Top 25 Breaking Bad Episodes

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Not too long ago I posted this: Greatest Show Ever. Even more recently I posted this: Top Ten Breaking Bad Episodes. And I’ll just throw this in for fun: Top Ten Breaking Bad Characters. If I can take one lesson away from Breaking Bad it is that things change. I’ve changed since these posts. I’ve changed into someone who whole heartedly believes the next 25 Breaking Bad Episodes are the greatest Breaking Bad episodes. I’ve also changed into someone who believes Breaking Bad is the greatest television show, a show I would consider the second greatest story and piece of art ever created. Number 1 being The Dark Knight Legend. Here they are, my favorite Breaking Bad episodes.

25. End Times


As with many titles to Breaking Bad episodes, “End Times” had a very fitting title. The episode felt like a finale to a season or even a series which is quite the feat when the episode has to lead into one of the greatest season finale’s in existence. Not to mention it had to follow in the footsteps of “Crawl Space”. Essentially all of season four offers edge-of-your-seat tension. “End Times” fortifies that tension in spectacular fashion.

24. To’ hajiilee


I might as well say this now, Breaking Bad essentially managed to get better as it progressed and season 5 is without a doubt my favorite season. After the end of the first eight episodes it was hard to imagine what would happen next, how would it all come to a close? Well the initial response was “Blood Money” so they had no intention of cooling down. “To’ hajiilee” is an explosion of an episode, an episode in which Heisenberg gives himself up to his brother in law ASAC Schrader.  What could possibly happen next?

23. …And the Bag’s in the River


Breaking Bad has this uncanny ability to surprise. Those surprises began with The “Pilot” and ended with “Felina”, but I don’t know who saw this third episode coming. Breaking Bad begins with quite the bang and that includes this third episode in which a dark drama plays out in a dark, drab basement. This episode marks Walter White catching a glimpse at exactly the kind of man he would have to be in meth business…now just wait for the empire business.

22. Hermanos


Effective, emotive, pivotal and enthralling to its final seconds. This is the episode season four needed and Gus deserved.   Season Four is classic Breaking Bad, but Hermanos is the episode that stepped it up into levels we can all but expect from the beauty that is Breaking Bad. Gustavo Fring gets a bit less mysterious and just before the story of season four is wrapping up, an impeccable picture begins to take form.

21. Crazy Handful of Nothin’


In some ways I do agree with Bryan Cranston who says that Walter White broke bad. However, what I truly believes that Walter White broke bad in Season 1 Episode 5 “Gray Matter”, but even that episode was topped with episode six, the birth of Heisenberg. With every episode you can never forget to expect the unexpected. This episode is just a reminder that season 1 should be held on par with every other meticulously plotted season. I couldn’t imagine my favorite show beginning any other way.

20. 4 Days Out


Breaking Bad is one of the most emotionally jarring experiences or stories that will ever be told. “4 Days Out” is one of the finest exemplifications of how wild of an emotional roller coaster just a single episode of this show can be. It’s still pretty early for Breaking Bad so most at this point will be rooting for Walt, this father whose made bad decisions, but for the “right reasons” and to see him in this last ditch effort for his family before he gets what he expects to be bad news is rather enthralling. The episode becomes even more exciting as we see Heisenberg in a very tight corner,  but its the end that makes this episode easily one of the greats.

19. Phoenix


“Phoenix” is without a doubt one of the most draining episodes to watch. It begins with the reveal that yes Walter White missed the birth of his baby daughter whom he won’t be able to see grow up either in order to finalize his largest drug deal yet. Now if that wasn’t enough, pace slows for a bit even offering some idle, but pertinent, conversation at a bar only to be followed by the final scene of the episode and arguably the darkest moment in the history of Breaking Bad.

18. Blood Money


This was the episode that was to follow one of the greatest cliffhangers in television history. At the beginning of “Blood Money” is a Walter White we thought we might never see, a retired man. Could this evil basterd actually get away with it and live a normal life? Not likely. Cranston should be endlessly praised for his portrayal of Walter White, but he’s not only one of the greatest actors in existence. He’s also quite the director and this is the greatest Breaking Bad episode he’ll ever direct. It’s a flawless follow up to the first eight, but its the episode’s final moments that takes this one to new heights.

17. Over


I debated this for a while as I’m such a huge fan of not only “Phoenix”, but “4 Days Out” as well. I finally conceded that “Over” is my favorite episode of Breaking Bad’s taut and thrilling second season. This was the follow up to the fabulous ending of “4 Days Out” in which Walt explodes in anger because he gets what should be good news and realizes he won’t be dying as early and as conveniently as he might’ve hoped. In “Over” Walt decides he’s done, he’s out of the business, but by the end embraces the man he’s transforming into. It’s a truly flawless hour of television.

16. Fly


With every passing moment of Breaking Bad, it’s hard not to recognize the beautiful story progression in each episode. Rian Johnson’s first Breaking Bad episode doesn’t offer much by way of story, for its an entire episode in which Jesse and Walt attempt to kill a fly in their new super lab. Everyone has their own interpretation as to what this episode means to the overarching Breaking Bad canon, but love it or hate it, it’s one of Breaking Bad’s finest hours if only for Johnson’s beautiful direction.

15. Live Free or Die


The cold open of “Blood Money” is similar to the cold open of “Live Free or Die” in the way they both remind you that the end is near. While I love the “Blood Money” cold open, it just didn’t elicit the same excitement that the first scene of Breaking Bad’s fifth, final and greatest season did. The episode then proceeds to tie up loose ends and end with three beautifully crafted scenes that clue you in on exactly the kind of Walter White we can expect in this season, one to be feared.

14. Crawl Space


Season 4  is winding down, but it sure ain’t slowing down. There are three episodes left of the season and that means this deadly game of chess between Gustavo Fring and Walter White has to come to a close. Heisenberg has ingeniously overcome many obstacles, but Walter White hasn’t yet been painted into a corner quite like this and it’s when we’re backed into a corner when we find out who we really are.

13. One Minute


Hank Schrader is one hell of a hero, he’s a brilliant cop to Walt’s criminal mastermind and in “One Minute” Hank may have lost his way a bit and is “unraveling” as he puts it, but that doesn’t stop him from kicking ass in the end. Breaking Bad keeps you guessing and before watching the episode, part of me was expecting to watch the death of Hank Schrader. What I got was a triumphant Hank and the beautiful reestablishment of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman as partners.

12. Granite State


Breaking Bad’s penultimate episode was bittersweet as most are considering after it’s over there’s only one episode left . Watching Walter White as a lonely, frail and dying man gave me this feeling of unrelenting sadness. Walter White is a winner, I mean sure he transforms into one of the most depraved and malevolent characters to ever exist, but this is a man who is good at what he does, but in Granite State we’re watching a man who has given up. When I saw the final shot of the episode (pictured above) I was no longer sad, I was overcome with a feeling of excitement, I couldn’t wait to see how they would bring my favorite television show to a close.

11. Pilot


When Vince Gilligan crafted the first episode for what would become one of the greatest stories ever told he wasn’t aware that what would follow would be 61 relentlessly breathtaking episodes. As a result, the Pilot of Breaking Bad, fittingly on the DVD titled “Breaking Bad”, didn’t just feel like the first episode of television series, it felt like fifty minute movie. You watch an episode from later seasons and you’re watching a completely different man than the one you’re watching in this first episode, but where as Walt’s moral code deteriorates as the show progresses, its hard not to recognize in this first episode that Walter White always had a piece of Heisenberg in him.

10. Full Measure


I come to expect a lot out of a season finale. This is especially the case when it comes to Breaking Bad and when it came to “Full Measure” how could I not expect a lot when this was to be not just the end of Season 3, but the follow-up to one of the greatest hours of television ever made. “Full Measure” exceeded any expectations beautifully setting up a fourth season in which criminal masterminds Walter White and Gustavo Fring are sworn enemies. Season 3 offers some of the best of Breaking Bad and that is mostly in part due to the final two episodes.

9. Dead Freight


I don’t know if there was any episode up to this point that was as hard hitting as this one and on repeat viewings, my heart-rate is still jacked and not because of the tense train robbery, but the final seconds that leave you breathless. Breaking Bad is never afraid to take Walter to new lows and show just how black dark can be and the end of this episode is terrifying. Jesse’s reaction is to be expected and at this point so is Walter’s, emotionless, a complete lack of any empathy for the child whose death could’ve easily been prevented if Walter hadn’t felt the need to once again cook meth and subsequently rob a train.

8. Confessions


The appropriately titled “Confessions” opens with Todd professing to his compadres, his hand in the classic Breaking Bad train robbery begging the question of whether or not he’ll reveal the tragic aftermath in which he murdered a child. The cold open also serves as a reminder that these careless and dangerous neo-nazis still have a part to play in all this. Walt then ingeniously finds a way to get Hank to back off and then by the end when Walt thinks he’s in the clear, Jesse Pinkman, who had his suspicions, finally realizes exactly how evil his former partner is. The episode is full to the brim with important and memorable moments and by the end I was salivating for more.

7. Face Off


In “Face Off”, Season 4 and Walter White and Gustavo Fring’s deadly game of chess comes to an explosive finish as Walt makes his final and fatal move. If it wasn’t Gus it would’ve been Walter White and Walter White’s story wouldn’t come to an end until the end of another fifth and final television season so it had to be Gus. He came a long way and it all led to this episode, this moment in which we’d see the death of Gustavo Fring, the scene is pure cinematic bliss. Gilligan is in top form writing and directing this beautiful episode, but what really takes the cake is the final shot in which we see the line Walter had to cross in order to “win”, a point of no return.

6. Buyout


If there was any Walter White left, he died with Drew Sharp leaving only the methodical and malevolent Heisenberg. In my favorite season of Breaking Bad, the final season, we witness the rise and fall of Walter White. In one of the all time greats, “Buyout” offers an uncompromising look into Walter White. Whereas child murder is where Mike and Jesse draw the line, that and they’ll be able to get out of the business with no less than $5 million each. Nothing will stand in Walter’s way however, he’s only getting started.

5. Gliding Over All


I don’t know if there is a greater way imaginable to end the first half of Breaking Bad’s final season. If seeing Walt dispose of 10 witnesses in a gruesome 2-minute prison killing spree wasn’t enough, just wait until Tommy James and the Shondells’ Crystal Blue Persuasion starts. We literally watch as Walter White’s empire flourishes to the point of boredom. There’s no opposing force anymore, no thrills, he has the power and he’s enjoyed the ride, but by the end after Skyler’s last ditch effort, Walt realizes it’s time. He’s out, but little does he know, it won’t be that simple. Cue what may be the greatest bathroom scene ever.

4. Half Measures


Before seeing Half Measures, I don’t know if I would’ve been able to say with certainty what my favorite episode of Breaking Bad was. After Half Measures, I knew. It still remains one of Breaking Bad’s finest hours and one of the reasons Season 3 works so perfectly right there in the middle. I don’t know if I could name my top ten scenes from Breaking Bad off the top of my head, I’d have to put some thought into it, but I know you’d find Mike’s “Half Measures” speech right in the top five. The episode practically tops itself with each passing moment and no matter how many times you view it, the episode and the end just never fails to level you.

3. Ozymandias


No matter what season or particular episodes of Breaking Bad you are personally drawn to, it’s hard to deny the magnitude of this the third to last episode of Breaking Bad harmoniously titled “Ozymandias”. Witness the fall of Heisenberg’s “empire”. When Vince Gilligan hired Rian Johnson to direct this episode I have to believe he was looking for perfection, I can also make a safe bet that when he saw the completed episode his expectations were exceeded.

“Ozymandias” is made complete with some of the most prominent and defining moments of all Breaking Bad from the death of Hank Schrader to Walter Jr. finding out the truth about his father and it’s not that the episode was chock full of these pulse-pounding moments, it’s that they were executed flawlessly. I don’t know if there was ever a more haunting moment in the show then seeing Jesse as a meth cooking slave, but then I saw Walt run away with that innocent child. “Ozymandias” is one of the best and it’s given even more resonance with the brilliantly contrasted phone calls.

2. Say My Name


I didn’t end up watching Breaking Bad until around mid-season 4, but I was lucky enough to catch season 5 live. When I saw “Say My Name” live there was no question that what I had just watched was the greatest episode yet of Breaking Bad. If you’re looking for the pinnacle, the climax of the story of one man’s transformation then look no further than “Say My Name”. Never has Walter White been more consumed by his own depravity. No matter the obstacles and antagonists our protagonist faces, Walter White is both the hero and the villain.

Breaking Bad is a story humans, in particular a man and all life has this tendency to change. This is Walter White’s lowest point, never has he been dragged so far into the depths of madness and cruelty. We’ve watched five seasons as Walt has made inconceivable, unforgivably, sadistic choices, but never like this. They’ve never been made for no reason other than pure, blind hate. Walter White is my favorite fictional character and “Say My Name” may be the most beautifully articulated piece to his character arc.

1. Felina


Breaking Bad is one of the greatest stories ever told and one of the most beautiful pieces art that will ever be created. As sad as it may be, stories have to end. It’s not sad at all really. Breaking Bad couldn’t last forever and I could not fathom five seasons with a beginning middle and end blowing me away quite like Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad. It’s truly amazing everyone behind and in front of the camera was able consistently add to and craft a single story that not only kept me engaged, but blew me away with every episode.

It’s not as if every episode was better than the last, Breaking Bad wouldn’t be the masterpiece it is if that were the case. It needed it’s high points and low points, it allowed you to take a breath for moment and ponder before exploding in your face. I didn’t have to see the last 8 episodes of Season 5 and of the series to know that my favorite season was season 5. The first eight blew me away, but little did I know the last eight would would top even those.

“Felina”, the final episode of Breaking Bad, is my favorite hour of television. When “Felina” ended and my jaw was to the floor, I didn’t sit there and recall what a phenomenal episode I had just watched. Breaking Bad’s series finale did for me what all series finales should, it elicited a feeling love not just for an episode, but for an entire series, a story, a life. If I was told that Walter White would die before I saw this episode, any expectations I would’ve had for this ending would have been completely exceeded. This is the ending Breaking Bad and any appreciator of its greatness deserved and nothing short of it.

In a way “Felina” didn’t feel like a Breaking Bad episode. This was very fitting because Breaking Bad, like the characters who drive it, is constantly changing and this wasn’t just any Breaking Bad episode, this was the last Breaking Bad episode. It was beautifully subdued, more melancholy and awe-inspiring. It felt like an end and even the characters knew it. Now this is not the redemption of Walter White. He’s too far gone and he realizes that, by now he’s come to terms with that and the man he’s become. In this self-reflective final hour, Walter White is beautifully humanized. Walter White is not the monster Breaking Bad has been crafting all along, he’s not the devil, he’s a man, a man who has the ability to make the right choice, a man who can tell the truth, a man who can die. Breaking Bad will forever be one of my favorite stories and it wouldn’t be the mesmerizing masterpiece it is if it didn’t come to an end.

Top Ten Breaking Bad Characters

A large part of what makes Breaking Bad the masterpiece that it is, are its vibrant and vastly explored characters. No matter how grim, gritty and depraved the tale at hand gets, Breaking Bad is a story that feels real and that’s because of how defined and human all of these characters feel. This list discusses the characters of Breaking Bad and the impact they’ve made to one of the greatest stories ever told. Also, just for fun… Top 25 Breaking Bad Episodes 10. Hector Salamanca In an episode entitled “Grilled”, the ruthless Mexican Cartel member Hector Salamanca makes his incredibly memorable first appearance. “Grilled” is an intense episode in which our protagonists attempt to get out of the hands of the rabid dog and distributor that is Tuco Salamanca. Their plot to kill him keeps getting thwarted by Hector Salamanca with just the sound of a bell. I never thought I’d see him again, but he had a much larger part to play. 9. Walter Jr. The beauty of Walter Jr. as a character is in his innocence. He is the most innocent of all the characters in Breaking Bad and the idol and “hero” in his life is of course his father. Any time he sees his father he’ll play his part in their father-son routine completely oblivious to how depraved this man is who he’s hugging. Walter White is a good father, he truly is and Walter Jr. is a good kid because of that fact. One has to wonder what Junior would do if he knew all of Walt’s secrets. 8. Jane Margolis Jane Margolis is a character only featured in Season 2, but she has always cast a pretty twisted shadow over the relationship between our two main characters, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. In the beginning of Season 2, she is introduced as a very likable character who develops into the perfectly lovable girlfriend of Jesse Pinkman. No still in Season 5 it is unbeknownst to Jesse that his partner, “Mr. White”, did nothing and was in the room when she horrifically choked on her own vomit. 7. Skyler White Because of how much I enjoy Walter White’s journey and the choices he makes (I know they’re bad choices), it’s hard to like Skyler and the way she treats her husband who in the beginning was seemingly just trying to provide for his family. Like all Breaking Bad characters, Skyler White is completely believable and perfectly executed. She fought it all she could, but was eventually pulled into the dark world of Walter White only to find the truth that her husband will never again be the man he was. 6. Saul Goodman Behind almost every dirty-dealing or every hump that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman have to get over, there is their lawyer Saul Goodman. Goodman just oozes of sleaze and greed. He is a well payed partner to our protagonists and he comes in handy often when Walt and Jesse get into some of the sticky situations they get into. Like most Breaking Bad characters, he’s not a very good person, but it’s hard not have a little fun when Saul Goodman makes an appearance while he can be a little bit of an annoyance, he’s pretty hilarious and quite the character. 5. Gustavo Fring Though Walter White has become quite the villain, he is the protagonist of the story and if you’re looking for an antagonist of the story look no further than one Gustavo Fring. Gus Fring is a brilliant criminal in his professionalism. Above all he is a businessman, but he is a king of a dark criminal empire so naturally when violent measures have to be taken he takes them with intense grace. Those are just the kinds of measures that have to be taken when Walter White is in the picture. Gus is a villain, he’s a criminal, but with him it’s all business. He does what he does when it needs to be done and his business runs like clockwork because of that fact. 4. Hank Schrader If you’re looking for a hero in this grim tale of crime, change and choices you’ll find him in DEA Agent Hank Schrader. Hank is a man’s man. He’s constantly joking, laughing, making rude comments and catching bad guys. The only person he can bare his true soul to is his neurotic, yet completely loving wife Marie. He’s a loving husband and a truly extraordinary policeman. There is never a question of his heroism in the way that his character has become defined by his dedication to the capture of a rising criminal mastermind by the name of Heisenberg. 3. Mike Ehrmantraut Mike Ehrmantraut is a cool, calculating, silent and dead-eyed professional. He’s been around and he sees the world for what it is. He’s an outlaw and it’s as if he’s been plucked right out of a classic Sergio Leone western. He fits right into this gritty world of lawlessness. Unlike the prideful, controlling and despicable Walter White, Mike Ehrmantraut does what he does for one reason, so he can provide. There’s an aura of mystery to Mike and his past life that somehow made him the intelligent criminal and killer that he is, but at the end of the day what he does is for the security and future of his granddaughter. Mike Ehrmantraut threatens, he kills, he enforces, he steals, he’s a criminal and he’s good at what he does. I’ve always had a soft spot for Mike ever since the classic “half measure” scene and his poetic death at the end of my favorite episode thus far in the series is just a punctuation point to this perfect character. 2. Jesse Pinkman Jesse Pinkman is the heart of the entire beautifully dark story arc that is Breaking Bad. In the beginning he almost seemed like just a necessary annoyance who only served to offer a way into the drug world for our protagonist Walter White. The chemistry teacher turned meth dealer attempting to provide for his family needed an entrance and found the perfect one in the total screw-up drug dealer and former student Jesse Pinkman. As Walter White has become more consumed by the power, control and depravity of the man he has become Jesse is just dragged deeper and deeper into incredibly dark territory. Jesse has just always been there and as the layers become unraveled and Walter White becomes more and more malevolent it’s hard not to recognize the heart this kid who just made some bad decisions actually has. 1. Walter White If I could describe the masterpiece that is Breaking Bad in a single word that word would be change. This idea of change is personified in the greatest character arc ever filmed. There is a lot to Breaking Bad, but the driving force of the entire story is a character study and transformation of one normal man becoming (or rather, breaking) bad. The Walter White we met in Season 1 is not the Walter White we know in Season 5. He was a good man with a normal job, wife and kids and now he has become a criminal mastermind in every sense of the description and a very bad man. He is a ruthless, conniving, vindictive king whose rise to power has left many lives in his wake. “Never give up control. Live life on your own terms.” The average person would be astounded as to what soulless lengths Walter White will go to maintain his power and control. Breaking Bad is grim, raw and real and every choice Walt makes is made believable through flawless writing, direction and one of the greatest performances of all time from a masterful actor. Walter White is a depraved liar and he can rationalize his actions all he wants, but he loves who he’s become and he loves that he has his hands on the wheel as he drives down this dark, dark winding road. The fact that there are bad people in the world can not be ignored and for this character to be examined so thoroughly is absolutely thrilling. Breaking Bad is one of the greatest stories ever told and its main character is nothing short of one of the greatest characters in existence.

Top Ten Breaking Bad Episodes



I love Breaking Bad. I love every single flawless second of it. Walter White’s dark and twisted journey makes for one hell of a roller coaster ride. This section of my site is called “The Greatest TV Show Ever Created” and I created it in order to express my admiration towards LOST, but having just finished the first eight episodes of Breaking Bad’s last season I can’t help but admit what Breaking Bad is, truly the greatest television show I’ve seen. Here is my list of the greatest episodes of Breaking Bad.


This list has been updated and improved upon… Top 25 Breaking Bad Episodes


10. Live Free or Die

This episode is proof that though incredible since the beginning, Breaking Bad just gets better with age. This first episode of the fifth season opens with a brilliant scene that simply teases at just how insane this final season will get. It then ties up some loose ends left after the showdown that was Season 4 in a truly exhilarating fashion all while we watch as Walter settles into his new seat of power.

9. Dead Freight

Breaking Bad is and was always amazing from the first to the fifth season, but if you look through my list you’ll notice that I’ve included no episodes from either the first or second season. The first two seasons are just as incredible as the rest, but I for one enjoy the characters and story arcs of other parts of this deep, dark and human epic. One example is this brilliant train robbery, which tragically ends in true Breaking Bad fashion.

8. Crawl Space

Vince Gilligan himself, the mastermind behind the creation of this tale, has often compared the entirety of season 4 to that of a chess game between Walter White and Gustavo Fring. If that’s true, which it is, this episode represents Gustavo Fring putting Walter White in check as everything in Walter White’s life quite seriously falls apart around him. In all this madness and sadness what else can the depraved man they call Heisenberg do, but laugh.

7. One Minute

This is just a no-brainer. It cannot be argued that this is one of the finest hours of Breaking Bad. From the intriguing beginning of season 3, we are brought on a journey of two seemingly soulless men intent on killing the antihero of our story only to be vanquished by the true hero of our story. In one fell swoop Breaking Bad allows its two main characters to come back together as friends and partners all while Heisenberg’s ironic guardian angel saves his ass quite savagely.

6. Full Measure

After the extraordinary masterpiece that was Half Measures, all you could expect was sheer brilliance from the season finale entitled Full Measure. “Never give up control. Live life on your own terms.” It’s a defining quote from season 4 and this episode exemplifies exactly how far this king will go to continue his rise to power. Full Measure opens with a beautiful scene as Heisenberg approaches his adversary wearing his crown. How else could the episode end, but with a gunshot brought about by one of his subjects.

5. Buyout

Walter White is a liar. He is depraved, vindictive, manipulative and he is a villain. We have watched as Walter White has slowly and subtly become this villain. No matter how Walter chooses to rationalize it, he loves who he has become and this power he’s obtained. “You’d be selling to my competitors,” Walter snarls at his former partners as they tell him their selling out for “pennies on the dollar”. Among many ideas, Breaking Bad is a story about change and in Buyout, Walter White can’t help but show his now true colors.

4. Face Off

If the statement I made before is true and Crawl Space is Gus putting Walter in check in their game of chess, Face Off is Walter White putting the kingpin, Gustavo Fring in checkmate. Whereas Walter White has become a criminal mastermind, Fring is a brilliant businessman. That is not to say Gus isn’t a villain because he is, but it is Walt’s will to do evil that allows him to defeat this king. As an added bonus, the cartel’s involvement in this story really comes full circle as Walter’s enemies become a means to obtaining his goal. This list wouldn’t be complete without this episode.

3. Half Measures

Half Measures is an episode I’ve been attached to for a long time. Until recently it was the episode I would’ve considered my favorite. The ending of the episode just may be the best moment in the show. That just turns out to be a punctuation point to this episode about character and choices. Right in the middle is a seemingly odd scene that subtly becomes serious, dark and poetic. It also serves as a little coming out party for actor Jonathan Banks as he becomes Mike Ehrmantraut when illustrates why a man can’t choose half measures when they should go all the way.

2. Gliding Over All

I will change this list if it has to be done and I can easily see that happening, but this mid-point marking episode to Breaking Bad’s final season is incredible. I couldn’t help to place it right here as my second favorites episode. We witness, in a single episode, a Walter White who actually enjoys his reign as king to the point of boredom. Heisenberg, through sin and carnage, has reached his peak. He is king, but the fact that he doesn’t have to fight for his crown anymore makes him weary. He was more of a king than Gus Fring ever was and he will want for nothing as he sits back with his family and friends only for the hero of our story to realize the identity of the villain he would’ve willingly chased to his last breath.

1. Say My Name

I have seen every Breaking Bad episode and most of them I’ve seen a few times. I can say without a doubt that Say My Name is my favorite Breaking Bad episode. For a long time I considered Season 3 my favorite season, but with just 8 episodes Season 5 has managed to top the eloquent masterpiece that is Season 3. The beauty of Breaking Bad can be found in its characters and at the heart of these human stories is the character arc of Walter White.

In this episode we come face to face with the depravity that is Heisenberg. Walter White is a ruthless, criminal mastermind whose reputation proceeds him. In this episode Walter White has become a king and in the wake of this rise, there are many lost lives and lost friendships. It’s hard not to be speechless throughout and then it ends with what may be the greatest scene in Breaking Bad as Walter is consumed by the black heart beating inside of him and kills cool and calculating old professional Mike, Gus’ righthand man turned Walter White’s distributor. It’s a gritty, defining moment executed flawlessly with just character development and intense violence.