We can't believe it's already been six years since "Breaking Bad" first took over our TV screens, and introduced us to high school chemistry teacher-turned-meth mogul Walter White and his now estranged business partner Jesse Pinkman. There is a five-day marathon commencing on AMC today leading up to the series finale on Sunday. But before the show's ending leaves a gaping hole in our hearts forever, we look back at what made the show so unforgettable to watch and what we will miss the most about it:
10) Unprecedented live-tweeting: Live-tweeting Breaking Bad doesn't spark your typical live-tweeting commentary, like "OMG I can't believe [insert entire plot breakdown here] happened!" Rather, your twitter feed is overtaken by countless reactions that make you wonder whether you should call the paramedics for some of your online friends. Tweets like, "I can't breathe!" or "I think I just s^*t my pants!" and simply "*dead*" are just a few examples. The intense drama on the show is just that serious.
9) Gus Fring: It would not be a hyperbole to say that Gustavo "Gus" Fring was one of the most captivating villains ever to grace the small screen. Bar none. Played by Giancarlo Esposito (yes, Big Brother Almighty himself), Gus was a taciturn yet deeply calculated drug ring leader whose death was as much victorious for Walter and Jesse as it was bittersweet for the audience, as few villains were ever as entrancing to watch. He even went out like a boss:
8) Jesse adding "Bitch!" to every sentence: Jesse may not be responsible for all the mayhem on the show. But he can take credit for singlehandedly re-launching a “bitch” renaissance. It’s his go-to insult as well as his arbitrary token of affection that he likes to pin on most every sentence. It’s like how the rest of us use a period. For instance, "You ain't seen the basement, bitch!" or "I wanted to leave them on the counter...bitch!" Here, watch:
7) That moment when we started to feel really bad for Jesse: For an actor who few even heard of before his big break on Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul has convinced us that he can command a scene just as great as any acting veteran. He's managed to turn the character of a self-serving, apathetic (yet unintentionally hilarious) junkie into a charming protagonist who we can't help but to love. One of Paul's best episodes is when Walter pays a desperate visit to Jesse's house, trying to bring Jesse back on to his side, filling him with all sorts of lies in the process. It's Jesse's reaction here--filled with as much hatred as helplessness--that will forever be etched in our minds:
5) Junior struggling to out-Walter Walter White: As the elder child--and only son-- of Skyler and Walter, Junior (aka Walter, Jr. aka Flynn) often felt he had to overcompensate for the fact that his father was going sporadically nuts by stepping up and calling him an a$hole, every chance he got. Bless his little heart.
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1) Todd rolling up on folks and not giving a f*^k: On a show filled with villains and antiheroes, Todd, the cherubic-faced ride or die dude, may be the most insane. He is the type that would put a bullet in your head without giving it a second thought, then gently lay your lifeless body in the ground and stick a dandelion on your grave. Despite what seems like genuine compassion for others, he's never what you expect him to be, which makes us want to always keep one eye on him.
This piece was originally published by The Urban Daily.