10 Breaking Bad Season 1 Moments That Prove Walter White Was Always Evil
2024/03/04

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10 When Walter Decides To Start Cooking Meth Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

It is hard to pinpoint the exact moment Walter White decided to enter a life of crime and start cooking crystal meth to make money for his family. The pilot episode of Breaking Bad featured several important moments in Walt’s sinister realization he could make a lot of money if he entered the meth game. From seeing the $700,000 Hank seized in a drug bust, Walter’s ridealong, and then spotting Jesse Pinkman fleeing the scene, Walter decided to embrace his evil side, slowly transform into Heisenberg, and add to the world’s suffering by manufacturing meth.

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9 When Walter Attacked Walt Jr.’s Bullies Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

When Walt Jr. was shopping for clothes, an older bully was mocking his disability and joked about him needing help with his “big boy pants.” While this was a horrible instance of a teenager facing ridicule, Walter’s reaction of stompimg on the bully's leg and provoke him in a confrontation showcased the pride and ego of Walter’s Heisenberg persona coming to the forefront.

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Walter always took issue with appearing weak and his willingness to attack this boy in broad daylight in front of witnesses showcased his reckless nature and most sinister impulses that would later have deathly consequences.

8 When Walter Blackmailed Jesse Into Cooking Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

Perhaps the first indication of the manipulative tactics of the man who became Heisenberg, Jesse Pinkman did not team up with Walter White willingly and was instead blackmailed into his association with him.

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While Walter appeared mostly sympathetic in the Breaking Bad pilot episode, his ultimatum to Jesse that he could either cook with him or get turned in to the police was incredibly calculated and conniving. This early decision acted as the inception point for every horrible thing Walter would subsequently do and forcing his former student to be an accomplice to his criminal plans was highly unethical.

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7 When Walter Tells Jesse To Melt Emilio With Acid Season 1, Episode 2, “Cat's in the Bag...”

After Jesse’s former partner, the drug dealer Emilio Koyama, was killed by Walter inside the RV using deadly phosphine gas, the two are left with the difficult question of how to dispose of Emilio’s body. Walter told Jesse he needed to dissolve Emilio's corpse with hydrofluoric acid as this would ensure that no evidence would be left behind. This suggestion showed a complete lack of humanity on Walter’s part and the fact that he left the job for Jesse to do after a coin toss demonstrated Walter’s ability to compartmentalize his evil acts from his own self-perception.

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6 When Walter Choked Krazy-8 To Death Season 1, Episode 3, “"...And the Bag's in the River"

After Krazy-8 survived Walter’s gas attack in the RV, it was up to Walt to finish the job. While Walter did struggle with the morality of murder, even weighing the pros and cons of letting Krazy-8 go, the method through which Walt killed him was seriously hands-on. After realizing Krazy-8 was going to use a piece of broken plate as a weapon to escape, Walter conjured his most ruthless side and choked Krazy-8 to death with a bike lock.

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The graphic and painful way Walter ended Krazy-8’s life was an early indication of the evil he was capable of.

5 When Walter’s Pride Was Too Great To Accept A Job From Gretchen And Elliott Season 1, Episode 5, “Grey Matter”

One thing Walter used to justify his horrible actions throughout Breaking Bad was that he was cooking meth for the good of his family and to ensure they would be looked after once he died.

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However, this argument fell apart when he refused Gretchen and Elliott’s offer for a job at Grey Matter, and was compounded even further when he did not accept their charity to pay for his treatment. The ego and showmanship of Heisenberg came to the forefront with this decision as Walter would rather harm countless lives with meth than swallow his pride and accept help.

4 When Walter’s Lies To Skyler About Accepting Help

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Season 1, Episode 5, “Grey Matter”

After refusing help, Walter later lied to his wife Skyler, and told her that Gretchen and Elliot were paying for his cancer treatment. This willingness to deceive his wife and instead continue cooking crystal meth was a clue that, although Walter claimed everything he did was for his family, he was more than happy to shut them out, continuously lie, and put their lives in danger so he could continue cooking. Walter’s decision to keep Skyler in the dark would eventually lead to a situation where Gus Fring was threatening to murder their infant daughter in cold blood.

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3 When Walter Blew Up Tuco’s Office Season 1, Episode 6, “Crazy Handful of Nothin'”

While Walter’s reputation throughout Season 1 of Breaking Bad was as a mild-mannered chemistry teacher who’s in over his head with the cartel, his actions in “Crazy Handful of Nothin'” revealed a man capable of insanely reckless behavior. When Walt blew up Tuco Salamanca’s office with fulminated mercury disguised as meth he not only could have killed Tuco but also himself and any innocent bystanders in the area.

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The magnitude of the explosion was so great and could have had so many unintended consequences. This proved Walter did not care who he to hurt to get what he wanted.

2 When Walter Let Hugo The Janitor Get Fired And Ruined His Reputation Season 1, Episode 6, “Crazy Handful of Nothin'”

A sad side effect of Walter’s decision to cook crystal meth was the people who suffered that had no part in organized crime.

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One of the forgotten victims of Walter’s behavior was Hugo the janitor, who was accused of stealing chemistry supplies from the high school where Walter worked. After the police found a small amount of marijuana in Hugo’s car he was arrested and lost his job. Walter’s evil action had the unintended consequence of ruining a man’s career, livelihood, and reputation in one fell swoop, and the number of people destroyed by Walter would only continue to grow.

1 When Walter Decided To Steal Methylamine

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Season 1, Episode 7, “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal”

Upon realizing that they needed more methylamine than they could reasonably acquire, Walter and Jesse devised a plan to steal it from a chemical warehouse. This decision showcased Walter’s willingness to break into genuine facilities, trespass in the darkness of night, and even lock a helpless security guard in a portable toilet. These decisions were an early indication that Walter had no issue exploiting everyday citizens to ensure he can keep cooking meth throughout Breaking Bad, and potentially putting another person’s job on the line for his own selfish needs.

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