Part two of Breaking Bad‘s final season kicks off in just a few days, and we’re growing increasingly anxious, wondering where the end will take us. For four-and-a-half seasons, we’ve watched the characters grow and change, with no transformation as significant as Walter White’s own personal journey from meek and innocent to ruthless and evil. Years of watching Breaking Bad has taught us which chemical elements combine to make meth, and now, as we await the show’s denouement, we decided to break down the characters in the same way.
Years of watching Breaking Bad has taught us which chemical elements combine to make meth, and now, as we await the show’s denouement, we decided to break down the characters in the same way. Using assets from the Shutterstock library, we created a “chemical” diagram for each of the main players from the show. See how they all combine below, then tell us what you think. Does everything add up?
Walter White | Tyrant
Over the past five years, Walt has evolved from a harmless man to become a manipulative tyrant who will go after power at any price. Originally in the drug game to help his family, the Walt of season five wants only money, control, and respect. He’s used any means necessary to get there, crushing each of his enemies along the way.
Jesse Pinkman | Outcast
Jesse, the outcast, has always had a good heart. But he’s loyal to a fault, constantly trying to belong to something and find someone to love. Because of this, Walt is able to easily manipulate Jesse, who craves redemption and often turns to drugs himself throughout the series.
Hank Schrader | Warrior
One of the only Breaking Bad characters to ever act with honor, Hank is the show’s warrior. He’s protective, tenacious, and always looking out for what’s right — even if he has to bend a few rules to get there.
Skyler White | Innocent
From day one of Breaking Bad, Skyler has been the innocent. She was kept in the dark while Walt transformed into a villain, and she is often forced into harm’s way in order to protect her children.
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