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Vince Gilligan's Five Favourite Breaking Bad Moments
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In the latest issue of Empire - out now, fact fans - there's a six-page on-set feature on AMC's high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-lord drama Breaking Bad. We were lucky enough to interview the whole cast for the piece, as well as the showrunner Vince Gilligan, the man who made it all happen. So as a tease for any BB lovers out there, here's a spoiler-filled parallel feature where Gilligan lists his favourite five moments so far.

Needless to say, this piece contains spoilers from seasons 1 to 5A.

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Turning Down Elliott’s Offer

Breaking Bad - Turning Down Elliott’s Offer

From: 'Gray Matter' – Season 1, Episode 5

"One of our finest moments was not necessarily one of our most dramatic. But in the writers’ room during the first season, we did an episode – only our fifth episode – where we offered a Deus Ex Machina moment to Walter White. We basically had a saviour, a white knight, come to Walter White in the form of Elliott Schwartz, his former friend and lab partner who is now a millionaire, running an enormous scientific research company."

"And Elliott comes to Walt and says, 'I’ve heard about your cancer, I’m going to pay for your medical treatment, I’m going to pay the full freight on it, and I’m going to give you a job, anything you want – I just want to do right by you and help you and help your family…' And instead of taking this life preserver that’s been thrown to him, Walt decides to go back to cooking crystal meth, and that’s one of my favourite moments and one of the most important moments in the life of the show, because prior to that I don't think the writers and I truly understood Walter White."

"We didn’t understand that he was a creature of such pride and such damaged ego that he would rather be his own man and endanger his family’s life than take a handout like that. He’s that kind of a guy. Prior to that Walter White was basically a good but mislead guy with bad decision-making skills. He was going to make money, and then what was going to happen to keep him cooking meth? The money was going to get stolen, so he’d have to cook more meth… we came to realise truly what we had in that fifth episode."

"That’s when he broke bad, in a way. When the show kicked in to high gear, or started to, anyway."
 

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1 My top 5
I thought Saul is not a very good actor and the part could have been played a lot better. I thought the death of the chicken guy was way overdone and not as real as the rest of the series. I would substitute when he killed the kid in the basement, and when the twins crawled on the ground to the altar. Both realistic and believable More

Posted by grumpygramma on Thursday March 6, 2014, 13:50

2 HALF MEASURES!!!
I'm sorry but THE greatest BB moment was when Jesse snorted the Meth, grabbed his gun and went to go kill those two drug dealers, only for Walt to take them out in spectacularly gangster fashion! Awesome moment... More

Posted by Mr_Haze1810 on Monday September 16, 2013, 13:00

3
Start of Episode 7, Season 5, 'Say My Name', Bryan Cranston has ever been better. More

Posted by moviebuff on Wednesday July 17, 2013, 18:34

4 Crawl Space
The end of the episode as Walt realises all hope is lost and breaks out in a spine chilling laugh that Dr. Evil would be envious of More

Posted by edthehead12 on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 16:36

5 My top 5
The infamous 'I am the danger!' speech. Walt avenging Jesse with the explosive in season one. MAGNETS BITCH! YEAH! Walter did it. The Lilly of the valley reveal. Season 3 finale. I think its the best finale so far! I loved it! More

Posted by Fight knight on Friday May 31, 2013, 12:01

6 We don't need a criminal lawyer
We need a "Criminal" lawyer!" More

Posted by chris wootton on Friday May 31, 2013, 11:18

7 The penny drops at the end of S4
I loved the train heist episode, especially the consequences form it but I think my favorite part of the entire show has been the last 5 seconds of season 4. Walt you bastard. More

Posted by beardyphysics on Friday May 31, 2013, 10:21

8 The One Who Knocks
Surprised not to see a mention of Walt's "I am the one who knocks" speech. More

Posted by adamfripp on Friday May 31, 2013, 09:54

9 Yes
Gilligan has all the best bits down to a T. These are honestly the best parts in the series, very memorable and poignant in their own ways. Great choices. More

Posted by FoxDhoj on Friday May 31, 2013, 01:58

10 Same my name..
Best scene right here: http://vimeo.com/61148810 More

Posted by GFoley83 on Friday May 31, 2013, 01:57

11 Ditto what mattchorlton said
That whole episode is one of my favourite episodes of television ever, it was brilliant, and that ending - daaaaayum! More

Posted by sowasred2012 on Friday May 31, 2013, 00:32

12 Mike!!!
Man, when Walt killed him... gah! More

Posted by beebs_ on Friday May 31, 2013, 00:29

13
Too many to mention for me, but a few that stick out have to be Gale's death, Hank's showdown with the twins and the Crystal Blue Persuasion montage. Genius. More

Posted by JamieNC on Friday May 31, 2013, 00:14

14 Run!
Best. Hit & Run. Ever. More

Posted by mattchorlton on Friday May 31, 2013, 00:04

15 The Train Heist
The Train Heist or the moments shortly after it. From triumphant success to utter despair in a matter of seconds. More

Posted by Old_Pyrate on Thursday May 30, 2013, 22:19


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