From high-school chemistry teacher to full-blown drug lord, Walter White sure knows how to cook up a good drama. In AMC’s Breaking Bad, the word “epic” comes to mind when watching some of the scenes of this hit television show.
Known famously for its unique cinematography and interesting juxtaposition of upbeat piano and jazz music, these gutsy artistic choices really showcase the raw violence and emotions that depict the life of meth cooking and dealing.
Below are the top ten must-see moments of the series, from beginning to end. In these brief clips, so much can be revealed about the characters and the dire situations they are placed in. See how Walter changes and evolves as the seasons progress.
The first moment we meet Walter White. He shares his passion in Chemistry class by describing this science as “growth, decay and transformation.” This really foreshadows the story that is yet to unfold, as his character is much like how he describes Chemistry.
Built from the very beginning, before he too, transforms from teacher to drug lord. At the end of the clip, when a student is disruptive and blatantly rude, you also see another side of Walter that shows how far he can be pushed.
The infamous encounter at Tuco’s hideout. Walter demonstrates what he is truly capable of accomplishing. He stands up to the ruthless villain and expertly makes his point. Known for the quick-wit comment, “this is not meth,” Walter’s character unleashes his dark side. The sheer moment where the flat explodes is a must-see in itself.
The comedic timing of Saul Goodman is enough to lighten the mood in this nail-biting drama. Creator Vince Gilligan, claims this corny lawyer to be his favorite character. With every quip and ridiculous one-liner, this “hot mess” is enough to get a chuckle here and there. The show wouldn’t be the same without this strange man’s interjections.
The plot thickens as men are put against men. Jesse is forced to kill Gale, which marks Jesse’s turning point as a character. Throughout the season, he convinces himself that he is really a “bad guy,” and he does what he needs to in order to survive.
This moment is filled with cliché, yet powerful suspense triggers, such as a screaming tea pot and gun-to-head showdown. However, expertly done, there is nothing cliché about the emotions that these dynamic characters conjure.
Guns blazing, literally, the ultimate drug lord and composed villain, Gustavo Fring, shows the world what it takes to be bad to the bone. When most common sense would suggest to duck and cover when there is a sniper in the midst, Gus trudges through the barren scene, arms spread wide without a care to his well-being. This moment demonstrates how deep his evil streak will go. He puts many TV villains to shame in this moment alone.
In the height of drama, Walter’s character shows his breaking point. While in a crawl space, he converses with Skylar in the search for money she gave away. He realizes it’s gone and the phone rings. Marie and Skylar are talking as Walter’s insane and manic laughter echoes through the halls. As one of the most epic scenes in the series, you witness Walter losing all hope, complete with eloquent camera angles and layered sound.
For the most beautiful and lethal juxtapositions, Walter saves Jesse to the song, “Freestyle” by the Taabli Brothers. They gas the lab and make their grand exit, reminiscent of an epic “slow walk” complete with a background explosion. To top it off, Walter ends the scene with “It’s over, we are safe. I won.” Bam. They’ll wash their hands of this.
This is the pivotal moment where Walter reveals himself as the famous Heisenberg. In the middle of the desert, surrounded by only a few, the full transformation from chemistry teacher to commanding drug lord reigns true. Walter’s commanding presence of his famous line, “say my name,” will send a chill down anyone’s spine.
Another characteristic fusion of classical jazz music and violence, this scene is one full of suspense and time. Ordered by Walt, this scene shows 10 men, spread throughout 3 prisons, all being murdered within 2 minutes. Using great TV drama effects, the scene shifts back and forth from Walter staring at his watch to the mass jail killings. This scene is so unique, showing how time can speed up and slow down.
As all good things come to an end, this epic scene trails the violent showdown that kills Walter before his cancer beats him. To make peace with his life, he goes back to where it all started. Content in the lab, Walter dies with beautiful cinematography that fades like Walter’s life. As if the world has stopped for a brief moment of appreciation, the stain of blood against the metal with a comforting song in the soundtrack, makes for an epic bookend.
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