Walter White is as dangerous as the kingpin of a meth organisation can get, but how many people lost their lives because of his empire?
‘Breaking Bad’ is one of television’s most character-driven shows, which features complex storytelling unlike anything viewers have seen before. Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) character development through the six seasons of the show has been quite remarkable. Walter White has been the reason behind hundreds of deaths, even though he didn’t commit all of them on his own. The history teacher turned drug lord put an end to many lives to save his own. While White didn’t personally kill all of them, his merciless demeanour has terrified even his biggest supporters.
- Emilio Koyama
- Gael Boetticher
- Mike Ehrmantraut
His stern face and confident attitude doesn’t quiver even when he is outmanned and outgunned. Walter White is always confident because he knows he can leave any situation unharmed. His greed caused him to sacrifice the good things so much that he lost respect in the eyes of his loved ones. In the end, Walter White had pushed himself to a place he could never return from. On the way, Walter White was responsible for over 150 deaths, but there are only a few he committed on his own. Keep reading to revisit them!
Walter White was a drug lord, but he was a killer too. Here’s why he was dangerous and deadly:
Walt pretends to teach Jesse’s former associate Emilio a meth recipe but creates a deadly gas that causes him to asphyxiate in the RV. This act was however done in self-defence because Emilio betrayed Walt and Jesse, and was going to kill them unless they did it first! Walt and Jesse are later forced to dissolve his body in an acid bath to cover up the crime
If you really think about it, killing Krazy-8 was also a kind of self-defence measure that Walt and Jesse had to take. Mr 8 was another drug dealer who was trapped in the RV with Emilio but manages to survive the gas. Walt and Jesse then restrain him, and Walt uses a bike lock to strangle him to death.
Remember Jesse’s heroin-addicted girlfriend, Jane Margolis? Walter watched as she choked on her vomit after an overdose, and let her die, knowing he could’ve saved her. It’s acceptable that Walt was looking out for Jesse, and that Jane was a bad influence on him, but that’s not a reason to let someone die!
Two of Gus’ dealers
When Walter’s meth empire begins to build itself, he finds himself surrounded by tough competition. Jesse decides to confront the rivals directly but Walt has a different plan in mind. He protects Jesse by shooting one dealer in the head and running over the other one with his car.
Walt ordered Jesse to kill Gael, the lab assistant Gus brought in to replace Jesse with. Walt never wanted anyone but his partner to know the meth recipe and orders Jesse to kill Gael, an incident he never recovers from. Until this point, Jesse hadn’t killed anyone and still felt remorse for his wrongdoings. Walt often manipulated Jesse and this is the moment that turned him into a killer.
Until then, Walt hadn’t personally killed a major character in the series, which is why this death shocked fans to their core. You may imagine there’s a big reason here but the truth is that Mike enraged Walt, who wouldn’t have it. He pointlessly shot Mike in the gut because he lost his temper.
Jesse’s captors aka the Nazis
Walt’s attempt to free Jesse Pinkman from the nazis came to an end with his own life. His last stand sees him take down Uncle Jack along with six members of his gang, using a machine gun, but gets shot by during the process. He later asks Jess to kill him, before realising he’s bleeding from a gunshot wound.
Walter White is the reason behind several other deaths, from Andrea Cantillo, Jesse’s girlfriend, and the mother of young Brock, to Lydia, White’s distributor whom he could never trust. While he may have gotten his hands dirty for only a few deaths, he’s responsible for hundreds more.
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