It is probably one of the best – if not the best – TV finales in the history. Why did Breaking Bad creators chose Baby Blue, Badfinger famous song to play in Felina (btw, an anagram for ‘Finale’) the last episode of the show? Well, the song is refering to the 99.1% chemically pure blue crystal meth (also called Blue Sky, Big Blue, Blue Magic, or simply Blue) that Walter, the main character of the show manages to synthetise thanks to its incredible chemistry skills.
“Baby Blue,” the memorable 1972 Badfinger track that closes Breaking Bad as an ode to blue meth, was creator Vince Gilligan’s idea.’
‘Thomas Golubić, the show’s music supervisor, kept picking alternate “blue” songs, all of which Gilligan politely rejected. “When he said, ‘I think this is the right song for the closing of the finale,’ I didn’t really hear it,” Golubić says. “I thought it was an odd little love song.
“This is a love-affair story of Walt and his love of science, and this was his greatest product – his greatest triumph as a chemist. It wasn’t about Walter White as a criminal or a murderer or an awful person. It was him ending on his own terms. It felt creatively right.”
“Baby Blue,” inspired by the late Badfinger singer Pete Ham’s ex-girlfriend, Dixie Armstrong, was a Number 14 single, the last Top 20 hit in the British band’s career. Although it appeared in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed in 2006, it’s obscure compared to classic-rock Badfinger fixtures such as “No Matter What” and “Come and Get It.
‘The song’s Spotify streams jumped 9,000 percent in the first 11 hours after the Breaking Bad finale, and iTunes sold 5,000 copies Sunday night, according to Billboard, when it has never sold more than 1,000 in a week.’
‘Gilligan, a Badfinger fan, wasn’t thinking The Departed when he picked “Baby Blue” for the finale. Golubić didn’t realize Scorsese had used it until it was too late.’
‘Baby Blue has an appropriately bittersweet history – the band’s label, the Beatles’ Apple Records, rejected its album Straight Up until George Harrison, then Todd Rundgren, finished its production.’