If you were paying attention way back when Season 5b of Breaking Bad started it's historic run of episode you might have spotted a somewhat confusing dedication. Off the back of Episode Season 5 episode 9 Blood Money came a small card which dedicated the episode to one Kevin Cordasco.
It was only after some digging around the web through old news stories and interviews, did people come to realize that young Kevin was a 16-year-old Breaking Bad superfan who just recently lost his battle with cancer.
Before his passing, Kevin Cordasco had become a firm friend of the Breaking Bad family after visiting with the cast and crew on multiple occasions.
Here he is in the White residence meeting Walt, Skylar and an out of place Saul Goodman:
Showrunner even offered to tell Cordasco the entire ending of the show 'just in case.' Kevin refused the offer, saying he'd much prefer to watch the final episode live and unspoiled. Here they are together:
Once the Season 5b premiere had aired, Gilligan revealed to the Breaking Bad Insider Podcast that during conversations with Cordasco after asking the teen what he'd like to see more of in the show itself that the ending for Granite State took shape.
Once Sunday's episode, Granite State had aired, Gilligan was at last able to reveal the touching contribution that Kevin Cordasco had made to the show.
Warning Spoilers For Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 15 Granite State below this image.
At the end of Granite State, Walter White is ready to give up. His only son has just refused his offer of a covert package of money, ending the call with a cheerful "just die." He's trapped in an icy prison of his own making and to top it all, his one friend in the world is terrible at playing cards.
Finally done, Walt calls the police to let them know where he is, settles down for a drink and turns his hateful little eyes up to the bar-side TV. It's at this point he spots ancient 'frenemies' Gretchen and Elliot Schwartz. Remember the Schwartzes? They offered to pay for Walt's cancer treatment way back when and he was all like, no way man. Well they're back and just in time to say the right thing to get Walt out of his seat and off to parts unknown.
Gretchen and Elliot's reintroduction seemed like perfect timing, a deliberate move and a perfect reminder of how this all began. That's because it was Kevin Cordasco's idea.
“He said, ‘you know what, I want to know more about Gretchen and Elliot. I want to know more about Walt’s back story with them. I want to know what happened.’ And I can’t promise you that you’ll get the complete knowledge of that situation to your total satisfaction, but the very fact that Kevin mentioned Gretchen and Elliot led us – the writers and I – to reintroduce them into the story. And as you can see here in the final scene of “Granite State…” (Cranston finishes Gilligan's sentence) “It works as a catalyst.”
So in some small, utterly wonderful, utterly beautiful way, Kevin Cordasco lives on, woven into the fabric of the greatest television tapestry of all time. Magic.
It all just makes you feel a little like...
Breaking Bad will air its final episode this Sunday at 10pm EST/ 9pm CST on AMC.