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The Saul Goodman Easter Egg You Never Noticed On Breaking Bad

There are numerous reasons why Breaking Bad has continued to be one of the most beloved television series of all time. The performances from the main cast are phenomenal. It provides a masterclass on how to build tension and suspense, and the series is filled with all kinds of Easter eggs that fans are still discovering to this day.

From the significance of colors that the characters wore to myriad callbacks to ancient minutiae, it feels like every choice on Breaking Bad serves a higher narrative purpose. Everyone from the writers to the directors clearly had an eye for detail. If you pause any single frame from the show, you may just discover something significant.

Redditor u/JakeHaydes seems to have found one pertinent detail that offers insight into everyone's favorite criminal defense attorney: Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The scene in question shows Walter White (Bryan Cranston) meeting with his legal counsel in season 5 episode 1, "Live Free or Die." If you look closely, you'll spot a callback to one of the most explosive events to ever happen on the series.

Saul Goodman has a book on aviation law, a reference to the Wayfarer explosion

The Easter egg relates to the book on aviation law sitting on Saul's desk. While it's easy to overlook, it suggests Saul's been reading up on how the law pertains to plane crashes in the aftermath of the Wayfarer disaster that took place in season 2 episode 13, "ABQ."

On the episodes preceding the big moment, viewers witnessed artsy sequences of fiery wreckage falling over Walter White's backyard. "ABQ" reveals that Jane Margolis' (Krysten Ritter) death caused her father, Donald (John de Lancie), who also happens to be an air traffic controller, to make a mistake while on the job, causing two planes to collide into one another while in the sky. 

It's amusing to think of Saul Goodman reading up on aviation law just in case the incident ever find its way back to Walt. Perhaps he's reading up to see who's ultimately liable in such an event. Another possibility is that Donald went to Saul for legal advice, since he's surely facing legal trouble for negligence related in the disaster. Ultimately, it could've just been a fun Easter egg put in by set dressers to remind viewers of the event that made Walt realize his actions have consequences with ripple effects throughout the world.