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Unexpected, Controversial, and Just Plain Awesome Moments From ‘Breaking Bad’


Over the course of five incredibly intense seasons, writer and showrunner Vince Gilligan gave audiences something they’d never quite seen before. Breaking Bad was the story of Walter White, a good guy chemistry teacher who begins selling meth after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. What White discovers, though, as he ventures into the unrelenting criminal underworld is that he not only has a talent for cooking, he’s got a taste for a life of crime. Breaking Bad is the slow descent of a good man into wickedness; White’s path is marred with jaw-dropping moments of violence and treachery as his turn to evil infects the life of everyone around him. In a show with plenty of options to choose from, here are some of Breaking Bad’s most controversial moments.


10. Adventures With Hydrofluoric Acid

Being a chemistry teacher, Walter White knows a heck of a lot about what chemicals can do to organic matter. So, when he finds himself with a corpse on his hands in the pilot episode, White knows just what to do to get rid of the evidence: dissolve the body in acid. Too bad he doesn’t explain to his partner, Jesse, that you have to put hydrofluoric acid in a very specific container. See, hydrofluoric acid eats through pretty much everything, like, say, the ceramic of a bathtub. Things get pretty messy when that bathtub is on the second floor. Pretty messy, indeed.


9. Hank and His Trusty Sidearm

In a show that will kill off main characters without hesitation, no one was put more to the hazard than Walter White’s DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank Schrader. The guy never hesitated to walk head-on into a shootout, and though he might have taken his licks — in once case he got licked so hard he had to learn to walk again — but Hank always came out on top. Whether he was fending off seemingly invulnerable assassins or taking down a drug dealer armed with an automatic weapon, Hank never needed anything but his nerve and his 9 millimeter to get the job done.


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