10 TV Shows Where The Villain Kills The Hero

9. Breaking Bad

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No, don't for a second consider that Walter White (Bryan Cranston) might be the hero of Breaking Bad - he's certainly the protagonist, but never the hero.

The real hero is actually Walt's DEA agent brother-in-law Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), who while something of a lunkheaded tough guy cop caricature in earlier seasons came into his own in spectacular fashion in the show's final stretch.

Hank's quest to bring Walt to justice is ultimately foiled, but Hank certainly went out in heroic, dignified fashion in the all-timer classic episode "Ozymandias."

Hank ends up wounded by the final season's main villain Jack Welker (Michael Bowen), and though Walt tries to convince Jack to spare his life, Hank knows that Jack's already made up his mind.

In his legendary final words he says, "My name is ASAC Schrader, and you can go f**k yourself," before Jack shoots him in the head.

It's a gut-wrenching, sobering moment, seeing the most morally righteous character left get put down like a dog by a loathsome white supremacist.

This no doubt helps Walt's subsequent sacrificial demise go down a little smoother in the series finale, but make no mistake, Hank was the only hero of this story.


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