Hank Dies In “Ozymandias”: Breaking Bad’s 7 Other Most Memorable Deaths
Breaking Bad has never been a show that spares its audience's feelings, and as it heads into the home stretch it's not pulling any punches. Last night's Season 5, Episode 14: "Ozymandias" was a non-stop thrill ride of knife fights, baby-napping, world-shattering revelations, and, yes, devastating deaths.
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Specifically, in the wake of his near-triumph over Walt, Hank took a bullet to the brain courtesy of everyone's least favorite White Power gang leader, Jack.
The moment left us screaming at our TVs, even if we kind of expected it. But is it the show's most dramatic death to date? Maybe not. We've taken a walk down (a very bloody) memory lane to bring you our picks for Breaking Bad's seven other most memorable death scenes so far.
Mike's death in Season 5, Episode 7: "Say My Name" was as tragic as it was inevitable. Sure, he was a killer for hire, but the man had a code and he stuck by it, which made him too sympathetic to survive. We still haven't forgiven Walter for shooting him for no damn reason at all, but we can't say we were shocked. R.I.P., Mike. You were too good for Breaking Bad's world, which says something about just how dark Walter has become.
Walt's first kill is still one of his most memorable, precisely because he wasn't a monster when he strangled this dealer with a bike lock — he was still a mild mannered chem teacher who got in over his head, and you could see the horror written all over his face as Krazy 8 struggled to live. The fact that Walt was willing to return to the game after this spoke volumes.
It was Walt and Jesse or Gale, so of course Gale found himself on the wrong end of a barrel. What really makes this Walt-worshiping cook's death stand out was the devastating effect the murder had on Jesse, who had made it three seasons without directly killing anyone. We'll never forget the pure devastation in his eyes as he pulled the trigger.
Gus's death in the Season 4 finale marked Walt's greatest triumph and the beginning of his descent into pure villainy, but that's not why it's number one on this list. It's number one 'cause the guy got half his face blown up and still lived long enough to fix his tie. Ridiculous? A little. Awesome? Completely.
What Breaking Bad death do you find most memorable? Sound off in the comments below.
Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!