Breaking Bad Full of Good Nicknames

Breaking Bad Full of Good Nicknames

Great shows deserve and earn characters with good nicknames. Even if you happen to be one of those outliers who have not binge-watched arguably the best show in the history of television, Breaking Bad is full of good ones. And for hard-core fans of the show, it would have a completely different vibe if “Skinny Pete” was named Bill Smith.
The astute producers of the show were well aware of the added appeal of giving the right characters the right nickname. And true to form, they pretty much nailed every one. Beyond “Skinny Pete’s” nickname being right on the mark, there are close to another dozen nicknames in the show, depicting key characters whose roles and popularity would have been significantly diminished, had they been given a less appealing nickname.
There is “Old Joe” in the junkyard. And of course who could forget the ┬ábelling-ringing and wheel-chair bound :Tio”? Or how about “Krazy-8″ and “Tuco” and “No Doze” and “Badger”? Even the nicknames of “Spooge” and “Combo” and “Gonzo” added an appeal and dimension to the show that was second to none, and created a certain bond with the character that would have had less impact without their nickname.
Like everything else related to Breaking Bad, the show’s writers and producers were very discerning in their judgments about how to leverage the great and insightful appeal of the right nickname at the right time. Right on.
As Walter White always said: “It’s time to cook.”

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