“Breaking Bad” may be history, but the show is still beloved. Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston starred as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, a pair who link up and become drug dealers. Here are some indelible scenes from the five seasons that put “Breaking Bad” on the map: (SPOILER ALERT: Read no further if you don’t want plot points revealed).
This scene from Season 1 offers one of the first glimpses into how smart and ruthless Walter White (Cranston) can be when cornered. Here, Walt leaves with a bag of cash after igniting an explosion at the lair of Tuco, a midlevel meth dealer.
Jesse Pinkman (Paul), Walt’s apprentice, does heroin with his neighbor girlfriend Jane in Season 2. Soon after, Walt discovers Jane choking on vomit in her sleep and does nothing to save her, a decision that made his character unredeemable in the eyes of some viewers.
Walt’s brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris), a DEA agent, tracks down the RV that Walt and Jesse have been using as a meth lab, trapping Walt and Jesse, who are hiding inside. But Walt orchestrates a fake emergency phone call to lure Hank away and escape without being identified.
Drug lord Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito, left), livid over an act of betrayal by Walt and Jesse, sends a brutal message in this soon-to-be bloody scene from Season 4.
In this dramatic Season 4 showdown, Gus takes Jesse and loyal henchman Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) to Mexico to meet with the vicious leader of a drug cartel. One poisoned bottle of rare tequila later, the three are fleeing for their lives.
Jesse, Walt and new accomplice Todd (Jesse Plemons) encounter an unfortunate surprise witness when they stage a daring train robbery in the New Mexico desert.
As a seasoned fixer, the unflappable Mike is usually the one pointing a gun at someone. But Walt, growing increasingly volatile, turns the tables on him in this momentous scene from Season 5.
Walt and wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), a reluctant accomplice in his tenuous drug empire, visit a storage unit where she reveals to him a massive stack of unlaundered cash. “I want my life back,” she pleads. “How big does this pile have to be?”
In the last episode before “Breaking Bad’s” final run, Hank discovers some incriminating bathroom reading in Walt’s house. What would he do with this startling information? His actions helped drive the narrative for the show’s final eight episodes.
Walter White confronts Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz in the series’ final episode.