There is only one more week left until Breaking Bad is over, so there are precious few stories left for the Internet to blast at anyone not mired in Easter egg fatigue. So many details have been parsed and dissected and researched that no stone has been left unturned by the post-mortem scramble the day after. And to prove that point, here are two more Easter eggs from last night’s “Granite State” that popped up around the Internet.
First, Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard blog did the heavy lifting on tracking down the hockey game playing in the bar where Walt uses a pay phone to call his son. (Honestly, if you were so distracted by a 15-year-old hockey game during that scene, you’re watching the wrong show.) It was a game between UW-Madison and the University of Denver—two perennially successful college hockey programs—from back in 1998, which confirms Robert Forster’s assessment that there’s only a one-horse town near Walt’s remote cabin.
And second, from that same scene, Walt’s pride flares up after seeing former Gray Matter partners Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz interviewed by Charlie Rose. But in a passing aside as Rose questions whether their new charitable endeavor is in response to Walt’s infamy, he references a New York Times column by financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. On DealBook this afternoon, Sorkin was kind enough to furnish the fictional column, with all the tidbits of Gray Matter’s backstory from the early seasons.