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St.George's avatar

Please refresh my memory. How did Walt get the name Heisenberg?

Asked by St.George (5852points) September 2nd, 2012

In Breaking Bad, how did Walter White, come to be known by the name Heisenberg.

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fremen_warrior's avatar

He just came up with it, and introduced himself to someone like this once.

St.George's avatar

Okay. But why “Heisenberg?”

fremen_warrior's avatar

No particular reason, far as I can remember. Later on it just stuck with the DEA and the dealers.

_Whitetigress's avatar

Well the writer probably wanted to go the German route instead of the typical Italian drug dealer route.

fremen_warrior's avatar

Actually it sounds somewhat Jewish, what with the whole ”-berg” ending and all.

_Whitetigress's avatar

@fremen_warrior If I’m not mistaken, there were a lot of Jewish people living in Germany even before Hitler’s regime. And Berg just so happened to be a state in Germany/Rhineland. Perhaps that’s where Berg is from.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Walt confronts Tuco – using the alias “Heisenberg”, after Werner Heisenberg, the author of the Uncertainty principle – and demands $50,000 for the drugs and Jesse’s pain and suffering; after Walter uses an explosive crystal of fulminated mercury to nearly blow up Tuco’s office, Tuco agrees to the proposal and they form a lucrative, albeit, unstable partnership.[20][21] Source(Breaking_Bad)

LuckyGuy's avatar

It comes from the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Any chemist or physicist would know of it. He was making a bit of a joke with the double meaning. As usual it was very clever.

St.George's avatar

Thank you.

fremen_warrior's avatar

@_Whitetigress what has this got to do with anything?

El_Cadejo's avatar

This video explains a lot.

Amazing fuckin show isnt it? Can’t wait till next season aghhhhh

LuckyGuy's avatar

@uberbatman That show is fantastic. I’ve never seen anything like it. I was aware of the uncertainty and duality but never noticed the mirrors and reflections. Thank you.

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El_Cadejo's avatar

@LuckyGuy yea there is a ton of symbolism in that show. They also do a lot with color. Like certain characters always wear certain colors depending on whats going on.

Going to be sad to see it end next year but I’d rather them wrap up TVs greatest show nicely instead of just drag it on forever.

El_Cadejo's avatar

The last episode was called Gliding Over All, the name of a poem from Walt Whitmans’ Leaves of Grass. The final line of the poem is “Deaths, many deaths I’ll sing”. Brillant.

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