This may come as a surprise, but Walter White isn’t a very nice man. In fact, one might even say over the course of five seasons and countless cooks and threats, he’s…broken not-good. Which might explain the show’s title.
Vince Gilligan has said that he had thought it was a commonly used phrase when he decided to use it as a title, not knowing that the expression was a Southern regionalism from the area in Virginia from which he hails. It means “to raise hell,” he says, as in “I was out the other night at the bar…and I really broke bad.”
That older use of “break bad,” meaning “to go bad,” requires little knowledge of regional slang, and it makes enough sense that anyone might come up with or at least understand it. (Via)
We’re going with the “bad sh*t happens” definition. Anyway, with only four days left until we check in with the Whites one final time, let’s revisit all of Walter White’s Breaking Bad breaking bad moments, beginning all the way back in pilot, some much more heinous than others. I hope he repaid Ted for that plant he dinged up.
When he wrecks Bogdan Wolynetz’s car wash display (and grabs his junk).
When he teams up with Jesse Pinkman.
When he steals lab equipment from his school.
When he takes out the legs of a bully taunting Walt, Jr.
When he cooks every batch of meth (including every single instance here).
When he traps and gases Emilio Koyama and Krazy 8 in the RV.
When he chases after and drags a wheezing Krazy-8 into his car.
When he smokes weed (/this entry submitted by the DEA)
When he comes up with a plan with Jesse that turns Emilio’s body into stew.
When he kills Krazy-8.
When he hides his drug money in his unborn baby’s nursery.
When he explodes a rich asshole’s car (deservedly so, but still).
When he turns down Elliott and Gretchen’s job offer, with health insurance (debatable)
When he gets friendly janitor Hugo Archilleya fired.
When he wears this robe.
When he drops the crystalline nugget in Tuco’s hideout.
When he steals more supplies from a warehouse.
When he gets into business with Tuco.