13 Most Shocking Breaking Bad Moments

Everything from sudden deaths, chilling speeches, and thrilling action...


Breaking Bad ran for five seasons between 2008 and 2013, and changed the landscape of television forever. Not since Tony Soprano had audiences been so transfixed by one man's on-screen journey. Walter White is one of this generation's definitive protagonists, a brilliantly drawn anti-hero (and just plain villain) whose metamorphosis from chemistry teacher and family man to drug lord and criminal mastermind has proven to be one of the greatest character arcs ever put to the small screen.

Along the way, Walt teamed up with Jesse Pinkman, a lovable drug addict and meth-maker, went to war with a number of sinister drug kingpins, alienated himself from his own family, killed his rivals and out-manoeuvred the authorities with a thrilling blend of luck and cunning.

Needless to say, with all this going on, that Breaking Bad is a show made up of shocks. Death is constant. Threat, violence, betrayal and tragedy is rife. Breaking Bad prides itself in shocking (and even alienating) its audiences when it comes to the big moments. Walt and Jesse's insane and terrifying escapades lead to some events which still shake long-time fans to the core.

The following list will have a look at thirteen of the show's most shocking moments, from surprise killings, character developments and out-of-nowhere speeches. Major spoilers follow.

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