Breaking Bad is the greatest TV show ever created! Fight me! I will defend this show’s honor! From the breathtaking cinematography to the awe-inspiring narrative, each episode is an absolute treat and takes film making to the next level. However, perhaps the most impressive thing about Breaking Bad are its characters. This show has character development and acting unlike I have ever seen before. These characters will attach you to themselves whilst committing the most inhumane acts. Portrayed by some of the finest actors to ever grace television, all characters of this show are an absolute delight to watch. Here are the top 5 Best Breaking Bad characters:
5) Saul Goodman
Saul Goodman got his own show, that’s how good he is! Possibly the most entertaining character on the show, this character brings some much needed lighter feel and comedic relief to this dark and twisted series. Don’t get me wrong, Breaking Bad can be hilarious when it wants to and has other characters like Badger and Huell who provide some of our favorite moments, but none of them were ever as prominent as Saul. Saul helps the shows main character, Walter White, in laundering his drug money. His main concern is making money, which is why he is so charming. He isn’t concerned with life and death situations unlike most. He is proudly materialistic and that makes him believable. Saul is known for his tacky commercials and better known for his Breaking Bad spin-off prequel series, Better Call Saul!
Bob Odenkirk poses as Saul Goodman in this promotional shoot for Breaking Bad
4) Gus Fringe
In my humble opinion, a true villain in this series. Although this show brilliantly blurs the line between good and evil, hero and villain, Gus Fringe was probably the most prominent antagonist to Walter’s protagonist. Gus isn’t hyper like Tuco, he isn’t crazy like the Salamanca twins and he certainly isn’t a lunatic neo-Nazi like Jack Welker. Gus Fringe is the boss! He is calm and collected yet ruthless. He takes control of a situation and does thing on his terms and he always gets what he wants.
Gus even threated the life of Walter’s infant daughter, Holly, just to force Walter to continue making meth for him. Gustavo hides his drug empire under the restaurant chain Los Pollos Hermanos (I can’t be the only one who wanted to try that right?) and maintains an optimistic exterior where he manages the fast food joints and keeps friendly relations with the community, especially the Police who just can’t get enough of his friend chicken! Gus’s death is easily the most bad-ass death scene in Television history! Gus Fringe was named as the 7th greatest TV villain of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Giancarlo Esposito portrays Gus Fringe as he menacingly looks at Walter in this frame
3) Hank Schrader
Hank is awesome! This character has so many angles to him that you can’t help but be on his side, even though he is on the opposing side of Walter throughout the series (even when he didn’t know it). At first glance Hank is a bully, a typical masculine police officer. The brilliance of this character lies in how he is humanized and shows different kinds of emotions and goes through incredible character development.
He is a determined DEA agent who wants to destroy the illegal drug business, end the Mexican cartels and most importantly find out who Heisenberg is. His parking lot showdown with the Salamanca twins is considered as one of the best action sequences in TV history. Hank’s transformation after this showdown where he suffers partial paralysis is, in my opinion, just as great as Walter and Jesse’s transformation. His reaction and war against Walter once he figures out Heisenberg’s identity is one of the best parts of Breaking Bad. My heart sank upon Hank’s death in Ozymandias, arguably the best episode of this series.
Dean Norris poses as Hank Schrader in this promotional shoot for Breaking Bad.
2) Walter White
I know I might get backlash for this but hey, guess what, this is my list HA! You probably have already figured out my choice for the best character of Breaking Bad and he is just too dear to me.
Walter White is the main protagonist of Breaking Bad. He is the character who breaks bad and turns from an innocent high school chemistry teacher into the Kingpin of American drug cartels. There is no Television series ever created which handles a character as perfectly as this. You love him and hate him, sympathize with him and be disgusted by his sadistic actions. There is no one like Walter. His life changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. In order to help his family financially he entered the drug business and produced the purest quality meth ever. From noble intentions, Walter feel deeper and deeper into the abyss and began to enjoy himself whilst being corrupted. “I’m in the Empire Business”
In the first season he was conflicted and barely had the nerve to kill Krazy 8, in the fifth season he organizes the killing of 10 prisoners without a second thought. This character commits some of the most evil acts ever committed in television history, yet we feel drawn to him and devoted to his cause. No once but the combined genius of series creator Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston can pull this off. Breaking Bad ended with the death of Walter White and the world was never the same. So is Walt the greatest character in TV history? “You’re Goddamn right!” Well he’s at least second to this next guy.
Bryan Cranston poses as Walter White a.k.a Heisenberg in this promotional shoot for Breaking Bad
1) Jesse Pinkman
I absolutely adore Jesse Pinkman and there is no reason not to. When it comes to character development, along with Walter, Jesse is the epitome of it.
Beginning as a low-level drug dealer, he joins Walter and begins producing and distributing meth. Jesse is given episodes such as ‘Peekaboo’ where we see how innocent he really is. Manipulated by Walter’s dangerous mind and lethal tactics, Jesse is driven to the point of insanity. You find yourself always sympathizing for Jesse whilst also enjoying his lighter moments and be completely immersed in intense moments such as when he killed Gale. Jesse was broken, he went through hell and back and that is probably why I just want to hug him forever. Aaron Paul’s scene in the crack den following Jane’s death tore a hole right through my heart. The fifth season was devastating for Jesse and fans such as myself where he was captured by Todd and his redneck buddies. He was forced to watch Andrea get killed and his world crumbled down when in ‘Ozymandias’ Walter tells him: “I watched Jane die.” Jesse Pinkman went from being a brash, immature and lively young person to a broken, shell of a man. The series ends with Jesse finally escaping Walter’s mental prison, Todd’s actual prison and finally experiencing freedom as he screams and drives away from hell.
Jesse Pinkman was the most loveable character in Breaking Bad. He had a unique relationship with all other characters because he was the most human out of them all. He loved with all his heart, hated with a burning passion and was confused by all the people trying to take advantage of him. He experienced the worst of life with the death of loved ones and fought a constant mental battle with everything. Jesse survived it all and that is why he is the best Breaking Bad character.
1) Mike Ehrmantraut
2) Skylar White
3) Tuco Salamanca
In an era of superhero TV shows and crappy reality TV, Breaking Bad is a breath of fresh air and undoubtedly stands on an elevated level. The show has the best characters, presented in stunning visuals and a story which is written to perfection. It was an honor to witness this work of art.
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