This episode was rated on average, a perfect 10, by more than 60,000 IMDB.com users.
This episode received universal acclaim and Vince Gilligan stated on the episode podcast that he considered it the series' best.
The scene where Walt is changing Holly in the public bathroom and she says her first word, "mama," was not intentional. The baby said this because saw her real mother walk by on the set and the crew decided to keep it as it gave the scene more drama.
In July 2013, AMC created a promo that featured a voiceover of Bryan Cranston reciting the poem that shares the title with this episode.
Writer Moira Walley-Beckett requested to work with Rian Johnson again because of their previous experience working together on the third season episode "Fly". Notably, "Fly" was one of the most controversial episodes because of it's seemingly "filler" nature. Before coming back to Breaking Bad, Rian Johnson wrote and directed "Looper" which has received good reviews.
The opening flashback scene after Walt talks to Jesse, outside the R.V. when he makes the cellphone call, was the last scene to be shot for the entire series. The crew waited to film this episode flashback to allow for Bryan Cranston's hair to grow back more realistically.
The title, Ozymandias, comes from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley about the "inevitable fall of kings and empires". It was published in 1818 and is notable for its virtuosic diction.
The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
AMC entered a media black out period for the last three episodes of the series. No previews, screeners, or other information will be sent out to media in advance of the episode airings.