10 TV Shows That Redeemed Hated Characters In A Single Episode

10. Hank Schrader - Breaking Bad

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The Episode: Season 3, Episode 7 ("One Minute")

In Breaking Bad's first season, Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) doesn't seem to be much more than a typical jock meathead DEA agent, placing him at natural odds with Walter White (Bryan Cranston).

If the continuing impression was that Hank was a blunt instrument with little going on beneath the surface, this was fantastically subverted later in the show's life, beginning with the casual season two revelation that Hank suffers from panic attacks.

But Hank really came into his own in the season three episode "One Minute," where after being tricked into believing that his wife Marie (Betsy Brandt) was in the hospital and beating Jesse (Aaron Paul) to a pulp in the aftermath, he sobs into Marie's arms on the elevator ride out of the hospital.

This crucially humanised Hank as a loving and vulnerable man, ahead of the episode concluding with him successfully fending off an assassination attempt by the Cousins, albeit with critical injuries.

From this point on, Hank was transformed from a one-dimensional bruiser into a more thoughtful and interesting character, leading all the way to his brutal demise in the all-timer season five classic "Ozymandias."

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