset are currently working on a Spanish language remake of "Breaking Bad" to air on Univision. Called "Metástasis," the show will star Diego Trujillo (as Walter Blanco) and Roberto Urbina (as Jose Miguel Rosas).

#6. In season one, Walt and Jesse dissolve a body (and a bathtub, and a floor) with gallons of hydrofluoric acid, which they later use to dissolve more bodies, and even a dirt bike. But on an episode of "Mythbusters," the hosts pretty much determined that hydrofluoric acid — although dangerous and possibly lethal — couldn't do anything close to that.

#7. During an interview on "The Howard Stern Show," Bryan Cranston revealed that DEA chemists actually taught him the exact process for cooking meth in preparation for some of his scenes — but he claimed he never actually got to cook it. Stern didn't believe him, and questioned him about how his "batch" turned out. "Well, I made one with and one without nuts," Cranston joked.

#8. Before ending up on AMC, Vince Gilligan and Sony Pictures Television pitched "Breaking Bad" to HBO, TNT and FX, who actually bought the series, then passed after reading over the first script. FX president John Landgraf said that FX didn't need another show with a male anti-hero, after already having "The Shield," "Nip/Tuck" and "Rescue Me." (Gilligan also says that TNT's execs looked at each other and said, "If we bought this, we'd be fired.")

#9. During filming for "The Avengers," Samuel L. Jackson wanted to make a cameo appearance on "Breaking Bad" as a customer in the Pollos Hermanos chicken restaurant — completely in character as Nick Fury. "The Avengers" was shooting at a nearby studio to "Breaking Bad," so Jackson thought it would be fun to quickly walk into a shot wearing his Nick Fury costume. But the producers wouldn't allow it. "I just wanted to order a three-piece and really freak people out," Jackson joked.

#10. Bob Odenkirk, who plays bus-bench lawyer Saul Goodman, says he doesn't know how the show will end. "I did not read the last episode and a half. Wherever I was not in it, I did not read it," he told Rolling Stone. "Not only did I not read the parts I was not in, I put them in the trash in my e-mail, and then I deleted my trash." The reason? Odenkirk such a fan, he doesn't want to spoil it for himself.

And here's 22 More Things You Never Knew About The Show!

Here's what the cast and celebs tweeted last night:

Bryan Cranston's Sunday Tweet of the Day: “Well, this is it. The last episode ever of Breaking Bad. Thank you for sharing this ride with me. Without you we never would have lasted''

Ellen DeGeneres: #BreakingBad ends tonight. No more murderous drug dealers and horrifying criminals. I miss it already.

Octavia Spencer: @BryanCranston Amazing iconic character! Sad to see him go! Congrats #WalterWhite Best. Show. Ever #BreakingBad @aaronpaul_8 Way to go out like the champ you are! Brilliant show! Thanks #BreakingBad #BryanCranston

Don Cheadle: #BreakingBad Salute!

Melissa Gilbert: Oh my God! My whole house went dark during last 5 minutes of @BreakingBad_AMC . My DVR jumped from the phone conversation to the end

Rosie O'Donnell: u know when u see a great movie and the crowd claps - or on b way when u stand up - i wish the #BreakingBad cast n crew could feel that now

Seth Meyers: Thanks, Breaking Bad.


And just in case you need it, here's the series finale recap: Walter steals an unlocked car and just narrowly avoids police, who are out looking for him. He heads to Gretchen and Elliot's home where he lays $9 million in cash in front of them. Walter wants them to give it to his kids. If not, he'll have them killed. Walter arranges a meeting at the meth lab, telling Jack he wants to do business with him. When Walter arrives, Jack's goons frisk him and take him inside. Just when Jack is about to have Walter shot, Walter accuses Jack of partnering with Jesse. Jack has Jesse brought in in chains to prove to Walter that they're not partners. Jack knocks Jesse to the floor, pretending to attack him. Walter pushes a button on his remote control. The trunk to his car opens and a machine gun starts spraying bullets hitting everyone except for Jesse and Todd. After the bullets stop, Jesse strangles Todd and Walter shoots a wounded Jack in the head. Walter then tries to get Jesse to kill him, but Jesse tells Walter he'll have to do it himself and takes off in his car. Walter goes over to Todd’s body and finds his ringing phone. It's Lydia. Walter answers and tells her it’s all done and that Todd is gone and so is everyone else. Walter tells her he spiked her drink earlier that day with ricin and then says goodbye to her. Walter just stands there and looks at his bleeding bullet wound. He then goes into the meth lab and takes a look around as the police are coming up the driveway. Walter picks up a gas mask and smiles. The police arrive and find Walter's dead body in the lab.

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