Hockey a harbinger for Breaking Bad?
The biggest twist of Breaking Bad’s final season wasn’t what many critics predicted, but that a hockey game made its way into a show primarily shot in the New Mexico desert.
For non-watchers, don’t worry — this will be as spoiler-free as possible. In Sunday’s penultimate episode of the series, a certain character went to a certain bar in a certain New England state.
A hockey game could be heard playing on the TV behind the bar and through snippets of play-by-play and color commentary, the hockey game has been identified thanks to the people over at SI’s Extra Mustard.
Through name drops of former University of Wisconsin players Tim Rothering, Kevin Granato and eventual NHL-er Mark Rycroft and Denver University goalie Stephen Wagner, the game has been identified as the Feb. 13, 1998 matchup between the Wisconsin Badgers and Denver Pioneers. Down 3-1 with just over six minutes to play in the third, Wisconsin would storm back to score six goals and win the game 7-4.
Avid fans of Breaking Bad know how creator Vince Gilligan rarely drops hints without later picking them back up, so does Wisconsin’s classic comeback foreshadow a possible redemptive series finale on Sept. 29? The certain character in the bar is clearly down in the proverbial third with not much time left for a comeback.