The science of Breaking Bad: End Times

Breaking Bad | Season 4 | Episode 12 | “End Times”

Walt and Jesse work out their differences, for now.

Walt and Jesse work out their differences, for now.

The writers stun us yet again with an episode packed full of tension, shocks and twists. There’s only a little science, but that’s forgiveable for such great television.

You can read more about this episode at AMC, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

Random thoughts

Walt is making a remotely-triggered pipe bomb in his kitchen, presumably with at-hand or easily-sourced materials. It’s impossible to tell exactly what he’s cooking up, but we do know that he’s made very high explosives in the past.

Elements in the credits

Breaking Bromine
Bad Barium
Created Chromium
Bryan Cranston Bromine
AnNa Gunn Sodium
AAron Paul Argon
DeaN Norris Nitrogen
Betsy Brandt Beryllium
RJ MitTe Tellurium
BOb Odenkirk Oxygen
Giancarlo Esposito Einsteinium
JonAthan Banks Astatine
Steven MicHael Quezada Hydrogen
Emily RiOs Osmium
Ray CamPbell Lead
Mike BaTayeh Tantalum
Kelley Dixon Potassium
Mark FreeboRn Radon
MiChael Slovis Carbon
Dave Porter Polonium
Sharon Bialy Sulfur
Sherry Thomas Thorium
BrYan Cranston Yttrium
Diane MerCer Cerium
Moira Walley-Beckett Molybdenum
Thomas SchnAuz Gold
George Mastras Germanium
PeTer Gould Tellurium
Sam Catlin Calcium
Melissa Bernstein Beryllium
MicHelle MacLaren Helium
Mark JOhnson Oxygen
StewArt A. Lyons Argon
THomas Schnauz Holmium
Moira Walley-Beckett Tungsten
Vince Gilligan Vanadium

4 Responses to The science of Breaking Bad: End Times

  1. Harteck says:

    Walter uses ammonium nitrate from Instant-Coldpack´s.
    You can see the bags in the Scene where he´s cooking that grey stuff.
    Btw Great Blog

  2. galo says:

    Im not really sure why he heats it in the kitchen

  3. Compizfox says:

    I think he has made the pipe bomb out of ANFO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANFO). He gets the ammonium nitrate from the cold packs.

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