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"You see, technically, chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change: Electrons change their energy levels. Molecules change their bonds. Elements combine and change into compounds. But thatís all of life, right? Itís the constant, itís the cycle. Itís solution, dissolution. Just over and over and over. It is growth, then decay, then transformation."Walter White, a 50-year-old high school chemistry teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico, discovers that he has lung cancer. As he fears for how his family would get by financially without him, he discovers from his brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank Schrader, that there is money to be made in the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine. He teams up with Jesse Pinkman, a former student and long time veteran in the drug trade, to create meth to sell so he can secure his family's financial future. Little does he know, the drug trade is far more dangerous than he realizes...
— Walter White
"We gotta be Tuco! Alright, cut out the middle man, run our own game!"At first, Walt and Jesse find themselves at the mercy of a psychotic druglord named Tuco Salamanca. After managing to escape with their lives, Walt intends to fill the power vacuum left in New Mexico's drug industry following Tuco's demise. As they stand to make even greater gains in their illegal enterprise, however, the personal cost for selling meth begins to hit Walt and Jesse where it truly hurts, as Walt's home life begins to fall apart and Jesse learns all too well of the dangers of overstepping one's boundaries in a deadly game where one misstep can prove fatal...
— Jesse Pinkman
"No more half measures, Walter."Walt finds himself torn between his need to make money to leave his family when cancer claims his life, and his desire to keep his family together as his wife, Skyler, discovers just what he does when she's not looking. He and Jesse soon find themselves in the employ of the American southwest's most power drug kingpin, Gustavo Fring, who has the resources to make meth in volumes they could never before have imagined, and make millions in the process. As Jesse continues to prove an unstable asset, however, Walt will need to decide how far he is willing to go, and how much he will risk, to protect his partner...
— Mike Ehrmantraut
"I am not in danger, Skyler, I am the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No... I am the one who knocks!"Walt and Jesse find themselves in Gustavo Fring's crosshairs. Both are still too invaluable to his drug empire to dispose of, but their days are clearly numbered. Walt must pull out all the stops to stay one step ahead of Gus, on top of continuing to accrue money to leave behind for his family. Is it possible for him to outsmart one of the most devious and dangerous criminals north of the border?
— Walter White
"You asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the empire business."Gustavo Fring is dead, and Walt stands as the undisputed kingpin of the American southwest. From his new position of power, he can make meth in unrivaled quantities, and profits beyond his wildest expectations. As Walt enjoys his newfound power, however, his reasons for continuing his criminal enterprise is called into question: is he still trying to make money to support his family, or is he simply building his empire to satisfy his growing ego? Will his unchecked pride and greed ultimately bring about his downfall?