Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is a unique series character. His development from stuffy chemistry teacher to unscrupulous drug lord in Breaking Bad is so complex and brilliantly told, strolling so artfully between the father in his underpants and the ice-cold killer, that fans are still trying to fathom the immense depth of the figure.
If you look closely, you will discover that the The main character of what is perhaps the best series in the world is basically even more abysmal than initially assumed. The clues can be found in the way Walt deals with his victims – which makes him as a character both sadder and more disturbing at the same time.
3 Breaking Bad scenes make Walter White’s perversion particularly clear
White aka Heisenberg has an impressive list of around 200 people on his conscience during the course of the thriller series, if you also count the accidents he was responsible for. But even with full intent, the formerly reserved pedagogue has many people strangled, shot, run over or blown up. With some of his victims, he then shows a very special mannerism that some fans may have missed so far, like Screen Rant breaks down. We explain the scenes that give Walt even more depth of character.
Incredibly complex figure: Walter White
1. Breaking Bad proof: Walter strangles Krazy-8 with a bicycle lock
The first example shows up in Breaking Bad Season 1. There Walter and partner Jesse (Aaron Paul) locked the dealer Krazy-8 (Max Arciniega) in a basement for their protection. When he tries to free himself with the help of a shard Walter strangles him unceremoniously with a lock.
What is interesting, however, is what happens afterwards: Krazy-8 had asked his kidnappers to cut off the edges of the sandwiches prepared for him. Long after his death, season 3 casually shows how Walter seems to have adopted this quirk for himself when he makes bread for himself.
Krazy-8 and Walter
2. Breaking Bad Proof: Gus Fring is blown up by Walter
That the whole thing is not just a dramaturgical coincidence turns out in a much more dramatic escalation in season 4. If Walter White is the best character in the series, Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) at least among the top five. The ice-cold drug dealer with the flawless facade initially works with Walter and Jesse, but then threatens their business and life more and more.
At least until Walter blows it up with a bomb attached to the wheelchair of the mute Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis). Here, too, it quickly becomes apparent that Walter seems to soak up certain parts of his victims.
Gus Frings Ende in Breaking Bad
Season 5 shows, for example, that he drives an old Volvo – a car similar to that of the brutally executed Fring. Previously, Walter had already been informed by his brother-in-law and thoroughbred policeman Hank (Dean Norris) that such cars are ideal for appearing as inconspicuous as possible in public. Afterwards, Walt generally tries to get into confrontations to seem as harmless as Gus at first glance. So here he is appropriating the camouflage strategy of his ex-competitor.
3. Breaking Bad Proof: Walter shoots his partner Mike
Just as popular among fans as chicken lover Gus Fring is his right-hand man Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a corrupt ex-cop and a particularly tough dog. After initially working with Walter, he finally turns against him and leaves the drug business. In a particularly stressful scene in Breaking Bad season 5, Mike is finally shot by Walter – and only because of his own insecurity.
He doesn’t take on a strategy from Mike, but much more trivial: the way he drinks his whiskey. Mike prefers to drink it with ice, which Walt copies after his death. Before that he had drunk the drink straight. In addition, the former chemistry teacher orientates himself on iconic sayings of Mike and adopts them in his own vocabulary.
The Breaking Bad scenes reveal what is really going on in Walter White’s psyche
The special thing about Walter White as one of the best series characters of all time is his ambivalence: If the viewer pities him deeply in one moment, you want to see him die a terrible death in other moments. Anger and sadness, arrogance and a sense of guilt are equally important in Cranston’s character. The scenes with the copied mannerisms of his victims start right there.
They show in a whole new light what perverse and at the same time pathetic vampirism Walter operates with his environment. On the one hand, he sucks his former business partners out in search of successful strategies, on the other hand, there is also an expression of great remorse in his mimicry.
A souvenir of a character whose death he would have liked to have avoided, but was still to blame. And with it a memorial to the loss of his innocence, which – as with Mike – sometimes in a completely idiotic way got lost.
Greed is just one of Walter’s facets
Walter’s stolen idiosyncrasies are somewhere in between Serial killer pathologywho keeps parts of his victims as souvenirs, and the innocent chemistry teacher who is appalled by his own actions. There is hardly a series that can combine such extreme poles in one figure. Especially not in such small details.
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