Sunday’s Breaking Bad featured one of the most intriguing openings in the show’s history, and that’s saying something. If you caught the episode you’re probably more familiar with a sauce called “Franch” than you were before the doomed Madrigal executive plied his palate with the stuff, while a scientist explained:
“This one is a new concept, and it intrigues us. Half French dressing and half ranch. We refer it simply as…Franch.”
So where did this “Franch” idea come from? Series creator Vince Gilligan explained to Huff Post:
“Twenty years ago, I wrote a comedy in which a scientist accidentally kills God and feels really terrible about it. Meanwhile, his former lab assistant goes on to fame and fortune by inventing something called “Franch” — a salad dressing that’s half-French, half-ranch. I confess, I was cannibalizing an idea from an old script… but since it’s clearly never going to be made into a movie, I figured “what the hell?”
So that’s Franch. ..Yeah, Franch!
In related news, “Madrigal” delivered a ratings shocker. OK, relative ratings shocker: 2.3 million viewers, down 21 percent from the previous week’s Season 5 opener.
It is of course typical for ratings to decline after season premieres, though as noted by EW, it’s difficult to comprehend how anyone could watch “Live Free Or Die” (read our in-depth review) and not be back for the next episode like a laptop on a very big magnet (or Franch on chicken). Of course, there’s still time to catch up before Sunday.