Breaking Bad is one of the best shows in the history of television.
Breaking Bad is the two-year-long story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).
The show was created by Vince Gilligan and had some amazing performances by its entire cast were Bryan Cranston who was former know by his role as Hal from Malcolm in the Middle definitely shined more than everyone else. Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk and Jesse Plemons (from Friday Night Lights) are my favourite actors.
I leave here the plot and characters for the 5 seasons but the best thing to do is watch this masterpiece.
Walter “Walt” White leads a mundane, timid life as a high school chemistry teacher. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his pregnant wife, Skyler, and his son, Walter Jr., who has cerebral palsy. Walter’s life is further complicated when, on the day after his 50th birthday, he is diagnosed with stage-three terminal lung cancer. Walter decides to enter the illegal drug trade to develop a sufficient inheritance for his family before he succumbs to his cancer. He uses his chemistry knowledge to cook remarkably potent methamphetamine, enlisting one of his former students, Jesse Pinkman.
The two attempt to sell their product to a drug distributor, “Krazy-8″, who believes that Walter is an undercover cop and attempts to kill him. Walter manages to defend himself, killing Krazy-8 and his accomplice. Walter, deeply disturbed by the ordeal, breaks his ties with Jesse. Upon returning home, Walter and his family discuss long-term plans towards dealing with his cancer. While Walter originally wishes to slowly succumb to his cancer rather than suffering the side-effects of chemotherapy, his family eventually convince him to undergo treatment.
Walter is offered financial assistance from his brother-in-law, Hank, who is a DEA agent, and from his wealthy former business partner Elliott, but turns down both offers. Instead, Walter decides to return to producing meth, and tells his family that the money he earns is actually from Elliott. Walter then convinces Jesse that they should start selling their product to Tuco, a powerful but psychopathic drug distributor. The two begin to expand their operations by stealing a large drum of methylamine, thereby allowing them to produce large quantities of meth for Tuco. Walter begins to come to terms with his secret lifestyle, and creates the pseudonym “Heisenberg” to conceal his identity.
Walter and Jesse are kidnapped by Tuco after the DEA raids Tuco’s Albuquerque operation. Tuco brings them to the dilapidated home of his uncle, Hector, with the intent of moving them to Mexico. After an unsuccessful attempt to poison Tuco, the two manage to incapacitate him and escape. Hank (Dean Norris), in his search for Walt, comes across a wounded Tuco and kills him in a shootout. Walt manages to return home, claiming to have been in a fugue state, but this excuse has numerous holes and creates distrust with Skyler. The DEA seizes Jesse’s “drug” money, straining his partnership with Walter after he demands half of Walt’s meth profit to sustain himself.
Jesse rents a new place and becomes romantically involved with his landlord’s daughter, Jane, a recovering heroin addict. With Tuco dead, Walt and Jesse decide to move their business into new territory, but more problems arise as their enterprise expands with dealers working for them. One of them, Skinny Pete, is mugged, and Walt forces Jesse to confront the perpetrators, a man and his wife. The man is killed by his wife, but Jesse receives the credit, earning him fear and respect and further solidifying “Heisenberg’s” reputation in the area. Another dealer, Badger, is arrested by the APD, forcing Walt to deal with Saul Goodman, a crooked lawyer who offers a solution to keep Badger from snitching while also keeping him out of prison. Walt and Jesse attempt to intimidate Saul, but Saul makes a deal with Walt for a cut of the profit in return for being Walt and Jesse’s legal advisor in their drug operation.
Considered a hero for killing Tuco, Hank is promoted and sent to El Paso. In private, he suffers panic attacks due to the unexpected shootout with Tuco. The El Paso job further unsettles Hank after he witnesses the death of a Federale and the wounding of fellow DEA officers by an IED attack. Hank is immediately sent back to Albuquerque by his superiors. Gretchen, Walt’s former lover and Elliot’s wife, discovers Walt has been lying to his family about receiving money from them. She is taken aback when a bitter Walt blames her and Elliott for profiting from his research, although she doesn’t disclose Walt’s secrets for his family’s sake. Skyler goes back to work for Ted Beneke, a former boss who once drunkenly groped her and caused her to quit her bookkeeper job as a result. She increasingly relies on Ted for emotional support due to Walt’s frequent absences and unexplained behavior.
Walt becomes worried when he sees a bright white patch within the generally dark hues on the latest PET/CT scan of his lungs. With only $16,000 remaining of the meth money after the numerous setbacks, he and Jesse spend several days in the desert cooking 38 pounds of meth to sell off before Walt dies. Later, at the doctor’s office, Walt discovers his cancer has not spread and his tumor has actually shrunk by 80%; the bright area on his scan was only inflammation. Walt plans to end the meth operation after the 38 pounds are sold, but soon finds normality boring.
When one of Walt and Jesse’s dealers, Combo, is killed by rivals, Jesse is sent spiraling into a drug addiction which also drags Jane out of her sobriety. With their remaining dealers backing out, Walt and Jesse turn to Saul for help. Saul uses his connections to arrange a meeting at a fast food restaurant with Gus Fring, a discreet, cautious, yet successful drug distributor. Gus owns and manages a number of fast food restaurants and has purposely scheduled the meeting at one of them in order to observe Walt and Jesse. Gus reluctantly offers to buy Walt’s product for $1.2 million and offers him only one hour to deliver the drugs. Walt frantically attempts to contact Jesse to complete the exchange, but Jesse and Jane are incapacitated after injecting heroin. Walt breaks into Jesse’s house and collects the stash, choosing to complete the deal rather than be with Skyler as she goes into labor.
Walt loses trust in Jesse and promises to give him his share of the payout only if he agrees to get sober. Upon learning of the money and Jesse’s relationship with Walt, Jane blackmails Walt into giving Jesse his share of the money. Walt reluctantly complies and the two agree to go their separate ways, but Walt returns to Jesse, only to discover that he and Jane have taken heroin again. During an attempt to awaken Jesse, Walt accidentally moves Jane out of the recovery position and onto her back, and witnesses her choking on her own vomit. Walt lets Jane suffocate and leaves. When Jesse wakes up, he tries to revive Jane without success. Unaware of Walt’s visit, Jesse believes he is responsible for her death and spirals into a depression. Walt attempts to help Jesse by taking him to rehab. Meanwhile, Gus discovers that Hank is Walt’s brother-in-law and that Walt has cancer.
As Walt undergoes anesthesia for surgery, he accidentally confirms to Skyler the existence of his secret second cell phone. This prompts her to leave him several weeks later, after she systematically investigates and uncovers his lies. Walt offers to explain everything to Skyler, but she responds that she is too afraid to know the truth. After Skyler leaves, Walt sees an explosion in the skies above his home. Jane’s father Donald, an air traffic controller, overcome with grief at the loss of his daughter, has accidentally directed two airplanes into each other in the sky above Albuquerque. In an image foreshadowed throughout the season, a charred pink teddy bear lands in the Whites’ pool and floats there until it is collected as evidence by NTSB agents.
Albuquerque and the rest of the country is in shock after the mid-air 737 collision at the end of the second season. Walter tells Skyler about his involvement in the meth business, further increasing tension in their marriage. Walt is initially hesitant to take up Gus on a lucrative offer to continue cooking meth in a high-tech “superlab”, but later discovers that Jesse, out of rehab, has cooked a batch of the blue meth himself using Walt’s techniques; Walt, furious, accepts Gus’ offer, while leaving Skyler with signed divorce papers that still list him as the financial provider for the family. Skyler refuses to sign the papers, as she herself is in far too deep. However, she begins to work with Saul Goodman to find a legitimate business to funnel Walt’s drug money through to keep the family’s take clean. Skyler also begins a sexual relationship with her boss Ted.
Hank, despite orders to go to El Paso, follows a tenuous lead on the “Heisenberg” case, and ends up linking Jesse and his RV to the blue meth. Walt quickly races to warn Jesse, but as they are preparing to destroy the RV, Hank arrives at the junkyard where it is being kept. Walt, with Saul’s help, has Jesse claim rights against illegal searches and draws Hank’s attention away with a feigned emergency call regarding his wife, giving them time to crush the RV. Hank is furious and assaults Jesse at his home, leading to his temporary suspension from the DEA while investigation on his behavior continues.
Meanwhile, two Cartel assassins arrive in Albuquerque to avenge the death of their cousin, Tuco Salamanca. The semi-invalid Hector Salamanca directs his two nephews to Walt, but Gus calls them off just outside of Walt’s shower. Gus asserts that Walt works for him and is essential to his current operation. In compromise, Gus gives the assassins the name of Tuco’s actual killer, DEA agent Hank Schrader.
Leaving his disciplinary meeting, now on suspension with no badge or firearm, Hank is warned anonymously (by Gus) minutes before the axe-wielding assassins arrive. Hank uses his SUV to pin and crush the legs of one but then he is shot, although not fatally, by the other. Moments before the shooter would have driven a fire axe through Hank’s skull, Hank uses the injured cousin’s gun to shoot the axe-wielding cousin.
As the authorities investigate Hank’s attackers, Gus uses the situation as a pretense to have killed Cartel leader Juan Bolsa, thus ending the Mexican meth pipeline into the area, now putting him in complete control of all operations there. Walt realizes that the assassins were meant for him and the end goal of Gus’ involvement.
Walt is initially very pleased with Gale, the assistant he is given to operate the superlab. However, when Walt realizes he needs Jesse back under his control, he claims dissatisfaction with Gale, and is able to negotiate for Jesse to replace Gale. When Gus successfully blocks the Cartel’s drug trade, he offers Walt $15 million annually to continue cooking, an offer not extended to Jesse. Jesse skims a small portion of the meth to sell on his own, an action that both Gus and Walt are aware of but do not discuss. Jesse has been seeing Andrea through his rehab sessions, but soon discovers that her younger brother Tomas killed Combo on orders of Gus’ street-level dealers. Walt is able to convince Gus to end the involvement of children in drug trafficking to assure his continued participation. However, Tomas is soon found dead and Jesse surmises that Gus’s agents are responsible. Morally outraged, he plans a reckless revenge. Milliseconds before a potentially fatal shoot-out ensues on a dimly-lit, barrio street-corner, Walt slams his green Aztec into both street-thugs and then point-blank executes the surviving, injured thug. A now terrified, yet stoic, Walter warns the now incredulous, open-jawed Jesse to “run”.
Gus secures the lab, reinstates Gale as Walt’s assistant, and puts his henchman, Victor, into overseeing all lab activities. From Gale’s questions about the meth cooking process, Walt surmises Gus has plans to kill him once he has outlived his usefulness. Meeting Jesse in secret, Walt believes they need to kill Gale to assure Walt’s usefulness to Gus as a meth cook, and has Jesse locate Gale’s residence. Some nights later as Walt prepares to kill Gale, he is instead brought to the lab by Victor on the pretense of a chemical spill. When Walt sees Mike, Gus’ “cleaner” there, he realizes his time is up, and offers Jesse’s current location to save himself. He calls Jesse under the pretense of luring him in, but instead tells Jesse to kill Gale, knowing that Gus’s men will not be able to arrive in time to stop it. Jesse goes to Gale’s apartment and the season ends with Gale’s pleas and a gun-shot.
Following Jesse Pinkman’s murder of Gale, the chemist with whom Gus had planned on replacing Walt, Gus responds by killing one of his own men and taking steps to secure the lab, including installing cameras to monitor the lab at all times. Upon searching Gale’s apartment, the police find two clues: refuse linking the vegan Gale to Gus’ chain of fast food chicken restaurants, and a lab notebook with detailed steps for cooking meth with an inscription “To W.W.” The police give Hank copies of this evidence, and Hank starts to suspect that Gus is a major player in the meth operation, and though still recovering and off-duty, tries to investigate on his own. Gus’ background as a Chilean national is sketchy at best, leading Hank to further suspicions, eventually connecting the industrial laundry service that fronts the laboratory to the meth trade. Meanwhile, Skyler tries to convince Walt to avoid excess spending in order to reduce the risk of exposing their money laundering scheme: the car wash at which Walt was formerly employed, while he was still a high school chemistry teacher and before his cancer diagnosis. When Walt splurges on a new car for Walt Jr. against her warnings, Skyler tries to leave but ends up returning to help her family. As the season unfolds, Skyler learns that her former boss Ted had concealed business revenue in earlier tax returns, and would face an audit that would likely reveal Skyler and Walt’s illicit wealth. Skyler convinces Saul Goodman to fake an estate inheritance from a fictitious Aunt, which she uses to divert more than $600,000 to Ted to pay for the fine to the IRS to end the investigation.
Jesse cleans up his act and is surprised when Mike takes him as protection for picking up several dead-drops. One attack is staged (unknown to Jesse), and Jesse is able to thwart it, giving him confidence in supporting Mike and Gus. They learn that the Mexican cartel has been attacking Gus’ trucks as a message, and after they attempt to attack Gus directly, Gus agrees to meet with them. Walt, learning of this meeting, gives Jesse a capsule of ricin, a deadly poison, to use to kill Gus. Jesse hesitates and doesn’t follow through, infuriating Walt. Jesse is invited by Gus to join him and Mike in traveling to Mexico, where they have Jesse teach the cartel scientists how to cook the blue meth. A flashback reveals that Gus has a long-standing feud with the head of the Cartel, Don Eladio, as he had ordered Hector to kill his partner, Max, while trying to arrange for an amicable meth trade. Gus is able to poison Don Eladio and the heads of the cartel, while Jesse helps him and Mike to escape the few guards that survived. On Jesse’s return, Walt finds himself again being rendered useless, and later is tasered and taken to the outskirts of town where Gus tells him that he is fired, and that he will take care of Hank. He tells Walt that if he tries to interfere, he will kill Walt’s wife and children. Walt tips off the DEA to an imminent attack on Hank while trying to arrange to get his family relocated, but finds without the $600,000 that Skyler gave to Ted, he cannot pay the fee.
Hank and his family, as well as Skyler and Walt Jr., are placed in protective custody; Walt refuses, trying to deal with the situation himself, realizing that Jesse is the key piece. Sometime later, Jesse learns that his girlfriend Andrea’s son has suddenly fallen ill; he discovers the cigarette containing the ricin capsule missing and immediately assumes the boy had been purposely poisoned. Jesse confronts Walt, ready to kill him but Walt insists he couldn’t have done it, and that it was likely Gus’ fault. Jesse trusts Walt and returns to the hospital, refusing to return to work. Gus comes to the hospital to learn of this from Jesse, but agrees to allow Jesse to remain and come back to work in the week. This meeting has given time for Walt to plant a bomb on Gus’ car, but as Gus returns, he appears uneasy, and simply walks away from the car. Walt learns from Jesse that the only place where Gus is vulnerable is when he is visiting the wheelchair-bound Hector at a local nursing home. Walt talks to Hector; and then Hector asks to be taken to the DEA. Gus decides to kill Hector for ratting out to the DEA, but Hector is ready to sacrifice himself; he detonates Walt’s bomb, killing himself, Gus, and Tyrus. Walt returns to the lab, kills the guards, and informs Jesse that Gus is dead. They torch the lab and walk away, and Walt calls Skyler, letting her know that he “won.” The final scene reveals that Walt used berries from the Lily of the Valley at his home to poison Andrea’s son, and thus goad Jesse into action.
Walter White resumes cooking meth. Mike Ehrmantraut joins Walt and Jesse as a distributor but distrusts their methylamine supplier Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, a shipping executive with Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, the parent company of Gus Fring’s Los Pollos Hermanos. Saul Goodman arranges for Walt and Jesse to go into business with burglars posing as a pest control company known as Vamonos Pest, using the business’ fumigation tent on random houses as a mobile laboratory. Skyler removes the children from the house as she realizes that Walt is not free from his meth-making past.
Walt, Jesse, and Mike rob a train carrying methylamine, assisted by Todd, an employee of Vamonos Pest. A child spots them, but Todd shoots the boy on the spot. Jesse, horrified by the shooting, and Mike, who is being followed by the DEA, decide to exit the business by selling their shares of the methylamine for $5 million each to Declan, a Phoenix-based meth producer and distributor. Walt refuses to sell his share of the methylamine and cuts a distribution deal with Declan, negotiating the $5 million severance for Mike. Walt then hires Todd as his assistant cook. When Mike refuses to give Walt the names of Gus’s former employees who receive hush money, Walt impulsively shoots and kills him.
Walt gets the names from Lydia and has Todd’s uncle, a former convict with ties to the Aryan Brotherhood, arrange their deaths. Lydia distributes Walt’s meth to the Czech Republic, making Walt an extraordinary amount of money. Skyler is overwhelmed by the profit and convinces Walt to retire. During a family cookout, Hank flips through Leaves of Grass in Walt’s bathroom and discovers that it is dedicated to “W.W.” by “G.B.” As Hank recalls a conversation with Walt regarding the initials from his earlier investigation, surmising that “G.B.” is Gale Boetticher, he realizes that Walt is Heisenberg. Hank begins to secretly investigate Walt, but Walt discovers a tracking device on his car, leading him to realize Hank knows he is Heisenberg.
Hank meets with Skyler and asks her to go on record with a confession, but Skyler refuses. Marie learns the depth of Skyler’s involvement with Walt’s operation. Walt buries his money in the desert. Jesse, overwhelmed with remorse over the deaths that have earned him $5 million, attempts to dispose of the money by throwing it in people’s front lawns. Police bring him in for questioning, but Jesse refuses to give up Walt to Hank.
Declan supplies methamphetamine for Lydia’s Czech connections, but she is dissatisfied with the quality of the product. When Walt rebuffs her attempts to lure him out of retirement, she arranges to have Declan and his associates killed in an ambush and reinstates Todd as cook. She remains dissatisfied with Todd’s product, but he promises to improve.
Walt meets Jesse and Saul in the desert and offers Jesse money to leave town and assume a new identity. Jesse agrees to leave town, but then he realizes that Walt poisoned Brock and framed Gus. Jesse agrees to help Hank catch Walt. Walt contracts with Todd’s uncle Jack to order a hit on Jesse, in exchange for one more cook, to teach Todd how to improve his product.
Jesse calls Walt to tell him that he will get him “where [Walt] really lives”. Walt receives a picture on his phone from Jesse, showing an opened barrel of money, identical to the ones that Walt had buried in To’hajilee. Jesse then calls Walt and offers him an ultimatum: meet Jesse at the site of the buried money, or Jesse will burn every barrel. Walt frantically drives to the reservation. Realizing he was set up, Walt hides, calls Jack, and tells Jack to bring his men over as soon as possible. When Hank and Gomez arrive with Jesse, Walt tells Jack not to come and surrenders to Hank. As Walt waits handcuffed in the back of the SUV, Jack and his crew pull up to the site and take cover, drawing their weapons at Hank and Gomez. Helplessly, Walt watches as the gang kills Gomez, and he pleads for them to spare Hank. To support that plea, Walt admits to Jack that the specific location he gave them referred to the location where he buried $80 million. Hank tells Walt that Jack made up his mind before the confrontation even started and Jack shoots and kills Hank. Jack steals almost all of Walt’s $80 million leaving Walt only a barrel. He then readies to execute Jesse (with Walt’s blessing), but Todd convinces Jack that they may need Jesse alive, to advise them what Jesse told the DEA.
Marie confronts Skyler, telling her that Walt is in custody. She offers her and Hank’s support, provided Skyler turns over all of Walt’s false confession tapes implicating Hank and tells Walt Jr. the truth about his father. Skyler agrees, and tells Walt Jr. the truth about his father. They return home only to find Walt hastily packing their bags; he explains that they need to go. Skyler deduces that Hank has been killed and pulls a kitchen knife on Walt. They fight, Walt Jr. calls the police on his father, and Walt Sr. flees. He uses a contact of Saul’s to assume a new identity, moving to a secluded cabin in New Hampshire.
Todd and his gang threaten Skyler, and they demand that she not mention Lydia to the DEA agents. Jesse cooks for Todd, under duress, and tries to escape his captivity. However, he is caught, and as a punishment Todd kills Andrea in front of him. Walt decides to call Walter Jr., who hangs up on him after accusing Walt of killing Hank. Walt then calls the Albuquerque DEA office in order to surrender, but afterward sees Elliott and Gretchen on a Charlie Rose interview, in which they both deny Walt made any major contribution to Gray Matter besides the name. The police arrive at the bar to find no trace of Walt.
Walt steals a car and returns to New Mexico. He coerces Elliott and Gretchen to use his drug money to create an irrevocable trust in favor of Walter Jr. on his 18th birthday, and they will indicate it is their donation to Walt’s innocent children who had a monstrous father. He proceeds to purchase an M60 machine gun and recover the vial of ricin from his now abandoned house. He constructs a remote-activated machine that allows the M60 to fire unmanned. Walt then visits Skyler and Holly and bids them farewell. Walt meets Lydia and Todd at a coffee shop to discuss a new business proposition. He previously laced the only packet of stevia sweetener in the container on her table with the ricin. Lydia dismisses Walt as she adds the ricin to her tea, while asking the waiter for more stevia. Walt later confronts Jack and his gang at the compound. Walt triggers the M60 mounted in the trunk of his car, which shoots through the wall and kills all the gang members, however Todd survives and Jack is mortally wounded. Once the gunfire stops, Jesse strangles Todd with the chain of his handcuffs, finally breaking Todd’s neck. Jack tries to dissuade Walt from finishing him off, but is promptly shot and executed mid-sentence. Walt was hit by a stray shot from the machine gun and begins to bleed. He requests that Jesse kill him, as he now truly wants to die, but Jesse refuses. Jesse drives away from the compound, cheering and crying with joy. Walt walks to the lab, and smiles nostalgically as he takes a final look around. He leaves a bloody handprint on a chemical tank, then falls onto his back with a smile, dead. Police enter the lab moments after he collapses.
Bryan Cranston as Walter White – a chemistry teacher diagnosed with Stage IIIA lung cancer who turns to making meth to secure his family’s finances. As his shady businesses progress, Walter gains a notorious reputation under the name of Heisenberg.
Anna Gunn as Skyler White – Walter’s wife who was pregnant with their second child prior to his diagnosis, and who becomes increasingly suspicious of her husband after he begins behaving in unfamiliar ways.
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman – Walter’s former student, Pinkman, is a drug dealer who partners up with Walt and makes high-level meth.
Dean Norris as Hank Schrader – Walter’s brother-in-law and a DEA agent. At the beginning of the series, Hank was intended to be the “comic relief.”
Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader – Hank’s wife and Skyler’s kleptomaniac sister.
RJ Mitte as Walter White, Jr. – Walter and Skyler’s son, who has cerebral palsy. He begins lashing out after Walter’s cancer announcement. Like Walter Jr., Mitte has cerebral palsy, although his is a milder form.
Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman (recurring season 2, main cast season 3–5: part 2) – a crooked strip mall lawyer who represents Walt and Jesse.
Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo “Gus” Fring (recurring season 2, main cast season 3–4) – a high level drug distributor who has a cover as a fast food chain owner.
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut (guest star season 2, main cast season 3–5: part 1) – works for Gus as an all-purpose cleaner and hitman, and also works for Saul as a private investigator.
Laura Fraser as Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (recurring season 5: part 1, main cast season 5: part 2) – a high-ranking employee of Madrigal Electromotive and a former associate of Gus Fring. She reluctantly begins supplying Walt and Jesse with methylamine. After Mike’s death, she helps Walt expand his operation overseas.
Jesse Plemons as Todd Alquist (recurring season 5: part 1, main cast season 5: part 2) – an employee of Vamonos Pest Control who becomes an associate of Walt and Jesse. He assists in their train heist but compromises their alliance when he shoots a child. Todd uses his prison connections to help Walt kill Gus’s former employees, and becomes his new meth-cooking assistant after Jesse quits the business.
Steven Michael Quezada as Steven Gomez – Hank’s DEA partner and friend who assists in tracking down and learning the identity of Heisenberg.
Matt L. Jones as Badger – Jesse’s dimwitted friend and junkie.
Charles Baker as Skinny Pete – Jesse’s more intelligent friend and fellow dealer.
Lavell Crawford as Huell – Saul’s bodyguard who also handles problems Walter needs fixing.
Bill Burr as Kuby – A hired hand of Saul’s who is sent to take care of an issue involving Ted Beneke.
Christopher Cousins as Ted Beneke – Skyler’s boss and president of Beneke Fabricators who begins developing financial issues, resulting in an intervention from Skyler.
David Costabile as Gale Boetticher – a chemist hired by Gus Fring to work alongside Walter.
Krysten Ritter as Jane Margolis – Jesse’s doomed landlord and girlfriend, who was a recovering addict.
Emily Rios as Andrea Cantillo – Jesse’s second girlfriend, who is also a recovering addict. She has a young son named Brock.
Jessica Hecht and Adam Godley as Gretchen and Elliot Schwartz – Co-owners of Gray Matter, a company that was co-founded alongside Walter, who left the business prior to its major success. Gretchen was a former flame of Walt’s and partial reason why he left.
Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca – A former high-ranking member of the Juarez Cartel who is now unable to walk or speak because of a stroke. He now communicates by ringing a bell. He is the uncle of Tuco, Marco and Leonel Salamanca.
Raymond Cruz as Tuco Salamanca – A sociopathic Mexican drug kingpin who becomes Walt and Jesse’s meth distributor.
Michael Bowen as Jack Welker – Todd’s uncle and the leader of a white supremacist gang.
Special guest characters:
Danny Trejo as Tortuga – A Mexican cartel member and DEA informant.
DJ Qualls as Getz – An Albuquerque police officer who briefly teams with Hank to track down Heisenberg.
Robert Forster as Ed – A vacuum repairman whose undercover business is new identity specialist.