About Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family’s financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White’s releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.
Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, and family man learns he has inoperable lung cancer. To secure his family’s financial future, he begins making meth with Jesse Pinkman, a former student. The two become known for their top-quality blue meth, but success has its complications: Walt finds himself in over his head in the drug underworld. Meanwhile, a DEA team led by Walt’s brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, begins investigating “Heisenberg,” Walt’s alter ego.
After Walt and Jesse are kidnapped by their psychotic distributor, Tuco Salamanca, the two try to run the business on their own. Things don’t go smoothly, and they’re forced to seek legal counsel from Saul Goodman, a criminal lawyer. Saul helps them out, and even hooks Walt up with a new distributor: meth kingpin and fast food entrepreneur Gus Fring.
Skyler, Walt’s wife, demands a divorce when she discovers Walt’s new profession. Meanwhile, two Cartel killers head to Albuquerque to avenge the death of their cousin Tuco. To save Walt, Gus steers them to Hank, who survives their ambush but is severely injured. Sensing that Walt’s drug activities are connected to the assault, Skyler offers to pay Hank’s medical bills, telling her sister Marie that Walt won big money playing illegal card games.
Relations with Gus disintegrate after Walt kills two of Gus’ dealers to protect Jesse, who later kills Gale, the chemist Gus had groomed to be Walt’s replacement. Walt prepares poison for Jesse to slip to Gus, but Gus undermines Jesse’s loyalty to Walt by elevating Jesse within the meth operation.
Hank renews his pursuit of Heisenberg after being asked by a friend on the police force to review the Gale Boetticher murder case. In a moment of pride, Walt scoffs at Hank’s notion that Gale was Heisenberg, and suggests that Hank’s quarry may still be at large. The comment reenergizes Hank, who begins to connect the dots between Gale and Gus.
Walt turns Jesse against Gus by falsely accusing Gus of poisoning the young son of Jesse’s girlfriend. Jesse tells him that Gus’ only point of weakness appears to be Tuco’s uncle, Tio, a former Cartel member with whom Gus has bad blood. Walt convinces Tio to strap a homemade explosive device to his wheelchair, knowing that Gus will soon be visiting Tio’s nursing home. Tio and Gus both perish when the bomb goes off.
“We’re safe,” Walt tells Skyler. “I won.”
Afterward, Walt convinces Jesse and Mike to partner up with him in a new meth operation: cooking inside tented houses that are undergoing fumigation by Vamonos Pest. He and Mike find themselves constantly at odds, especially after Walt learn that Mike is allocating a portion of their profits to Gus’ imprisoned former employees in order to prevent them from talking.
Meanwhile, Skyler grows increasingly distant from Walt, afraid of him and the danger he might bring to their doorstep. She continues to launder his money but insists the kids live with Hank and Marie. Walt initially refuses but is forced to go along with her demand when she fakes a mental breakdown.
Walt, Jesse, and Mike orchestrate a train robbery to procure more methylamine after the DEA begins tracking barrels from their former source, Lydia. All goes well until their new associate Todd kills an innocent boy in the process. This incident pushes Jesse and Mike to quit the meth business, infuriating Walt. He and Jesse part ways.
New evidence arises in the DEA’s investigation of Heisenberg, forcing Mike to flee town. Walt helps him leave, but when Mike refuses to identify the nine imprisoned men that could incriminate them all, Walt kills him in a fit of rage. Left on his own, Walt turns to Lydia and Todd to help him orchestrate the murders of the men in prison. He hires Todd as his new cooking partner. Business flourishes.
Eventually, Skyler brings Walt to a storage unit filled with money. “I want my kids back,” she says. “How big does this pile have to be?”
Walt decides to quit the meth business, and things begin to return to normal. The kids come back home, and Hank and Marie visit the White House for a barbeque. There, unbeknownst to Walt, Hank discovers a book gifted to Walt by Gale Boetticher. He realizes that his milquetoast brother-in-law might be connected to Heisenberg.
A year later, Walt dines alone at a Denny’s. His health has declined, and he’s assumed a false identity. A black market gun dealer exchanges car keys for Walt’s cash, which leads Walt to a nondescript vehicle in the parking lot. Inside its trunk? An M60 machine gun.
1 “I am the one who knocks!”
2 “I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger!”
3 “Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family.”
4 “If you don’t know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.”
5 “You clearly don’t know who you’re talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!”
6 “Fuck you, and your eyebrows!”
7 “Stay out of my territory”
8 “I fucked Ted.”
9 “We’re done when I say we’re done.”
10 “I watched Jane die. I was there. And I watched her die. I watched her overdose and choke to death. I could have saved her. But I didn’t.”