‘Breaking Bad’: 2 Major Clues Foreshadow Jane’s Overdose Death Before It Happens

Breaking Bad is filled with signs, symbolism, and foreshadowing. That’s part of what makes the AMC drama so popular with fans. Every time they binge watch the series, viewers uncover more clever details that make Breaking Bad even more exceptional.

Jane Margolis’ overdose death is just one of many incidents that represents a turning point on Breaking Bad. The scene is difficult to watch for fans and even the actors had a hard time filming it. But no one should have been surprised Jane died the way she did.

It turns out writers were hinting at Jane’s tragic death on Breaking Bad all along.

Jesse’s story would have changed if Jane lived on ‘Breaking Bad’

Jane and Jesse film an episode on Breaking Bad
Jane Margolis (Krysten Ritter) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) | Lewis Jacobs/AMC

Walter White didn’t have any personal vendetta against Jane (Krysten Ritter). The reason he can’t stand her as Jesse’s love interest is she almost convinces him to quit the drug trade and run away, starting a new life with her. Walt also isn’t fond of how Jane and Jesse use drugs together, making her a bad influence in his opinion.

Ultimately, Jane overdoses in bed while Walt is standing there watching. He first makes a move to save her but then decides to let her die on purpose. Callous as it seems, Walt is eager to have Jane out of the picture. This moment represents exactly what sort of person Walt really is.

Jane jokes about never waking up during ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 2

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There are two major instances of foreshadowing that point to Jane’s eventual overdose death. The first happens during a scene when Jesse is making breakfast for both of them. He wants to surprise Jane with her meal while she’s still in bed, but instead she wakes up and meets him in the kitchen. “You weren’t supposed to wake up!” he says to her. In reply, Jane jokingly replies, “Ever?”

It’s a cute moment between the couple that’s ultimately forgettable, until you stop to consider how eerily similar it is to how she eventually dies.

Walt proves he knows how to save Jane’s life

In the same episode, Walt and his sister-in-law Marie have an interaction that also foreshadows Jane’s death. Walt lays his newborn baby daughter Holly in the crib and tells Marie he’s laying her on her side for safer sleep, in case she “decides to do a little spit-up.”

This tiny, inconsequential moment proves that Walt knows exactly how to save Jane. Even though he’ll later choose not to.

Jane’s death scene on ‘Breaking Bad’ was tough for everyone

Walter White watches Jane die
Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Jane Margolis (Krysten Ritter) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) – Breaking Bad | Lewis Jacobs/AMC

All of the actors involved in Jane’s death scene were total professionals and knew the scene wasn’t real. Still, that didn’t prepare them for the emotional toll of filming such a tough moment.

“I knew she was gonna die,” Ritter told People’s Couch Surfing. “[But] it wasn’t until we were shooting it that [Jane’s death] really hit me. So, I knew [Jane] was going to die, I’m reading the script, and I’m like, ‘Cool, rock and roll, she dies. So fun!'”

But she changed her mind during the actual filming. “Then you’re doing it, and you’re in this death makeup. They built a cast for my chest so that Aaron Paul can really be pounding on my chest [in the next scene],” she said. “And then Bryan, after the take, you just see him sitting quietly in the corner. It was intense, and I will never forget it.”