ByAaron Gillingham, writer at
I'm a film reviewer who also has a keen eye for filmmaking

This is a list of the top 10 moments from one of the best shows of recent times, Breaking Bad. I know the show finished a couple of years ago but I just wanted to get it out there. The entire list contains spoilers so only read it if you have seen the show.

10. Death by ATM (Season 2, Episode 6)

The earlier seasons of Breaking Bad contained a lot more dark humor than the later seasons. One of the best examples is when two drug addicts are arguing whilst one of them is trying to open up the bottom of a stolen ATM machine. What we weren't prepared for was the guy to get his head squished by said ATM. it was both shocking and funny.

9. Cartel Poisoning (Season 4, Episode 10)

There are a lot of Godfather-esque moments in Breaking Bad, like the prison massacres in season 5, episode 8. This scene where Gustavo reunites with an "old friend" who is also in charge of the Mexican drug cartel is simple but pulled off in a unique and stylish way. Watching Gus's plan unfold as the cartel drop one by one somehow brings a smile to your face even though you know he is the bad guy.

8. Exploding Meth (Season 1, Episode 6)

It's not really meth, it's actually mercury but EXPLODING METH sounds better don't you think? Just when you think Walter had given into Tuco, he decided to show him and everyone else who's boss. It certainly grabs the viewers attention as well as Tuco's, also the angry outburst in the car after is still strange to this day.

7. The Tortoise Bomb (Season 2, Episode 7)

Yes, that is Danny Trejo's severed head on a tortoise. Sent as warning from the Cartel, the DEA agents gather around this strange thing only to realize that there is a bomb on the underside of the tortoise. It only lasts a few seconds but it stays with you through the rest of the show. It's both confusing and oddly funny.

6. Hank Vs. The Cousins (Season 3, Episode 7)

This was one of the moments in Breaking Bad when viewers realized that anyone could be killed off. It's bloody, hectic and one of the most intense scenes from all of Breaking Bad. Whereas most shows play it safe by keeping their characters alive without a scratch on them, this showed that Breaking Bad was not afraid to kill your favorite characters off....or quite badly injure them.

5. Hanks Death (Season 5, Episode 14)

Hank, the friendly neighborhood DEA agent was what kept serious, dramatic moments lighthearted. We all had a feeling that at some point Hank would figure out what Walter was doing, but it was the events that followed that took everyone by surprise. Just as Walter thought that things couldn't get worse he has to witness the sudden, mid-sentence death of his defenseless brother-in-law.

4. The Bathtub Incident (Season 1, Episode 2)

Another shocking yet funny moment from the earlier seasons. Any one who has seen Breaking Bad remembers this scene very clearly, it was the first time the show took a bold and decisive move. It cemented the type of partnership that would be seen between Walter and Jesse as well as the style of dark humor that would be seen in the show. Note to self: never dissolve a body with acid in a bathtub.

3. The Train Robbery (Season 5, Episode 5)

Team work is essential in any business, especially when you're trying to remove a tank load of Methylamine from a stationary train. The scene builds the suspense up to a ridiculous level, so much that by the time it's over you are just as exhausted as they are. It's also the first episode where we are properly introduced to Todd and how much of an asshole he'll end up being.

2. "Say My Name." (Season 5, Episode 7)

An iconic scene that spawned arguably the most famous line in the show (other than "I am the one who knocks" speech) and TV history. It is a great scene to open an episode with and it cements the fact that Heisenberg has taken over from Walt, it's brief but makes a point.

1. Face Off (Season 4, Episode13)

The death that everyone knew was coming, they just didn't know how and when it would happen. As the final episode of Season 4 plays out you know one thing is definitely going to happen: Gustavo Fring will die. As Walter tries and fails to kill Gus we start to presume that all hope is lost, but when it happens it leaves you both surprised and relieved. It is also an event that causes more problems than resolves.

So that's my top 10 Breaking Bad moments. If you feel that I have missed any important ones (I know i did) please comment below.


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