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Partner? [puts a cigarette out
on his tongue] Oh yeah, I remember that little bitch! So you must be daddy. Let me get this straight...I steal your dope, hmm? I... BEAT THE PISS out of your mule boy, and then you walk in here, and you bring me more meth? [laughs] That's a brilliant plan, ese. Brilliant.

I've never looked at Tuco as being a bad guy. I always seen him as the hero to his own story, and someone who has to defend what he's fighting for, who will go to any length to protect what he needs to protect. Walter able to reason with him because he's able to appeal to his sense of justice. The way that Tuco look at things is fair. The thing that happen later on in Breaking Bad is he gets affected by the blue meth, and the drugs completely distort his perception on things, so the drug heightens his emotions. But normally he has a huge heart. He's like a ferocious pitbull, and you have to be careful when you cross his path.

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It's All About the Weight, Yo

A Meditation on Jesse
Pinkman's Long Road Down

It appeared that Jesse Pinkman was never long for the world of Walter White.

From the very moment Walter laid eyes on him, stumbling in his underwear out of a second-story window of a house that his DEA agent brother-in-law Hank had just begun to raid, Jesse was a mark. Originally intended to provide merely a conduit for Walt to gain entry into the seedy underworld of methamphetamine production and distribution, the character of Jesse was to be the first in a long line of bodies accumulated as a consequence of the ruthless ascent of Heisenberg. It speaks volumes to the emotional load borne by Jesse Pinkman that it’s essentially unthinkable to imagine Breaking Bad without him.

He’s been called the conscience of the show, the moral center, the heart. They’re all rather artless tropes that too neatly pigeonhole a character deceptively broad in his scope. Jesse isn’t the cowardly lion, dopily bumbling alongside the merciless mastermind Walt, providing comic relief and burnout charm to contrast the darkness all around. Despite his apparently dead-end lot in life and the total lack of book smarts and formal schooling of his compatriot Walt, Jesse’s ingenuity belies his baggy sweatpants and skull cap exterior.

The truth is, within Jesse lies all of the vanity and avarice that have so thoroughly consumed Walt. Like Walt, Jesse wants respect. Jesse is not an honest person. He too is a liar, a thief, a con man, and a murderer. He is irresponsible, selfish, and too lazy to forge any honest path for himself in this world. He conspires to sell meth to addicts in a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. It feels good to watch Jesse stick it to his parents and buy the home out from under them that they would no longer let Jesse inside of, but they rightly mourned the condition of their son and felt protective of Jesse’s corruptible younger brother that he still held sway over. Jesse has in many ways failed himself and the people who love him. A life of crime is his only means of ever becoming anything other than the loser the world sees him as. It’s a pitiable state.

And he feels every bit of it.

The “odd couple” aspect of Walt and Jesse’s relationship is apropos for numerous reasons, not the least of which is the opposite way at which they approached life at the time of their re-acquaintance. Walt became intimately aware at the offerings of a straight life, cobbling together a living at the local high school and working at the carwash on weekends, while Jesse pursued the life of a drug dealer. It’s no small irony that a student memorable to Walt for his incompetence in high school chemistry became something of a low-level chemist himself, concocting that pathetic feculence that Jesse branded “Chili-P.”

Despite their surface-level differences, at the beginning Walt and Jesse struggle with the same moral qualms that present themselves as the price of doing business in the meth underworld. Neither one of them wants to murder Krazy-8, but it’s an inarguable fact that if they don’t kill him, their bodies will be the next ones to be disposed of unceremoniously. This is the point where Walt and Jesse forever diverge. Walt has a taste for all things criminal including the feeling he gets from murder. The deaths directly and indirectly caused by Walter White never faze him in an appreciable way; instead they put the wind in his sail. Walt never looks back; he never pauses to reflect. Jesse is different. Jesse’s decision to make it as a meth dealer has no shortage of fallout. Because of his affiliation with Walt, the people in Jesse’s orbit are helplessly pulled into the danger that he has invited into his life.

After he is kicked out of his deceased aunt’s house for running a meth lab, he befriends his new landlord’s daughter Jane, she of a former drug habit that landed her in rehab and almost destroyed her relationship with her father. It’s a predictably sad domino effect of grief when Jesse’s comrade Combo is offed for dealing meth on the wrong side of town. The death of his friend haunts Jesse, which in turn leads him deeper into drug addiction, creating the perfect environment for Jane to relapse.

Getting pinched is one thing. When Badger foolishly sold meth to the undercover cop on the sidewalk bench, it could be chalked up to his own stupidity and the risk inherent in selling drugs. But Combo isn’t coming back. He sold the drugs Jesse made in the spot where he was instructed to sell them. Combo was only there because of Jesse, and now Combo is dead. The downward spiral eventually consumes Jane when she is allowed to overdose by the on-looking Walt. Too stupefied to glean Walt’s presence, Jesse is helpless to save her by the time he achieves consciousness the next morning.

There are parallel storms steaming through Albuquerque. Walt’s is the larger, more formidable one, wantonly causing mayhem at his pleasure and growing in size and scope in proportion to his fledgling empire. Jesse’s storm is smaller and of the more regretful sort. The body count in his corner isn’t as high, but it’s much more personal. The people Jesse is indirectly responsible for killing are people he cared for and even loved. Without them, he seeks to anesthetize himself until he can join them.

Aside from the occasional scotch, Walt never partakes in anything that might alter his reality. Reality seems to suit him just fine (and all the more as the violence and his stature grows) while Jesse prefers to fade away in a drug den in the worst part of town ever conceived on television. It’s an act that drips of selfish motivation, but when Walt rescues Jesse from the fate that certainly awaits him in the drug den against the advice of seen-it-all hitman Mike Ehrmantrout, the depth of Jesse’s pain is revealed. He knows he might as well have stuck the plunger in Jane’s arm himself. She may have been the more experienced heroin user, but he was her lighted path back to the dark world of addiction.

Walt wants Jesse to live, but only because he’s the only person he can implicitly trust. Walt puts Jesse in rehab not to get him healthy and readjusted to properly re-enter society. No, Walt just wants Jesse well enough to get back in the game. Grief-stricken Jesse is useless to Walt and by extension useless to the terrifying Gus Fring. When Jesse gets out, Walt has a whole new place for him to sink.

Gale was originally Jesse’s replacement. He had the formal training, the personal stability, and the temperament to carry out the daily task of cooking two hundred plus pounds of blue methamphetamine at a time. Of all the characters to whom Breaking Bad has introduced its audience, Gale occupied his place in the meth underworld with the least baggage. He was a gentle, middle-aged chemist whose reasoned libertarian beliefs justified his entre into large-scale meth manufacturing. He valued the brilliance of Walter’s formula as explicitly as he did a nice cup of tea enjoyed in the company of some background Italian opera.

But Gale is Gus’ guy and outside of Walt’s purview. He wants Jesse’s classical approach to meth making as opposed to Gale’s jazz. It’s all a ruse of course. Walt just wants Jesse there to provide him a level of comfort and a buffer for when push finally comes to shove. Fresh out of rehab and of clear mind that he not only caused the death of Jane, but also the deaths of everyone on-board the 737s that crashed as a result of Jane’s father’s grief, Jesse has a clearer sense of right and wrong. He retains the same debilitating self-loathing for the wrongs for which he is responsible, but he now seems keen to actually do something about them.

Becoming romantically involved with Jesse is an inherently dangerous proposition, but Andrea doesn’t know that. She shares Jesse’s weakness for meth, but provides a comforting rebound from the horrific ending of his last relationship. When Jesse finds out that Andrea’s 11-year-old brother Tomas (the young boy who killed his friend Combo) was murdered by two street-level drug dealers, Jesse chooses to act.

It speaks to the level of the grief that Jesse still feels that he brazenly attempts to murder the bad guys who killed Tomas. The beatings he suffered at the hands of Tuco and Hank came without much of a fight. It isn’t that Jesse is a wimp; he merely operates with the requisite level of fear that any reasonable person might exhibit when exposed to such brutality [The scene in Season Two (in the episode entitled “Peekaboo”) where Jesse tries to steel himself to burst into the house of meth-heads who previously robbed Skinny Pete by reciting tough-guy, “Give me the money, bitch!” lines is among the funniest of that season.] But here he is. Standing in the spot not far from where his friend Combo and Andrea’s little brother were murdered, brandishing a gun, ready to kill or be killed.

Of course it doesn’t happen. Walt gives them the full-on-60-mph-Pontiac-Aztek treatment just as they are about to lay waste to Jesse. Jesse doesn’t know it, but Walt has a larger purpose in store for him. He’s more than willing to take over the role of avenger if it means keeping Jesse alive to eliminate the man tapped to now replace Walt: Gale Boetticher.

In the frantic last moments of Gale’s life, Jesse finally joins Walt in that deepest and darkest place in the amoral world. Up until this point, Jesse and Walt are killers of a very particular sort. Sure they’ve had to work as a team to eliminate some seriously bad dudes that wanted them dead here and there. But Gale is no such person. He’s an innocent. At no point, past, present or future, has Gale Boetticher ever been a threat to Jesse and/or Walt. It’s no matter though. Gale has been groomed by Gus to replace Walt and for that reason, he has to
die ... and Jesse has to do the killing.

The fallout from Jesse’s first foray into cold-blooded murder is predictable. He is not equipped with the tools or the psychopathic personality to inure himself from the anguish that accompanies shooting a man in the face at close range. Jesse can’t be pragmatic about it, he can’t bargain away his emotions to the point where he can reconcile that what he did had the tangible effect of keeping Walt, and by extension himself, alive. All that Jesse sees is the horror of the moment. The helpless look in kindly Gale’s eyes.

So if Walt won’t let Jesse go to a crackhouse to die, easier to bring the crackhouse home. Jesse doesn’t have the heart or the fortitude to kill himself, so the death-by-cop routine that he enlists by stealing meth from Gus to keep the endless party at his house going has a reasonable chance of getting the job done. After indirectly killing Combo, Jane, and whole planes-full of people, Jesse tried the passive route to achieve permanent respite from what he has wrought on the world. While stealing from Gus Fring is not a sure thing the way shooting yourself is, he has every reason to think that his death is a likely outcome.

The grief that weighs on Jesse is so immense that it almost hurts to see Gus choose the unconventional route of hugging Jesse even closer instead of pushing him off a cliff. Much like Walt, Gus sees utility in Jesse. A person with nothing to lose can be a valuable tool in a world chalk-full of men willing to dole out death, and Jesse is nothing if not a tool for the whims and uses of the puppet masters that pull his strings.

Jesse has a weakness for children. The tenderness with which he speaks to his high-achieving little brother and the vengeance that he seeks for the murdered Tomas indicate a sensitivity to the plight of the children in his world. Unfortunately, his world contains Walter White.

Replete with the knowledge that Jesse has a soft spot for Andrea and children alike, it stands to reason that Andrea’s child, Brock, would make for a fine target to bring Jesse back into Walt’s fold. After Walt and Jesse’s brutal Season Four falling out, Walter can see tangible evidence that his empire is disappearing before his eyes. The shelving of their original plan to poison Gus with ricin provided Walt with the perfect backdrop to once-again make Jesse do exactly what he wanted, to murder.

As Brock falls ill from the apparent effects of the misplaced ricin, Jesse once again switches into vengeance-mode. Jesse can abide many things, but the attempted murder of Brock is too much. Even as Jesse reasons that it couldn’t have been Gus who was responsible as the real culprit of the poisoning, since it was the Lily of the Valley plant (the same one sitting in Walt’s backyard), he is too emotional to unwind his vow to murder Gus.

Jesse knows he’s the bad guy. He knows he cannot properly repent for all of his sins; he can’t undo the awful things that have already been done. Some of the people he loves are alive, some are dead. He can scour his apartment for the tiny pill of ricin all he wants, but he knows deep down that there is no going back, no guarding the innocents. As the Fifth Season steamed toward it’s midpoint break, the cracked shell that is Jesse shatters once again.

As Jesse, Walt, and bright-eyed new guy Todd prep the area adjacent to the train trestle where they plan to pull off a breathtaking train-heist, Todd asks Jesse how they plan to pull off such a daring robbery. It’s Jesse’s ingenious plan, so Walt gives him the honor of explaining how they plan on replacing 1000 gallons of methylamine with 900.2 gallons of water in only a few short minutes. With a wry smile, Jesse says, “It’s uh, it’s all about the weight, yo.”

And it is.

It’s a weight that will crush Jesse yet again. Moments after their adrenaline pumping success, Todd pulls out his gun and kills the boy on the dirtbike, who had been watching them all along. Breaking Bad has always been a tale about many things, not the least of which is the journey of self-discovery that Walt and Jesse are on. They both want respect from a world that gives them none. Jesse doesn’t want to be a murderer or a thief or a drug-addict or someone responsible for the death of a child. But he is all those things. It’s the price of his sad journey. It’s the weight he must bear.
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Totally destroyed his family and many, many other families as well, counting the plane crash victims that Jesse felt responsible for. Not to mention the families of those possible jailhouse snitches Heisenberg had wack in a 2 minute window. DAMN he was a fuqin GANGSTER!"
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Saw the billboard on the right while driving through Las Vegas.. anyone see the influence?
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Breaking Bad: Walt’s 10 Most Psychotic Moments

10.) Walt’s “Confession”

“My name is Walter Hartwell White… I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane… Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. This is my confession…”

Walt was always most unnerving and chilling when he was the Heisenberg wolf in the Walter sheep clothing. There may be no better example of this then when Walt pre-emptively covers his own ass by creating this taped “confession” which implicates his DEA agent brother in law Hank as the mastermind behind the whole Heisenberg meth empire. In the video, Walt plays the part of the hapless victim to a T. The season five Heisenberg morphs right back into season one Walt in such a convincing manner that even the overconfident, macho Hank knows that Walt has gotten the better of him.

In the taped “confession”, Walt proves that, as Heisenberg, there is nothing he won’t do to ensure his own survival. He convincingly cries, cites his cancer diagnosis as something that Hank takes advantage of, and even claims that he was an indentured servant of Gus Fring because of Hank. Maybe Walt’s deceptions and actions could be defended a simple survival in the earlier seasons, but by this point in season five, this was the work of a detached, cold bastard… And it worked.

9.) Turning Down Elliott’s Offer

“I need to understand your thought process, because clearly I don’t” -Skyler White

This season one moment may not be widely considered to be one of Walt’s most “psychotic” per se, but it begins to lift back the veil of Walt’s atypical (if not psychotic) thought processes. After hearing of Walt’s cancer diagnosis, former co-worker Elliott Schwartz offers Walt a job. When Walt refuses, Elliott flat out offers to pay for Walt’s cancer treatments. Not only does Walt turn this down as well, but his conversation with Skyler afterward shows us an early peak of his transition into Heisenberg. This early into season one, Walt’s decision could be written off as simple pride. Looking back, we can see that Walt’s diagnosis didn’t change him, it just gave him self-imposed “permission” to become the person that was likely always lying just beneath the surface of his “nice guy” demeanour.

Turning down Elliott’s offer allowed Walt to continue with his fantasy to become what would eventually be Heisenberg. His harsh tone toward Skyler supports the idea that Walt was acting out a self-fulfilled prophecy that he wouldn’t allow anyone to interfere with, including his own wife. This decision to choose a dangerous and criminal solution over a safe, legal one shows a maladaptive cognitive process that only gets deeper as the show progresses.

8.) Poisoning Brock

“Who do you know who is okay with using children? Jesse, who has allowed children to be murdered?”

For Walt, the ends always seem to justify the means. This, in and of itself, shows a tendency toward clinical psychopathology but in this instance, the means includes poisoning a young boy to manipulate Jesse for Walt’s own self-preservation. As if the poisoning itself wasn’t bad enough, the elaborate ruse Walt employs to fool Jesse is nothing short of sociopathic. Walt uses some classic manipulation techniques to secure Jesse’s loyalty, including striking at his weak spot (Brock), convincing him he is being manipulated by someone else to keep the spotlight off of Walt, making himself seem powerless and making Jesse seem powerful in the situation and offering very plausible deniability when Jesse was emotionally fragile.

It’s reasonable to believe that someone would do all of this for the sake of self-preservation. In Walt’s case, he seems to give equal regard to survival and the excitement of plotting it all out and pulling it off, even if it is at the expense of someone close
to him.

7.) Killing Krazy 8

“The moment I do… Are you gonna stick me with that broken piece of plate?”

While not technically the first death that Walt was responsible for, the murder of Krazy 8 is significant for a few reasons. First of all, the method is more direct. Walt essentially garrottes Mr. 8 with a bicycle lock.

Secondly, the murder isn’t something that happens “in the moment”. Krazy 8 was securely locked to a post in Jesse’s basement. Walt had plenty of time to consider what to do. Once Walt notices that Krazy 8 was hiding a piece of broken plate (presumably to kill Walter with), Walt’s mind is made up: Krazy gottta go.

We get to see what is essentially an early version of a Heisenberg performance piece. Walt keeps Krazy 8 calm by walking down to the basement with the lock key visible. He builds confidence in Krazy by making himself seem vulnerable when he asks
“So….you’re not angry?” At the moment when Walt has Krazy convinced that he is going to get through the scenario alive, he drops the bomb by asking “The moment I do…are you gonna stick me with that broken piece of plate?” before pulling the lock against Krazy’s windpipe.

Walt clearly has some inner turmoil with this decision, and probably wished at the time that there could have been a more peaceful solution. Before commencing the killing he had tears in his eyes and it did take him awhile to come to his conclusion.

Walt wasn’t full-blown Heisenberg at this point and was still reconciling what Freud called his “ID” and “Super-ego”.

What makes this occasion so important is that, like with any killer, it helped to desensitize Walter to doing whatever he felt was necessary to achieve his goals.

As the body count rose, we see less tears and more conviction out of Mr. White.

6.) Making Jesse Kill Gale

“You don’t… You don’t have to do this…”

Jesse’s own daddy issues make him a prime dupe for Walt throughout the series. The combination of being oddly loyal and somewhat naive leads Jesse to do plenty that he normally wouldn’t.

This situation is particularly dastardly on Walt’s part since it involves having Jesse kill someone else who looks to Walt as a mentor. Gale Boetticher is an uber libertarian, genius-level organic chemist who, despite making his living as a meth cook, is an otherwise cultured and nice guy (who also makes great coffee). When Walt finds himself as being expendable to his employer Gus Fring, the only way to ensure his continued survival is to once again make himself the sole producer of the coveted “blue sky” meth.

Before Gus’ goons have the chance to put Walter down, Walt calls Jesse and explains that Jesse must kill Gale or else Jesse’s life is at risk. Jesse, believing Walt’s words to be true, goes to Gale’s apartment and plants a bullet just below the mild-mannered chemist’s left eye.

Once again Walt gets himself out of a world of feces by manipulating Jesse and ending the life of someone who didn’t deserve it. At this point, Walter has shown a pattern of behaviour and thinking that is in line with having a psychological disorder. As they say, the definition of insanity is “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome”. As we know with Walter White though, the ends always justify…

5.) Organizing The Multi-Prisoner Hit

“It can be done exactly how I want it. The only question is: Are you the man to do it? Figure it out. That’s what I’m paying you for.”

You have officially become a true crime lord when you are organizing the assassination of people who may testify against you. In the case of Walter White, he procured the services of a white supremacist gang leader to ensure the demise of ten different inmates in three different correctional facilities within a two minute window. Even if ordering the deaths of the nine henchmen and their attorney could be explained away as necessity, the method that is insisted upon by Walt shows that this act wasn’t just one of mere survival. It was meant to send a message.

The message? Heisenberg is a bad M**F** who is not to be trifled with. Not surprisingly, Walt’s meth operation enjoys a few unencumbered months of smooth operation after this little turn of events. Even meth peddlers and hardened criminals get scared by a certain level of psycho.

4.) Watching Jane Die

“I watched Jane die. I was there, and I watched her die. I watched her overdose and choke to death. I could have saved her, but I didn’t.”

Walter White was nothing if not an opportunist. At this point in the show, Jesse Pinkman’s girlfriend Jane Margolis had gotten Jesse turned on to heroin and had the gall to try to turn Jesse against Walt and blackmail Walt into giving Jesse money from the meth deal with Gus Fring.

When Walt went to Jesse’s house to make nice, he happened upon Jesse and Jane both passed out after using heroin. When Walt turned Jane onto her back and saw her asphyxiating on her own vomit, Walt had a couple of options. He could turn Jane over, saving her life and probably earning the gratitude and trust of Jesse…or….he could coldly sit and watch her choke to death on her own bile while lying next to the man who loved her. This is the pragmatic (and probably sociopathic) Mr. White though, and only one choice guaranteed that Jane’s interference would cease.

Almost as disturbing as this scene was the one later on in season five when Walt admits to Jesse that he watched Jane die and chose to do nothing. Regardless of how many times Walt had lied to, manipulated, and risked the life of Jesse, Walt considered Jesse’s association with the DEA unforgivable and coldly ordered Jesse to be killed (even though he later saves Jesse from the very people he ordered to kill Jesse) and told his protege the most hurtful thing possible. At this juncture, any trace of the innocent, milquetoast Walter White was completely swallowed up by the vicious Heisenberg.

3.) He Is The One Who Knocks

“A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No…I am the one who knocks.”

After several instances of bumbling through thin lies, playing the victim and making excuses, it is in “Cornered”, the sixth episode of season four, that Walt finally takes off the kid gloves with Skyler and lets her see what he has become. Skyler, who is at this point aware of Walt’s extracurricular activities, still believes that he is merely a naive chemistry teacher who is in over his head. This triggers Walt’s dark side as he explains to her that he is not in danger because he is the danger. Walt’s speech to Skyler is delivered with such unflinching conviction that it becomes clear that Skyler understands that Walt is no longer the man she once knew and loved. During the first few seasons, Walt gradually embraces what he becomes but always kept up a front for his family. Once he pulls back the curtain in front of his wife, there is no turning back.

2.) Nursing Home Explosion

“Gus is dead… We’ve got work to do”

It is the end of season four and Walter has manipulated both Jesse Pinkman and handicapped, elderly gangster Tio Salamanca into assisting in the murder of kingpin Gus Fring. Once Walt learns from Jesse that Gus visits his old rival Tio in a nursing home, Walt convinces the ailing Salamanca to attach a bomb to his wheelchair. Tio, who can only communicate by ringing a bell in Morse Code, agrees to use the bomb to blow up himself and Gus during his next visit. Sure enough, when Gus comes a callin’, Tio Salamanca rings the bell, triggering the bomb. The ensuing blast kills Tio, one of Gus’ henchmen, and blows off half of Gus’ face (killing him not so quickly). To be clear, this plan of Walt’s included the guaranteed deaths of two people (Salamanca and Gus), caused the death of another man (Tyrus, Gus’ goon), risked the lives of countless innocents in the nursing home and tied into Walt’s lie to Jesse about poisoning his girlfriend’s son Brock.

With this act, Walt showed that in the grand scheme, pretty much anybody was expendable.

1.) Say My Name

“You know… You all know exactly who I am. Say my

It is the quintessential Walter White moment; The pinnacle of his character arc. It is the fifth season and he has completed his transformation from broke, sickly cancer-ridden chemistry teacher into the steely-eyed drug kingpin known as Heisenberg.

Walter, Jesse and Mike are standing in front of rival drug dealer Declan and his crew. This is a situation that would have had season one Walter White soiling his shorts. Now, however, we see a smirking, confident Heisenberg completely controlling the situation. There is no more pretence about his identity.

Heisenberg is no longer a name he uses to protect himself or his family. Walter has completely succumbed to the fantasy of being this new person. It may be who he was all along but never allowed himself to be because of a fear of consequence, lack of self-esteem or self-imposed morality.

Regardless, when he looks Declan (no softie in his own right) square in the eye, tells them that he killed Gus Fring, and orders them to say his name, Declan apprehensively murmurs “Heisenberg”. This cements Walter’s full immersion into the identity of a man who lies, cheats, steals, manipulates and kills, not because he has to anymore, but because he likes it and is good
at it.

What do you think were Heisenberg’s most psychotic moments?
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I Am the Danger

"Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”—that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears—the glasses, the business suit—that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us.”

—Bill (David Carradine), Kill Bill, Vol. 2

At they make their first, tentative steps on the road to domination of the south western meth trade, Jesse Pinkman, displaying some of the caution that is an essential asset of the business, has a question for his new partner; “Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, age what—60? He’s just gonna break bad?” We’ll give Pinkman a pass on the insults because it’s not an unreasonable question. The dowdy put-upon 50 year-old high school teacher Walter White who, yes, does have a giant stick up his ass, isn’t the typical entrant into the drug game. You’d question him too. Like Jesse, you’d want to know if he was depressed or crazy and if he isn’t either of those things then what is he?

“I am awake,” he replies.

Siddhartha is reputed to have answered with the same words after rising from his bodhi tree. Awake. Reborn. Enlightened? OK, so White is no Buddha, but the line does suggest a kind of emergence, a new consciousness that had hitherto been hidden from view. It takes a little while for it to develop in full, but it is so distinct from the ordinary Walter that, even at this early stage, it’s convenient to give it a label. Let’s call it Heisenberg.

The power of Bryan Cranston’s performance is in his portrayal of these two personae who manage to be completely different while inhabiting the same body. The behavioral contrast recalls Christopher Reeve’s performances as Superman/Clark Kent. Heisenberg is sharp, decisive and demanding, Walter is bumbling, awkward and uncertain. Just listen to the number of times he leaves requests hanging in the air. “Mind if I…?” “Can I just…?” He’s embarrassed to even be asking the question. Heisenberg, on the other hand, seizes attention. He’s more imperative than interrogative. Out in the desert, miles from safety he confronts an angry rival and proposes, no, demands collaboration. “Say my name,” he commands. “Heisenberg,” comes the reply. “You’re god damn right.”

The first flicker of the emerging Heisenberg comes much sooner, not in the manufacture of drugs, which is, after all, “only chemistry” —even Walter can do that. Walter.—but in the killing of Krazy-8. Taking two episodes, it is, even in the era of 60-hour drama, an exceedingly drawn out event. The drama comes not so much from the moment of murder, but from Walter wrestling with his conscience, or rather, Walter wrestling with Heisenberg. Such grappling dominates the character for the remainder of the run.

It’s starts off fairly amusingly. As a rational man of science, he rather sweetly insists on making a list of the pros and cons of going through with it. A line bisects the paper, signifying the duality at play here. On the left hand side are the reasons not to let him live. Right hand side: reasons why he should kill him. Walter is still the dominant personality at this stage and naturally begins with the reasons not to.

He lists all sorts of reasons, including the hope that “he may listen to reason,” but most of them have an ethical flavor. His very first item is telling. “It’s the moral thing to do.” His primary concern is for right and wrong, independent of the circumstances. Not killing someone is the moral thing to do.

Walter comes up with four or five more reasons not to kill Krazy-8 before examining the reasons he has to. He makes a single entry. “He’ll kill your entire family.” The perfect distillation of the personalities. Left and Right hemispheres. Morality vs Pragmatism. Walter vs Heisenberg.

His excellence as a chemist is beyond question. His ruthlessness as a drug baron emerges as a necessary corollary of it. It is all expediency and it is Heisenberg, the pragmatist, that drives it. In “Over”, after Skinny Pete is robbed, it is Walter who insists that Jesse “deals with it.” He immediately understands the value of reputation in a business that lacks the protection of the law. The retention of reputation is expedient. By “Gliding Over All”, there is no question that every loose end must be dealt with. We see him learn the necessities across the series, whether aggressively demanding that rival cooking crews stay out of his territory, giving the DEA the runaround or concocting ever more complicated schemes for accounting for the vast sums of money flowing his way, Walter comes ever more to rely on Heisenberg. Not merely an agent of necessity, Heisenberg is born of it.

If you’re looking for something to mark the extent of Heisenberg’s growth, the obvious comparison is between the agonized decision-making over the killing of Krazy-8 with his relatively easy call to ice the nine potential informants left by the collapse of the Fring operation. Of course Walter doesn’t have to get his hands dirty in these latter cases. It has the dispassionate remoteness of a drone attack rather than the proximate brutality of single combat.

However, it’s a long journey from protagonist to antagonist and for all the agonies of his birth, Heisenberg didn’t just come from out of nowhere. He appears, even if only as trace elements, from the outset. At his first on-screen meeting with Jesse, it is Walter who sets the terms, and who is unafraid to issue ultimatums to get what he wants. He’s not above poleaxing some guy who mocks his son in the store and he’s immediately cognizant of the financial possibilities that methamphetamine manufacture offers. Oh yeah, let’s also not forget that cooking was Walter’s idea in the first place.

As for the why:

“Doctor, my wife is seven months pregnant with a baby we didn’t intend. My 15-year old son has cerebral palsy. I am an extremely overqualified high school chemistry teacher. When I can work, I make $43,700 per year. I have watched all of my colleagues and friends surpass me in every way imaginable. And within 18 months, I will be dead.”

There’s a recognizable reflex here. Who can say at 50 that their life turned out at least half as good as they wanted it to? At 40? 30? Those dreams we had as youngsters of being rock stars or millionaires or highly successful pharmaceutical entrepreneurs fade away and leave us with the resentment of what might have been. It can’t have escaped Walter’s attention, as he hosed down all those cars at Bogdan’s car wash, that he was operating several clicks beneath his true potential. Overqualified and underpaid, Walter White was a pathetic spectator of everyone else’s happiness. Was this really the life he had promised himself? He was better than that, surely? It was humiliating.

Walter is a prideful man. He refuses the genuine help of old friends, even in the face of death. Just listen to the way he spits out the word “charity,” as if the very taste of it is poisonous to his palate. He would literally rather die than submit to the humiliation of accepting help. If Walter is a tragic figure, and wherever our sympathies lie, he is, this is his fatal flaw. It’s also Heisenberg’s defining characteristic. Heisenberg emerges as the twisted result of decades of resentment. Walter’s cancer diagnosis is the catalyst, but his resentment is the active ingredient. Put another way, necessity forced Heisenberg’s first appearance but it is pride that sustains him as a character. It will also be his downfall.

Walter/Heisenberg’s continued pursuit of the meth business is justified by his own sense of importance in it. Everyone remembers the line about being “the one who knocks,” but he prefaces it with the point that the organization which depends totally on him, is big enough to be “listed on NASDAQ.” His pride is not borne by the idea of being some fearsome badass who stalks the nightmares of Albuquerque’s terrified drug dealers, his boast is of the value of the firm and his importance
to it.

As his growing bodycount proves, Heisenberg becomes a monster through his ruthlessness, but the engine of this is his pride. Having walked away from Gray Matter, he has been denied the opportunity to excel in his work and so transfers his pride into his role as meth cook, boasting, as of “Say My Name” that he and Jesse are “the two greatest meth cooks in America.” When Jesse says that he wants to walk away it is outside of Walter’s understanding. He cannot grasp how anyone can be the best at something and not want to do it.

By this stage of course, Heisenberg is the dominant persona and Walter merely the mask. Having brought Skyler in on the scheme, he has to wear it less and less and only, in true Heisenberg style, when it is expedient for him to do so. That it is merely a disguise could not be any more apparent than when he appears in Hank’s office, crying and broken, simply to distract the ASAC long enough to plant or remove a bug. Although he can adopt the expressions and mannerisms at will, the real Walter has long gone. There is no way back.

Yes, Heisenberg killed Walter, but it’s all still Walter’s fault. He had choices. He applied his skills in the pursuit of illegal activity when he could so easily have ploughed his talent into something legal and honorable, such as a weapons manufacturing or working for a patent-hoarding pharmaceutical company. On receiving his diagnosis he could have accepted the Schwartz’s largesse. On receiving the all-clear, he could have made good on his word to Gus that he was out of the game. At that point, he didn’t need the money any more. By his own admission, he already had more money than he knew how to spend. But then it was never about the money at all. It was about pride and identity. Walter Hartwell White just wanted to be somebody. Well now he is.

But that somebody is not Walter White
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