Screenshot of Episode 412 from AMC’s show BREAKING BAD.
As a fan of the show and with Season 4 over, the speculations on the final 16 episodes are already all over the internet. You can read lots of great ideas (and even more not so), like for example on the AMC discussion boards themselves. Well, and reading some contributions there triggered something I want to share with the fans, the show’s staff and everybody else who might be interested.
SPOILER ALERT: bui – bui – bui…
Some people suggested, because Gus clearly must have business associates in Germany, that they would probably be really not amused about the situation with the superlab (and their great air-filter) destroyed, and payments out of schedule. So yes, there’s a chance for somebody to come and check out, what’s happening.
To put it in other words: Is Gilligan’s Island to face a Nazi invasion?
Don’t get me wrong, I am more than used to Germans being the villains. I even am German. We grew up watching movies stumbling over Nazi-villains everywhere. In fact as kids we had trouble finding someone who was willing to play the Nazi ourselves. So please try to surprise us for a change. That’s what we got to expect from a show like Breaking Bad. Don’t make it simple. But before I give you some mild suggestions, let me sum up the „German-Connection“-evidence in the show:
1) Let the name speak for itself. Gustavo Fring. Take out the „o“ and it could only be more German by adding a „s“ to the last name.
2) Chile. The forums mention Pinochett, and I point my finger to the better known „Boys From Brazil“, and the „twin„-experiments Dr. Mengele did there, or coming back to Chile, „Colonia Dignidad“ or people like Walter Rauff. Scary stuff. Let’s hope that the twin-card is not played. The cousins were enough on that matter.
3) Take the weird precision of „Gustav“-o-s behaviour as a hint for his possible over-cultural, prussian upbringing…
4) Los Pollos Hermanos. Come on, the Herman(n)s? Like in Herman(n) Munster?
5) Heisenberg. Ok, maybe a coincidence… but come on, in this show? Really? I don’t think so. Yes, it was funny for the scientist that Walt is to bring it up, but now I think it could be more than that.
Oh, and one more thing. Maybe it’s high time to contact the German feature film director who happens to be the grandson of Heisenberg, Benjamin Heisenberg – seriously. And even better: he would be perfect for Breaking Bad. Call him. Please. If you have doubts, check out his latest movie „the robber“ – I linked the subtitled trailer to his name.
6) The air-filter and it’s link to the Madrigal Electromotive GmbH.
7) The Madrigal Electromotive GmbH owning Los Pollos Hermanos and the industrial laundry. In other words, there’s major financial interest in the working business.
9) Hank is even referring to „Nazi Germany“ at the beginning of episode 412.
All coincidences? I don’t think so anymore. If it can’t be avoided, I would love to see real German actors. Come on, they managed to cast native Germans in MAD MEN (epidode 308), and in GAME OF THRONES, the fantastic Sibel Kekilli. It’s nice if their accent are really terrible, but at least their few words said in German are not fake. That matters. And you managed so well with the Spanish talking people, so please don’t let us native Germans down on this one. And as we happen to have great actors, I would like to recommend someone for consideration as a NMN – New Millennium Nazis / finance people, and as a variation on the bad guy dogma – let it be a woman. So far no man was able to bring down Walter White, so it’s only natural to have a female villain bring him down, or more precise: closer to bringing himself down. And there is one particular actress that comes to my mind, that can pull this off easily, without being only an evil-German-Mercedes-BMW-or-Audi-driving-Nazi-lawyer, but also smart and sexy at the same time:
Jeanette Hain. You know her from „The Reader“ as the girlfriend of Liam Neeson in the opening sequence. She is really great, and has a fantastic voice, too.
For your consideration. Or inspiration. Or whatever.
I do feel better now, having it out of my system.
Thanks for reading.