Call me crazy, but I think Breaking Bad is a decent show.
Okay, all jokes aside, Breaking Bad is probably my pick for greatest show of all time, and even when I re-watch it I find enjoyment from nearly every single episode. The writing and acting in the show are top tier, and each season ramps up the tension and hype, so there’s never a dull moment – even in the “filler” episodes for the most part.
Since every episode is at the very least passable, I’m going to have to be overly harsh if I have any hope of separating them into a ranking. That being said, how would I rank every single Breaking Bad episode?
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None of the Breaking Bad episodes are “bad”, but this tier is dedicated to the episodes I liked the least. These episodes (or just one, in this case) were incredibly boring, and next to nothing happened that drove the plot forwards.
62 – Kafkaesque (3-9)
Some Breaking Bad episodes are a little on the slow side, where the writers are just teasing plot threads and building the foundation to the story, but “Kafkaesque” from Season 3 is inexcusable.
It comes in the latter half of the season, where the tensions are supposed to be at its peak, and instead we get one of the most mundane 40 minutes ever put to television. Nothing of note happens at all, and even if it’s an homage to the works of Kafka it’s still not up to the standards of the rest of the show.
61 – Over (2-10)
You’ll notice that most of the episodes in this tier come near the start of their respective seasons – while I appreciate how they set things into motion, they were hardly memorable in hindsight.
Another of the late-season filler offenders during Breaking Bad’s run, there’s really no reason as to why “Over” has to be so slowly paced.
The scene with Walt and Hank fighting over the bottle of booze barely makes it interesting, but otherwise the stuff with Skylar and Ted is enough to make it a complete snooze-fest.
If it wasn’t for the awesome (but inconsequential to the main plot) scene at the end with Walt saying “Stay out of my territory!”, this would have been last.
60 – Gray Matter (1-5)
There’s a good argument to be made that “Gray Matter” is the most important episode in the show’s history – it sets up Walt’s motivations for the rest of the series, and it’s pivotal to see what drives our favourite anti-hero to do the dastardly things later on.
That being said, it’s a really dull affair that makes the flow of Season 1 grind to a halt. Season 1 is the worst season (“least great”, to be more precise) because of episodes like this, and while it isn’t terrible it’s one that’s a chore to re-watch.
59 – Open House (4-3)
The “Marie is a kleptomaniac” sub-plot is undoubtedly my least favourite sub-plot in the entire series – yes, even more than Skylar and Ted (but it’s close).
Jesse’s house plot is vaguely interesting I suppose, but it hardly drives the plot forward. After the bombastic Season 4 opener, and knowing where the season will end up, this just feels painfully slow.
58 – Down (2-4)
The scene at the end where Jesse and Walt fight each other is pretty entertaining, but otherwise “Down” is just a family drama episode.
I would talk about some of the other things in the episode, but I genuinely can’t remember.
57 – Green Light (3-4)
The start of Season 3 is probably the slowest of them all, and it’s a shame that we get to episode 4 and they’re still prattling on with unimportant plotlines.
Nothing of note happens yet, and Walt is still reeling from the events of the previous episode. Things will pick up in episode 5, but the damage is already done by that point.
56 – I.F.T. (3-3)
Skylar gets a lot of hate from Breaking Bad fans, and the majority of that has to do with her behaviour during Season 3 – Walt isn’t a despicable villain just yet, so her attempts to stop him just feel like she’s getting in the way of our fun.
They drop that “I.F.T.” bombshell near the end of the episode, but the whole Skylar / Ted plotline is a complete snooze-fest whenever it rears its ugly head.
55 – Bullet Points (4-4)
This episode would have been way down the list if not for the awesome scene between Hank and Walt, where they try to figure out who the mysterious W.W. could be.
The rest of the runtime isn’t the most scintillating, but Season 4 already starts off with a bit more urgency than Season 3 did.
54 – Cancer Man (1-4)
When I first watched Season 1 I really didn’t like how this episode seemed to destroy the flow and urgency that the previous three episodes set up, but in hindsight “Cancer Man” is very important to the plot and how the rest of the series is set up.
Walt having an intervention with his family never fails to tug on the heart-strings, and the last scene where he blows up the car shows us how he’s starting to take life by the scruff of the neck.
53 – Thirty-Eight Snub (4-2)
“Thirty-Eight Snub” is a bit of a let down after the unbelievably intense opener to Season 4, but it does a good job of dealing with the aftermath of those gruesome events in the lab.
Walt arming himself is a great way to add some urgency to the early episodes, and you can really tell he’s starting to feel boxed in. Like a cornered animal, you don’t know how he’s going to react to Gus’s plans.
These episodes all ranged from good to very good, and they’re very enjoyable episodes of television in their own right. They might lack the “wow” factor, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pack a punch.
52 – Cat’s in the Bag … (1-2)
If 52 out of 62 episodes are ones that I look back fondly on, you know you’ve made an unbelievably consistent show.
I was amazed when I first watched Breaking Bad to see how the writers immediately dealt with the consequences of the Pilot – that made the whole thing seem more realistic than I’d ever seen in a TV show before. We haven’t quite reached the good part yet, but the final scene with the bloody bathtub is one of the most memorable moments from Season 1.
51 – I See You (3-8)
Definitely one of the slower episodes in the show’s run, but there are a few memorable moments that bump it up a notch.
Gus’s visit to the hospital is great, the scene where the Salamanca twin drags himself across the floor is chilling (albeit a little goofy), and Jesse messing around in the lab is one of the funniest scenes in the series.
50 – Breakage (2-5)
There’s a bit of a lull in Season 2 after the Tuco stuff is dealt with, but “Breakage” gets the series back on track.
A lot of plot threads start to get teased, and I was eager to see where the story would go from here.
49 – Madrigal (5-2)
Every episode in Season 5 is pretty darn great, but there’s a slight dry spell near the start (but I was used to that by now).
Some main players like Lydia start to get introduced, and Mike starts to get more of the centre stage – no complaints from me in that regard.
48 – No Más (3-1)
Season 3 starts with a fantastic cold open with the Salamanca twins, and then they deal with the aftermath of the tragic events of “ABQ”.
The scene where Walt addresses the mourning school crowd was one of the funniest to me, but the rest of the episode is pretty tame in comparison to that bombastic truck explosion.
47 – Cornered (4-6)
Am I putting this scene high up on this list purely for that one iconic scene alone? You’re goddamn right.
The rest of the episode is just about what you expect, but it’s hard to understate just how badass yet tragic that “I am the Danger!” scene is – it’s so great that I even have a poster of it on my wall.
46 – Caballo sin Nombre (3-2)
Season 3 started out so well before they leaned too heavily into the Skylar and Ted plotline …
After we saw what damage the Salamanca twins could do in the season opener, having them hunt Walt provided all the intensity I could have asked for.
Also, bonus points for that one-in-a-million pizza shot onto the roof – Walt’s got some serious skills.
45 – Seven Thirty-Seven (2-1)
Once again, Breaking Bad proved that terrible actions have terrible consequences in this Season 2 opener.
After the drug deal with Tuco went both brilliantly and horrifically at the same time, Walt and Jesse start to panic. It all culminates in that final scene in front of Walt’s house, and I was pumped to see what would happen in the next episode.
44 – Hazard Pay (5-3)
I was intrigued to see what they were going to do once Gus Fring was out of the picture (as meth-making seemed impossible), but “Hazard Pay” answered all of my questions.
The bug fumigation scheme is genius, and the writer that came up with that deserves all the praise (as well as a thorough police background check, the idea is almost too genius). The rest of the episode is pretty good too, but hardly worth writing home about.
43 – Fly (3-10)
The most controversial episode in Breaking Bad’s run, and it’s quite impressive that there are arguments for “Fly” being both the best episode and the worst episode in the series.
The first half has some great physical comedy moments, but the second half with deep, introspective conversations is what I keep coming back for. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were both masters of their craft during the show’s run, and this episode is up there with some of their best work.
42 – Mandala (2-11)
The episode that finally graced the world with Gus Fring’s presence, and Breaking Bad would never be the same again.
There’s a great, intense scene near the end where Walt has to do the deal while Jesse is high out of his mind, but the rest of the episode isn’t quite as memorable.
41 – Bit by a Dead Bee (2-3)
I always remembered this episode slowing the pace down considerably after the bombshell that was “Grilled”, but in retrospect that isn’t such a bad thing.
It’s nice to catch your breath after Tuco’s death, and there are some genuinely funny moments to alleviate the tension. I particularly like the scene where Walt admits he faked the fugue state – it’s an honest admission and a curious insight into Walt’s troubled mind.
40 – Shotgun (4-5)
I wasn’t sure what Gus’s plan was once he enlisted the help of Jesse, but by the end of the episode it all started to get a little clearer.
The Mike / Jesse buddy cop situation is pretty great, and the scene where Jesse has to prove himself against the potential thugs is a nice burst of energy after a trio of underwhelming (action-wise) episodes.
All of the episodes in this tier are truly excellent pieces of television, and I had a great time with them. Some of these episodes have individual moments I’ll never forget, whereas others are extremely solid throughout.
39 – A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal (1-7)
The fact that well over half of the episodes in “Breaking Bad” are at least “Great” just goes to show how ridiculously consistent the series was across all of its seasons.
Whilst not being the Season 1 finale the creators wanted (due to the 2008 Writers’ Strike), “A No-Rough-Stuf-Type Deal” still does a great job of following up the previous episode. It can feel a little rushed in places, but it’s still entertaining.
38 – Más (3-5)
Season 3’s first four episodes are a bit too tame for my liking, but things really start to pick up in Episode 5 – “Más”.
We’re introduced to the iconic Super Lab, and Gus gives a fantastic monologue about how “A man provides for his family, for that is what truly makes him a man“. You can tell the gears are starting to turn.
37 – Buried (5-10)
The “least good” episode of Series 5B, yet “Buried” is still a fantastic episode with some great moments.
Jesse is still in the middle of a crisis, Walt has to bury his savings in the middle of nowhere, and Kuby and Huel provide the laughs when they lie on top of the huge pile of money.
36 – Fifty-One (5-4)
The episode that finally won Anna Gunn her much-deserved, much-belated Emmy for her brilliant work as Skylar White on the series.
She really steals the show with her tragic portrayal, and the scene of her walking into the pool in attempted suicide is gut-wrenching. I still had my reservations about Skylar up until this point, but after “Fifty-One” I finally saw her for the tragic victim she truly was.
35 – Peekaboo (2-6)
“Peekaboo” is completely left-field during Season 2, almost like a random episodic adventure for Jesse to go on, but my goodness was it a memorable adventure.
His dealings with the two crackheads was both hilarious and horrifying, and the final five minutes took me completely by surprised on my first watch.
34 – Buyout (5-6)
Everyone is still trying to comprehend the victory of the train heist, yet only Jesse seems to mourn the loss of the innocent kid’s life.
You can start to see real fractures forming in Jesse’s relationship to Walt (more so than usual, anyway) and his decision to leave the business feels completely logical and justified when it finally comes.
33 – Bug (4-9)
A sort of in-between episode, Gus’s story from “Hermanos” is put on hold for a little bit before “Salud” – but in the meantime we get some great moments.
Gus staring down his potential killer is one of the most badass scenes in television history, and Walt and Jesse’s fight is the most visceral scrap between them yet – all of their other fights were comedic to some degree, but this one was just brutal and tragic.
32 – Abiquiu (3-11)
The cold open to this episode is unbelievably intense, and Combo’s death hit me hard. This sends Jesse into a downward spiral, but once he realises the killer was Andrea’s lost son things start to get really interesting.
The final scene of Jesse confronting the kid is top tier suspense, and once he walks away with a murderous look in his eye you fear for his safety – and I couldn’t wait to watch the next episode.
31 – Negro y Azul (2-7)
Bonus points for an awesome opening song that’s still stuck in my head to this day – that song slaps (and possibly foreshadows the events of the rest of the series?!?).
The highlight of the episode is when Hank and the DEA finds the severed head on the tortoise – the explosion took me completely by surprise, much like Hank himself, and I knew he would never be the same afterwards.
30 – Live Free or Die (5-1)
Season 5 opens with a bang, and after Gus’s defeat they waste no time at all cleaning up their tracks (after a kickass cold open, of course).
“Yeah bitch! Magnets!” You don’t get many Jesse Pinkman quotes more iconic than that, and the final magnet heist is a great way to start the season.
29 – Hermanos (4-8)
Only Breaking Bad would be so bold as to make Gus Fring, a sadistic criminal warlord with a penchant for brutal violence, a tragic character with an engrossing backstory.
We get to witness the birth of the Gus Fring we know and love, but at a tragic cost – the scene of Hector shooting Gus’s associate (or lover?) on Don Eladio’s estate is both shocking and emotional, and we would have to keep that simmering rage boiling inside of us, like Gus, until “Salud”.
28 – Blood Money (5-9)
“Gliding Over All” ends with the bombshell of Hank figuring out Walt’s true identity, and Season 5B wastes no time at all showing how deeply that revelation has affected all of the characters.
Jesse is also feeling a little blue, courtesy of the titular blood money that he wants no part of, but the final scene in Hank’s garage is what will be remembered most. Once Walt says “Your best course of action would be to tread lightly“, I knew the rest of the show would go down as the best of all time.
27 – … And the Bag’s in the River (1-3)
“The Cat’s in the Bag …” did an excellent job of proving that Breaking Bad would deal with the consequences of Walt’s actions, but “… And the Bag’s in the River” shows us that maybe some stones were better left unturned (or, maybe, he should have taken a “Full Measure” in the first place?)
The scene where Walt realises that Krazy-8 has been keeping a sharp plate shard is masterfully done, especially after all the time they spend building up the characters’ relationships with each other. It all comes to a head in the jaw-dropping conclusion, where Walt has to brutally kill Krazy-8 in order to save himself. If anything, this episode proved that Breaking Bad wouldn’t be the glorified drug-dealing romp I thought it would be.
These episodes all blew my mind, and I’ll never forget the experience I had watching them. Once the credits rolled, I was left in awe by how profoundly the story had impacted me.
26 – Problem Dog (4-7)
Wow … 26 out of 62 episodes are at least “Amazing” in my books. That’s truly extraordinary – that’s almost half of the episodes in the series that ended up blowing my socks off when I first watched them, and still give me chills on any subsequent re-watches.
There are a couple of stand-out moments in “Problem Dog” – Walt going completely unhinged and blowing up the car (for the second time this series) was a sight to behold, but Jesse Pinkman’s monologue is one of the best individual pieces of acting I’ve ever seen. I was so moved by Aaron Paul’s performance, and he fully deserved all of the Emmys at that year’s awards ceremony.
25 – ABQ (2-13)
It seems weird to say this is the weakest of the Breaking Bad finales (I don’t really count “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal” as Season 1’s finale, the previous episode is much more climactic) but that’s just the way it is when every single finale is so good.
Once again, Walt has to deal with the consequences of his actions – but this time, on a scale even he could never predict. The plane crash scene is absolutely unbelievable, and I sat in stunned silence once the credits rolled. Also, Skylar calling Walt out on his BS made for a nice confrontation.
Bonus points for all of the black-and-white cold opens in Season 2 giving a clue as to what the final twist would be (if you combine all of the episodes where they feature, you get “Seven Forty-Seven / Down / Over / ABQ“).
24 – Pilot (1-1)
The one that started it all, it’s hard to put into words just how many things Breaking Bad’s “Pilot” got right – it’s the best TV pilot in history (certainly top three, anyway) and the writing and acting are top notch straight out of the gate.
If anything, it’s a little jarring going back and watching this episode – and any from Season 1, for that matter. It’s tonally completely different to what comes after, and some of the individual moments feel a little out of place compared to the more serious scenes later in the series.
23 – 4 Days Out (2-9)
I didn’t ask for a “Breaking Bad does a survival show” episode when I first watched the series, but I’m really glad we got it.
The montages here are so good, and Jesse’s banter with Walt is some of the funniest in the series. Jesse even jokes that Walt could build a robot to save them from their predicament – foreshadowing for the finale, perhaps?
22 – End Times (4-12)
I’ve always thought “End Times” acted as a bit of a cool-down episode between the bonkers events of “Crawl Space” and “Face Off”, but even then this is far from a stress-free episode.
Walt starts to enact his plan to kill Gus, but nothing seems to be working. I also really like the scene of Jesse finally confronting Walt, before Walt manipulates him back to his side – even more despicable once his true actions against Brock were revealed in the closing moments of the finale.
21 – Box Cutter (4-1)
The best season opener in the series, I love how it’s gotten to the point in the show where they hardly have to do anything for 90% of the episode’s runtime and it’s still unbearably intense.
Everyone is still reeling after the events of the Season 3 finale, but the true shocker is when Gus mercilessly slits Victor’s throat right in front of them. The cold, dead look in actor Giancarlo Esposito’s eyes never fails to give me chills, and the cat-and-mouse chase of Season 4 had truly begun.
20 – Better Call Saul (2-8)
Who would’ve thought that a silly side-episode about a bumbling yet proficient criminal lawyer would spin off into its own series, but the character of Saul Goodman makes such a great impression early on that I’m not entirely surprised they decided to delve into his backstory.
It’s great to just get an unabashedly fun episode from time to time, and the shenanigans of trying to get Badger off the hook was a great way to alleviate some of the tension in the series (whilst introducing a great new character to the mix).
19 – Rabid Dog (5-12)
Walt seemed to be in complete control of the situation in Season 5, even despite Hank uncovering his true identity, but the tides started to shift against him in “Rabid Dog”.
It’s almost ironic that Jesse goes from killing “Problem Dogs” to becoming a “Rabid Dog” himself, and it takes Hank’s intervention and guidance to set him on a proper revenge path against Walt. The chess pieces are starting to move on the board, and you get a horrible feeling that someone is about to get checkmated.
18 – Sunset (3-6)
Tensions start to come to a head in “Sunset”, an episode which acts as the perfect setup for the events about to transpire in “One Minute”.
Gus Fring tips off the twins that Hank was the one who killed Tuco, and Hank himself has pinned Jesse (and Walt, unfortunately) down in his RV. The whole exchange through the RV door is fantastic, and even though it was sad to see the Winnebago go, it was a fitting send off to a beloved meth lab on wheels.
17 – Confessions (5-11)
Season 5B really starts to hit “All-Time Great” status during “Confessions”, as from this point forwards the series is spiralling down a sick and twisted path of phenomenal entertainment.
The titular confession is absolutely spin-tingling, and the confrontation between the Whites and Schraders is some of the most intense acting and dialogue I’ve ever seen.
16 – Phoenix (2-12)
The Jane and Jesse plotline was starting to get really troublesome for Walt, and I was desperate to know how he’d get Jesse back on his side. He wouldn’t kill that poor, innocent (ish) girl just to get Jesse back … would he?
“Phoenix” marks an important turn in Walt’s character, as I’d argue this is the first time he does something truly despicable and preventable. By watching Jane die before his eyes and doing nothing to save her, I realised that Walt wasn’t the awesome underdog I made him out to be.
15 – Grilled (2-2)
Season 2 is the only season of Breaking Bad that has such a climactic episode near the start, and “Grilled” takes you completely by surprise when you first see it. It could almost be a season finale, it’s just that good (maybe it was originally planned to be the Season 1 finale, perhaps, before the writers’ strikes cut it short?).
Walt and Jesse have been kidnapped by Tuco, and all hope seems lost. Even when they almost get the upper hand in an intense attempted poisoning scene, the plan falls through and they have to fight for their lives.
The real kicker of the episode, however, is Tuco’s showdown with Hank right at the end. It completely blew my mind that a 1v1 gunfight could be so enthralling; if Season 1 hadn’t hooked me enough already, then this episode certainly did.
14 – Granite State (5-15)
Much like how “End Times” bridged the gap between two climactic episodes in Season 4, “Granite State” does a superb job of keeping the momentum going after “Ozymandias”, and sets up the finale perfectly.
Walt has to fully come to terms with the repercussions of his actions – his family hates him, his meth-making days are over, and he has to live a dejected life in solitary. The stuff with Jesse is also gut-wrenching television, and once Walt decided to take action (to the sound of the theme song, which is the only time this ever happened outside of the credits) you knew something badass was about to go down.
13 – Crazy Handful of Nothin’ (1-6)
Now, I’ll admit it – I wasn’t completely invested in Breaking Bad during the majority of Season 1. The Pilot was great, the two episodes after that were really good, but then two filler-y episodes dragged the whole thing down, and to be perfectly honest I wasn’t sure what all of the buzz was about.
That all changed in “A Crazy Handful of Nothin'”, the sensational Season 1 episode that I consider to be the official season finale. Walt just waltzing into Tuco’s lair and blowing it up was one of the most badass things I’d ever seen, and I was fully invested in Heisenberg’s story after that.
12 – To’Hajiilee (5-13)
“Rabid Dog” started to tease the downfall of Walt, but “To’Hajiilee” is where it all came crashing down.
Walt gets completely outplayed by Jesse and Hank, but things take a horrible turn when Jack’s Neo-Nazis turn up. Once the gunfight broke out I was shocked into silence, and the noiseless credits really hammered home the gravity of the situation.
11 – Dead Freight (5-5)
A fan favourite episode, and it’s not hard to see why – it’s Heisenberg robbing a goddamn train for goodness sake, who doesn’t love a heist episode?!?
The plan is executed brilliantly, and it’s directed in such a way that you’re always on the edge of your seat. That triumph quickly turns sour, however, when the kid from the cold open stumbles across their scheme, and Todd – an unassuming figure up until now – suddenly became the main source of the viewer’s hatred with one simple gunshot.
These ten episodes are amongst my favourite television viewing experiences ever, and the fact there are ten to begin with just goes to show how perfect Breaking Bad’s run was (that’s an average of two per season!).
10 – Salud (4-10)
Whilst a lot of Season 4 is dedicated to the Gus vs Walt cat-and-mouse chase, I always got the feeling that it was building up to this very moment.
Seeing Gus take down the Cartel, a group that had wronged him so many years ago, got me a lot giddier than I wish to admit, and it was the only time in the show where I was cheering for the villain.
9 – One Minute (3-7)
After being masterfully teased in “Sunset”, you knew something both epic and awful was about to go down between Hank and the twins.
I really like how they set it up within the episode as well, and Dean Norris gives his best performance in the role while he’s toying with whether he’s worthy to wear the badge. Aaron Paul also gives a tear-jerking speech while in hospital … the sheer pain in his eyes always gets to me, what can I say.
The clear highlight of the episode is the finale fight – the best action scene in the show up until this point – and the direction and story beats are absolutely spot on. Once Hank takes down the final twin, he’s cemented himself as the most badass character on the show.
8 – Crawl Space (4-11)
Now that Gus’s revenge arc was concluded in “Salud”, the focus can once again go back to Walt and his desperate attempts to save himself and his family – and no episode is as intensely desperate and frantic as “Crawl Space”.
The final scene is legendary, possibly the greatest scene in the show’s run, and that panning out shot of him cackling inside the titular crawl space is the moment where Walter White died, and all that was left was the ruthless Heisenberg.
7 – Full Measure (3-13)
“Half Measures” was an absolutely bonkers way to set up the finale, and “Full Measure” completes the one-two punch to the gut.
Everything about this episode is perfection, from Walt’s slow walk in his Heisenberg attire to Giancarlo Esposito’s masterful performance as Gus, but the real MVP is Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman.
The scene at the end where Jesse pulls the gun on Gale, almost bursting into tears, is one of the most intense and emotional scenes in all of Breaking Bad, and I was desperate to know whether he actually shot him or not in the Season 4 opener.
6 – Gliding Over All (5-8)
Once Mike was “forcibly retired” and out of the picture for good, that left Walt with no moral compass left, and he could fully embrace his maniacal Heisenberg persona without any pushback.
So much of this episode is iconic, from the brutal prison killings to the dope “Crystal Blue Persuasion” montage, but the ending was what got me the most excited.
In true Breaking Bad fashion, Hank finds out Walt’s true identity while taking a dump, and the show had the nerve to leave that as a cliff-hanger until the second half of Season 5 aired. It sent chills down my spine, and I waited in agony for the next episode.
5 – Half Measures (3-12)
After I watched “Half Measures”, I was convinced it was the greatest television episode of all time – so you can imagine my surprise when four better ones came along during the rest of the show’s run!
That doesn’t mean I think any less of this episode, far from it – it’s the culmination of an entire season’s worth of build-up, and that crazy finale will stick in my mind forever.
Also, the other reason this episode has ranked so highly is the awesome speech made by Mike about taking half measures – it’s my favourite monologue in the show, and it teased the insanity that was about to unfold.
4 – Say My Name (5-7)
Mike Ehrmantraut is quite possibly my third favourite character on the show (behind Walt and Jesse, of course) and I was glad his death scene was handled so perfectly – even if it meant I could never forgive Walt ever again!
Walt lashes out after Mike hurts his pride, and even though Mike is seconds away from leaving Walt’s life for good he still decides to shoot him out of spite. I also find it quite wonderfully ironic that Mike, a deadly assassin, was given such a peaceful death by the riverbank.
The other kicker, of course, is the iconic “Say My Name” speech, where Walt is at his most badass. This was peak Heisenberg, fully in his flow with absolute power, and I loved watching Bryan Cranston tear up the scenery with every word.
3 – Face Off (4-13)
These top 3 episodes are almost impossible to separate – they’re all flawless, ten-out-of-ten masterpieces that will go down in television history as the best of the best, and I love them all equally.
The Gus and Walt battle is at its unbearable peak by this point, but even then I could never have predicted how Walt would claim victory – blowing up a retirement home? Poisoning a child?!?
“Face Off” has some of the most badass moments in television history, but even then you start to feel that Walt is becoming the primary antagonist of the show. As soon as Gus was out of the picture, I knew Season 5 was going to go off the rails.
2 – Felina (5-16)
There will never be a more satisfying finale in television history, and it’s truly remarkable that Vince Gilligan managed to craft an episode that both wraps up every plot point and provides the bonkers action and fulfilling character moments we tune in for.
Every character either gets their comeuppance or their freedom, courtesy of Walt’s borderline insane rampage. Walt feels like an empty shell of a man throughout the entire thing, only coming alive whenever Heisenberg needs to enact justice.
Both Walt and Jesse get the best possible endings as well – Walt dies in the place he loves most, and Jesse gets to drive off into the night in an El Camino, finally reclaiming his freedom. Even if we did get an epilogue film that showed Jesse’s ending in more detail, I’m glad they left it more open-ended once the credits of the show rolled.
1 – Ozymandias (5-14)
My favourite Breaking Bad episode, and also my favourite television episode of all time.
Even though “Felina” is the official finale, I can’t help but feel like “Ozymandias” is the true final instalment in the Heisenberg saga. It all comes crashing down, both his meth empire and his familial relationships, and he only had himself to blame.
Every second of every scene here is golden, and the acting performances from everyone are the greatest of all time. Hank’s death, Walt’s return back home, the phone call with Skylar … Bryan Cranston gives the best acting performance I’ve seen in any entertainment media ever, and he (and the rest of the cast and writers) thoroughly deserved all of the awards.
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As a songwriter, I’m always fascinated by the lyrical landscapes painted by my favourite artists. I believe the greatest lyricist in music history, the man capable of taking the listener on a captivating journey almost every time without fail, to be none other than David Bowie. Since this isn’t like my usual rankings, I’ll just…
Friends is in full swing now, and even the worst Season 4 episodes can still serve up laughs and a good time. How would I rank all the episodes? You can check out some of my related blog posts below: 23 – The One with the Invitation Rating: D- Sitcoms love to do clip-shows near…