We’ll learn what happens to Walter, Jesse, and the gang when the final episodes of Breaking Bad begin airing on Sunday, but what has become of the Hazmat suits, that pork pie hat, and the other trademark props and costumes from the AMC series now that filming has wrapped?
EW talked to Breaking Bad production designer Mark Freeborn to find out.
“I think there’s [been] some gifting of small pieces [to cast members], but mainly the elements have remained intact and will be stored,” Freeborn told EW as filming came to an end back in April. “Some of the stuff is so iconic to the show that I know they’ll want to make use of it.”
True to Freeborn’s prediction, key items – including those now infamous Hazmat suits, the pink teddy bear, and that copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass – are now on display at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. Visitors can view the “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in Breaking Bad” exhibit until October 27.
Click on for a sneak peek at some of the weird and wonderful stuff on display in the Breaking Bad exhibit.
When a series comes to an end, props and costumes are usually placed in rental houses so that other productions can make use of them. But really, how often does a meth lab come in handy? Bizarre items like Walter’s drug-making paraphernalia, his tighty whities – which he wore the first time he cooked up a batch of crystal meth – and loose strands of his hair – which fell out during his chemotherapy treatments – were shipped from the New Mexico set to New York City for the Breaking Bad exhibit, which also features behind-the scenes footage from the show.
“Much to my surprise, this [show] has had the biggest buzz of anything I’ve ever worked on,” said Freeborn. “Breaking Bad belongs to Albuquerque, however dark it may be. It’s their show and they’re proud of it.” Among the costumes on display are the Oxford shirt and khaki pants worn by Walter white, and the pork pie hat, green shirt and black jacket favored by his alter-ego, Heisenberg.
What about all those crappy cars? While Walter and Jesse’s RV – their meth lab on wheels – made a recent appearance at the Breaking Bad finale premiere in Los Angeles last month, Freeborn said that the production used approximately fifty cars over the course of five seasons, including two versions of Jesse’s red Toyota Tercel. “We had cause to have a second [Tercel] because we needed one for camera mounts… [but] we never used it,” the designer remembered. “We gave it back to the people we rented it from, they immediately jacked the price up and tried to profit [by selling it]. It’s flattering, but it’s also a pain in the butt.”
The final eight episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad begin airing on Sunday, August 11 at 9/8c.