Holly: Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama.
Here we witness the death of Heisenberg. Once Holly said “Mama,” Heisenberg died and Walter took over. He swallowed his pride and called Skyler, he left Holly with the firemen, and he left his family (for their own good). Whatever happens going forward won’t be for the meth empire or money, it’ll be to avenge Hank’s death. Why? Because Hank is family and no one FUCKS with Mr. White’s family…
Q: Did the script really say: “HOLLY: [cries] Mama! Mama!”? Because that baby delivered.
Moira Walley-Beckett: We got very, very lucky, didn’t we Rian? We got lucky because that was a shaky moment for the baby. It’s a stressful situation for little kids. It was not scripted. She was looking at her mom off-stage and started saying that at the exact moment where it is scripted that Walt has a pang that this is morally reprehensible to do this to his daughter, to deprive her of a normal life. And this little baby just started looking at mom and we just rolled.
Rian Johnson: The baby’s mom was like three feet away, right next to the camera. The baby was not actually screaming for her mother. As scripted it was just going to be this beautiful powerful moment where Walt looks at her. He brings her up to eye level and looks into her eyes and has that realization. I remember we were gathered around the monitor and he raises her and up and she started saying “mama,” and we all just looked at each other.
Moira Walley-Beckett: Rian just let it roll, and Bryan went with it.
Rian Johnson: That’s the other thing. In that situation, Bryan is really the one doing the directing because the way that he shapes the performance between himself and the baby is really about the way he handles her and plays off of her. In terms of emotional beats of that scene it’s really Bryan who is doing the directing there. He did a fantastic job.
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