Could Breaking Bad‘s Walter White really rig a machine gun in a car trunk like the series suggested in the final climatic scene? That’s what the Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel wanted to find out, and the answer may surprise you.
In the conclusion of Breaking Bad, Walter White places a machine gun in the trunk of a car before driving into a hostile den of white supremacists. When the timing is just right, he remotely sets off the gun, killing his enemies in one flurry of bullets.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, wanted to know if the plan could have really been successful. So, they reconstructed the machine gun mount in the trunk and set up a brick wall that would roughly be the same thickness and size as the building in the series.
Then they set up Walter White and his white supremacist foes (cut-out dummies) on the other side.
For the final test that invited Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to join the fun. The show was impressive for both Gilligan and the Mythbusters.
Their final conclusion: Walt’s plan was entirely possible.
The machine gun swayed back and forth just like on the show. It also ripped right through the car and the brick wall.
But could Walter White really walk away from the attack?
In the Mythbusters simulation, bullets seemed to go in all directions, some impacting high on the wall others leaving oblong holes indicating it wasn’t flying straight. Yet, despite all the chaos of the lead shower, the Walter White cut-out came out unscathed.
His enemies, on the other hand, were all dead.
This isn’t the first time the Mythbusters took on Breaking Bad.
Variety reports the duo also looked at two other ideas in the show in 2013. The first was to see if hydrofluoric acid could truly melt human bodies and a bathtub (like it did in the series’ first season). The second was to test the explosive effects of solid mercury fulminate when thrown.
They discovered both of those plot devices would not work in reality like they did in the series.
After that defeat, Vince Gilligan was happy to see his final conclusion for the show was at least plausible.
“One out of three. That’s good in like baseball.”
According to Deadline, new episodes of Mythbusters will start airing Saturdays at 9 P.M. ET., and the two will soon go from Breaking Bad to the science of Star Wars.
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