Breaking Bad

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‘I Am The Danger’
Season 4, Episode 6

Walter’s transition from cancer-stricken chemistry teacher to chest-beating meth overlord came to a head in Season 4, as Skylar’s repeated inquiries into his new line of work – and his now hostile relationship with his boss, Gus Fring – caused him to finally own up to how powerful he really is.

 

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‘Face-Off’
Season 4, Episode 13

Classy and cold-blooded in equal measure, Gus Fring was one of Breaking Bad’s most powerful characters, and following the intense finale to Season 3 (see below), his relationship with Walt grew fragile and more volatile with each passing minute. Gus Fring’s last scene in the show, emerging from the wreckage of a destroyed care home, adjusting his tie as his skin falls off his jaw will go down as one of the most iconic in TV history.

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‘Fulminated Mercury’
Season 1, Episode 6

Walt encounters a number of speed bumps when he starts out in the meth business, including clashing with deranged crime lord Tuco. Walking directly into the hideout of a man who stubs cigarettes out on his tongue and snorts much of his own produce should be a death sentence. Instead, Walt proves that education can be fun and life-saving by using a small chemical reaction to destroy his enemy’s base of operations. Stay in school, kids.

 

 

‘RUN’
Season 3, Episode 12

Season 3 sees Walt and Jessie’s formerly harmonic partnership with Gus Fring and his crystal-meth-slash-fried-chicken empire crumble apart, and as it does, so does their chance of survival. During a turf war between two competing dealers, Jessie takes matters into his own hands and attempts to kill two armed men. Thankfully, someone has his back, but the consequences prove to be dire.

 

 

‘Crawl Space’
Season 4, Episode 11

Breaking Bad’s Season 2 love triangle – between Walt, his estranged wife Skylar and her ex, Ted – was pretty dull stuff. But the plot proved important later on, when Ted’s tax dodging exploits threatened to drag Skylar and Walt down with him. Skylar uses some of Walt’s drug money to smooth things over, completely oblivious to the fact Walt’s done the meth industry equivalent of handing in his P45. With no money and an entire crime syndicate suddenly out to get him and his family, Walt collapses, his chilling, manic laughter ringing through the house.

 

 
 
Jessie Visits Gale
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When Jessie goes off the rails, Gus introduces Walt to a new assistant, Gale Boetticher. Gale is polite, intelligent, cultured – basically everything Jessie isn’t – but when Walt realizes Gus plans to replace them both with Gale once he learns how to cook their crystal meth, he instructs an unstable Jessie to take care of him to protect themselves.
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Box Cutter
Season 4, Episode 1

Naturally Gus doesn’t take kindly to his new lab assistant being shot in the head. Holding Walt and Jessie prisoner in the basement superlab, Gus finally lashes out, slashing apart a man’s throat with a standard-issue box cutter, holding the wound open, and not saying a single word.

 

 
 
Hank Realises
Season 5, Episode 8
 
Walt and his brother-in-law Hank couldn’t be more different; in appearance, in their hobbies, and because while Walt grows a crystal meth empire, Hank is head of the Drug Enforcement Agency in the area. Though there were a few close run-ins between the two, it takes until the final scene in Season 5 for Hank to finally put the pieces together and figure out who the mysterious ‘Heisenberg’ really is. All while sitting on the toilet.
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Gus VS The Cartel
Season 4, Episode 10

One of the creepiest moments in the show, Gus calmly vomiting up a capsule he took earlier while the Mexican cartel drink poisoned tequila, before steadily dying around him is dark stuff – especially given the care and diligence he takes in laying down a towel in front of the toilet.

 


The Crash
Season 4, Episode 11

Part of the slack-jawed, adreneline-fuelled joy of Breaking Bad is watching Walt's personal and profesional lives veer so dangerously close to each one another there's a good chance they'll explode. Hank roping Walt in to help him investigate Gus, all the while oblivious that Walt is the greatest asset to Gus's empire is tense stuff, especially when Walt thinks the only way to protect himself is to, well, drive into oncoming traffic.

 

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