Breaking Bad ended five years ago, and while three seasons of Better Call Saul have offered insight into some familiar characters, the lingering questions we've had are almost all wrapped up.
Vince Gilligan, the smiliest showrunner in history, loves doing fan service. Gilligan even rolled out a new YouTube channel focused on all things Breaking Bad a few weeks back to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the show and to settle some accounts: We now know what happened with Walt at Grey Matter. We know what happened after Jessie's rescue. And we know what happened to Huell.
Though many purists prefer the non-canonical Huell postscript:
These are all important plot points and we're glad to have some closure. But one thing remained irksome:
Who in their right mind puts milk in chamomile tea?
Oh, Lydia. Meticulous, exacting Lydia. She might have been comfortable working with drug dealers, gangsters, and murderers. She might have been fine selling any one of you to any one of them.
But can we all agree that the worst thing about her was that bonkers tea order?
The most morally abhorrent character in Breaking Bad is Lydia, because she puts milk in her chamomile tea.— Jon Ashton (@Calicoville) January 27, 2016
If there is one thing I absolutely cannot tolerate about Breaking Bad is Lydia putting milk in chamomile tea. *Pukes*— Ekta (@SnoozeMode_) June 5, 2017
Out of all the gruesome moments in Breaking Bad, Lydia’s chamomile tea with soy milk and stevia is still one of the most disturbing for me.— Miranda Paquet (@mirandapaquet) September 2, 2014
It haunts us. At the time, the writers hadn't even told Laura Frasier (who plays Lydia) what the deal was with that godawful beverage choice. She could only speculate, as she did with GQ, “that should have been clue #1 there... of how deranged she was going to get.” Lydia made an unexpected appearance in season three of Better Call Saul, so in a recent sit-down with Vince Gilligan regarding familiar faces turning up in season four, the Huffington Post put the screws to Gilligan on the subject of that gnarly chamomile-soy-Stevia action.
Brace yourself as Gilligan spills it for the world to see:
Oh, I actually put milk in chamomile tea. A lot of people don’t, though, I guess. I guess you’re right. No, I don’t think there was any hidden message there. You know my mom, when I was a kid, used to toast our Pop-Tarts and then melt butter on top of them. I thought everyone did that, and then I would tell people, ‘Oh yeah, hot buttered Pop-Tarts.’ People looked at me like I was insane. My tastes are all just screwed up.
Gilligan went on to explain why soy for Lydia, then ended on another recipe sure to inhabit our nightmares:
I don’t know about soy milk because I’m not a big soy milk person. That sounded kind of healthy, like health-medy, but I actually put milk in any kind of tea, including mint tea and chamomile tea. I guess you’re right. I guess most people are not into that. People used to think, probably, ‘Man, there’s a hidden message there,’ and now they’re just sort of making faces, ‘Ah, that guy. Ugh, who would do that? That sounds disgusting.’ I don’t know. That’s just me, I guess.
Heck no, you veritable pop-culture genius, most people are not into that, and it is most certainly just you. But if it gets us three more seasons of Saul, then milk it up. We'll try not to think about it.
H/T: Huffington Post