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"Ever since I met you, everything I ever cared about is gone! Ruined, turned to shit, dead, ever since I hooked up with the great Heisenberg! I have never been more alone! I HAVE NOTHING! NO ONE! ALRIGHT, IT'S ALL GONE! GET IT? No, no, no, why...why would you get it? What do you even care, as long as you get what you want, right? You don't give a shit about me! You said I was no good! I'm nothing! Why would you want me, huh?"
Jesse Pinkman summing up the show in an ultimate "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Walter White, "One Minute"

Breaking Bad showcases how far the consequences of a humbled man's pride can spread, providing all these painful examples.

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    Season 1 
  • "Pilot", Walt receiving his diagnosis — lung cancer. Even after he returns from the doctor's office, he tries his best to hide it from his family so that they don't have one more thing to worry about in their lives.
  • "...And the Bag's in the River", Walt breaking down after strangling Krazy-8 to death.
    • The desperation and heartbreak Walt goes through when he realises Krazy-8 was leading him on in a bid to get free.
  • In "Cancer Man", Skyler slowly breaking into tears as Walt recounts how they first met.
  • "Gray Matter", Any interaction between Walt and Skyler, Elliot, Gretchen... ESPECIALLY Gretchen. Oh God.
    • Gretchen breaking into tears at the end of her phone call with Walt.
  • When Walt begins to tear up during the meeting with his family as his son berates him for not wanting to deal with chemo when he's had to deal with Cerebral Palsy his entire life.
  • Hugo, the only fellow JP Wynne staff member we see being nice to Walt, getting arrested and punished for something he didn't even do.

    Season 2 
  • Skyler's breakdown before Hank, when he, with good intentions, asks Skyler to give Marie some more support. With Marie's shoplifting issues being just one of the problems she had to put up with, Skyler vents and falls into Hank's arms.
  • Walt bluntly telling Dr. Chavez how shitty his life is. It is notable, because as Walt tells the cover story about hitch-hiking away from home, he is avoiding eye contact with the doctor, instead looking out the nearby window. But when he talks of the state of his life, he is being entirely sincere, and turns to look Chavez straight in the eye.
    "Doctor, my wife is seven months pregnant with a baby we didn't intend. My 15-year-old son has cerebral palsy. I am an extremely overqualified high school chemistry teacher. When I can work, I make $43,700 per year. I have watched all of my colleagues and friends surpass me in every way imaginable. And within 18 months, I will be dead... And you ask why I ran?"
  • The string of unfortunate events that happen to Jesse in "Down", culminating with him being homeless, lying on the R.V, covered in filth, and sobbing.
    • Walt later laying into Jesse, telling him repeatedly that he's stupid and essentially useless to the whole operation to the point where Jesse finally snaps and tackles him to the floor while choking him also qualifies, even though Jesse can't bring himself to hurt Walt and soon lets him go. The pair have had shouting matches and arguments before, but this is the first time in the entire series we see hints of what would happen if they were to truly turn on each other and all the ugliness it would entail. Coming in an episode where they're both dealing with their own individual Trauma Conga Line, it's the first time their fights have absolutely no sense of levity and is truly heartbreaking to watch.
  • The kid in "Peekaboo". He still maintains his blissful ignorance despite having two deadbeat parents that barely clothe and feed him to keep up their drug habits. It really gets to Jesse since he's been ordered to set an example by Walt because Skinny Pete was robbed of his meth by the mother in a previous episode.
    • Jesse's despondency after incident at the deadbeat parents' home.
    • The instant Jesse enters their trash-filled wreck of a home, he learns Spooge and his girlfriend live in crushing poverty, and soon sees for himself that they are filthy, emaciated, and covered in sores as a result of their drug addictions. Even if you hate them (and you probably do, given their repulsive personalities, horrible neglect of their son, their murder of the cashier during the ATM theft, and how they giggled like childish idiots while they were robbing Skinny Pete), you still have to wonder what wretched circumstances could've led them to such an absolute rock bottom in life.
  • Walt reaching the Despair Event Horizon in "4 Days Out" after coughing up blood. While he was already worried about his health after seeing the white spot on his x-ray, that finally breaks him. Thankfully, Jesse gives Walt the idea to make a new battery...
    • "...I deserve this..."
  • Jane's death in "Phoenix". Walter accidentally knocks her on her back after she and Jesse did drugs and she chokes on her own vomit. Walter lets it happen, but sheds a tear over this, knowing that he'll have Jesse back, but he'll be shattered when he wakes up to find her dead.
    • Especially sad since Jane and Jesse had just been talking about what they'd do with the $480,000 Walt had just given to them, such as fly to New Zealand. The worst is that the reason they cannot have what they planned is that they cannot keep the first thing they plan, that is going clean. If they hadn't shot up after getting the money as Walter predicted they would, none of it would have happened.
    • Before that, Jane's father found her in the morning with Jesse. He is furious that she relapsed and blames Jesse on it, and tries to get him out, but Jane pleads with him to let her off for the day. The scene itself is upsetting enough, but it's yet another example of where a tragedy could have been prevented, had Jane gone back into rehab that day.
      • Those tears Walter White shreds when Jane dies? When that happens, Bryan Cranston isn't thinking about Jane in that scene. He sees his own daughter dying in front of him. Makes a sad scene even sadder.
  • The entirety of "ABQ" is pretty depressing. But two things in particular stand out.
    • The first is the scene where Walt finds Jesse in the drug den and Jesse breaks down in tears over Jane's death. (See here.)
      Jesse: ...I killed her.
      Walt: What?
      Jesse: I killed her! It was me! I got her back on it...
      Walt: Jesse, look at me! Look at me! You didn't kill anybody.
      Jesse: ...I loved her. (sobs) I loved her more than anything.
    • The second is the utterly devastated look on Donald Margolis's face when he sees his daughter's corpse. The rest of his scenes in the episode are painful, but that one... whew.
    • It's a minor detail, but when Walt finds Jesse in the drug den and rouses him, he calls him "son" for the first time. Given the parent/child themes throughout the entire series, it's devastating.
  • The circumstances of Combo's death. His last act is to try to warn a nearby kid to flee when he suspects that things are going to get violent. Little did he predict that the boy will shoot him. Even then, he flees rather than retaliating.
    • Jesse calls Walter, who asks which one was Combo again, and Jesse hangs up in despair.
  • Jane's father finding her dead. Which leads to him spiralling into depression. And when he tries to distract himself by going back to work, he ends up causing the plane crash. No wonder he attempts suicide the next season.
  • The Downer Ending. No one comes out of this season happy. Walt loses Skyler and his kids, Jesse loses Jane, Mr. Margolis' life is undeniably ruined, and a whole bunch of innocent people who had nothing to do with the conflict die.

    Season 3 
  • During "I. F. T.", Jesse repeatedly calls Jane's voice mail just so he can listen to her voice. The Tear Jerking moment happens when the voice mail is finally disconnected. The look on Jesse's face, knowing that he will never hear her voice again. He then goes back to cooking, not for the money - he clearly doesn't care anymore, not to satisfy his ego, like Walt - but simply because he has nothing else left in life, and it's either that or staying in the house until he goes mad or slips back into his addiction.
  • Remember Jane's death, and Donald subsequently allowing the plane crash at the end of Season 2? "Green Light" reminds us in the worst way possible: with news on the radio that he was rushed to the hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. This is the last time we hear anything about him...
  • When the lab camper needs to be euthanized in "Sunset". It had become quite the pop culture icon, after all.
  • "One Minute":
  • "Kafkaesque": Jesse's speech to his rehab group about the wooden box he made in high school - a box he labored hard over after his teacher gently derided his first (crappy) box, improbably inspiring Jesse to do better. The guy's voice takes an almost dreamlike quality as he describes the sheer effort and attention to detail that he put into this final box, as if he's describing the first time in his life that he ever did something that he could be proud of... and then he confesses that he gave the box away for an ounce of weed. The speech really drives home the fact that Jesse's self-destructiveness prevents him from bettering himself.
    • Even sadder: Jesse first says that he gave the box to his mother, the room has an "aww" moment, and THEN he admits he actually traded it for dope.
  • Walt's speech during "Fly". He admits that he should have died, and at the end, he basically says that if he had died while listening to his wife and daughter on the baby monitor, then it would have been perfect. A tear falls from his eye when he finishes.
  • In-universe: The Shoot the Shaggy Dog nature of Mike's speech from "Half Measures", proving to Mike that Being Good Sucks and that his seemingly just bit of mercy was in fact a case of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
    Mike: The moral of the story is... I chose a "Half Measure", when I should have gone all the way. I'll never make that mistake again. No more Half Measures, Walter.
    • Andrea and Jesse's reaction after Tomas is killed, right after Gus made the dealers promise "no more children".
  • Gale's death in "Full Measure" is utterly heartwrenching. Unlike most characters in the show, whom despite having noble intentions tend to be unpleasant and pretty big Jerkasses to specific people, Gale harbors no ill will towards anyone, even to Walt who gets him fired. Sure, he's making meth for one of the fiercest drug lords in the country, but he's for all intents and purposes a sweet, mild mannered man just trying to make ends meet. So to cap the season off with him just making dinner, then suddenly having someone he barely knows pull a gun on him, realizing who this person is and why he's here (and seeing his very clear hesitation), being left begging him to not do this...just hurts.
    Gale: You don't have to do this.
    • It's equally miserable for Jesse too. In the first episode of the season, he dismisses himself as a "bad guy" that caused the deaths of Jane and the 167 people in the plane crash, and in the previous episode, he was willing to kill two drug dealers that employed a child. But once Walt tells him that they need Gale dead, Jesse slowly realizes that, though he may be a bad guy, he's not soulless enough to do bad things, and implores Walt to find a different way. Being told to do the deed is what finally gets it to set in that he's not the heartless monster he accused himself of being. As Gale begs for his life, Jesse's eyes fill with tears and his arm trembles, and he takes no joy in ultimately pulling the trigger.

    Season 4 
  • In "Thirty Eight Snub", Jesse, trying to cope with his murder of Gale, invites dozens of people over and keeps a nonstop party going for days. When his increasingly insane attempts to keep people from leaving finally fail, he's left all alone with the sound system that he was bragging about in the opening scene of the episode, so he sits with his back to the speaker and blasts music as loudly as he can, desperately trying to drown out what's going on in his head.
  • While it's reflective of his current state of mind, "Open House" has Jesse state the following concerning Walt getting beaten up by Mike:
    Jesse: For what it's worth... ...getting the shit kicked out of you... ...not to say you get used to it... ...but you do kind of get used to it.
    • Because of Hank taking a level in jerkass, Marie reverts to her kleptomaniac mindset. And, after getting arrested, when she's asked by a cop if she feels okay to go home... she breaks down crying.
  • The video of Gale singing "Major Tom" in "Bullet Points", as it confirms that he was an innocent man killed because of Walt's ego.
  • Jesse's speech in "Problem Dog" is certainly one.
    • There's also the fact that Jesse confesses to his support group that he was scheming to peddle meth at the meetings. At this point, Pinkman is so overwrought with guilt over killing Gale that he's actively trying to get others to punish him.
  • The flashback in "Hermanos" where Hector Salamanca murders Gus' partner/possible lover right in front of him, and then forces him to look at his corpse. Regardless of the monster Gus eventually became, this one moment goes a long way to establishing some measure of sympathy for him.
  • Walt crying to his son in "Salud" after his fight with Jesse. It's one of the few times Walt realizes how terrible his behavior has been and even apologizes to Jesse and calls Walt Jr. by his name.
    • "Salud" has another, less obvious one in regards to the relationship between Walt and Walt Jr. After taking care of his dad and nursing him back to health, Walt tells his son about his childhood memory of his dying father, and then has this exchange with his son that demonstrates how disconnected Walt has become from his family and how his pride renders him unable to accept his moments of weakness.
      Walt: I don’t want you to think of me the way I was last night. I don’t want that to be the memory you have of me when I’m gone.
      Walt Jr: Remembering you that way… wouldn’t be so bad. The bad way to remember you would be the way – the way you’ve been this whole last year. At least last night, you were – you were real… you know?
    • This gets even worse in hindsight once "Ozymandias" comes around.
  • Near the end of "Face Off", Gus is sitting in his car waiting for Tyrus to call and give him the clear to enter the nursing home and kill his long-time nemesis, Hector Salamanca. Gus is silent, but clearly looks very emotional as he stares at the building waiting. He is no doubt contemplating the arduous steps he had to take toward avenging Max's death, i.e., working his way up the Mexican cartel, building his own empire in America, gradually killing the rest of Hector's family and friends, and eventually crushing the cartel itself, all to get to this moment where he kills his murderer. And made even more sad because we already know he is about to die with him. This, along with ambient western-style music "Goodbye" by Apparat and slow paced cinematography, creates an especially haunting effect.
    • Earlier in the same episode, we're treated to a shot in Hector's room where he keeps a photograph of himself in his younger days clutching baby twin boys (the Cousins) and posing with a boy only slightly older (Tuco), with Don Eladio's necklace draped around it. Even though we know Hector was as much a ruthless merciless gangster in life as Gus is, it's still a sobering reminder that now he's just a broken and crippled old man who's utterly and completely alone in the world. Everyone he ever loved is dead and everything he worked his whole life for is gone, all dismantled at the hands of his worst enemy, and he could do nothing but sit there powerless as it all happened. No wonder he had zero qualms about dying in the explosion with Gus.

    Season 5 

Buckle up, people. It’s gonna be a hellish of a ride full of emotions.

  • Whatever he might have been like in the past, seeing Ted in the hospital in "Live Free or Die".
    • The Walt we see in the cold open Flash Forward is clearly a humbled, broken man with very little left to live for.
    • Even without the context of the prequel show, Saul tries to back out with Walt, helping to poison a child just too much for him. He also tries to be a decent lawyer for once and defends Skyler, saying it was an ethical obligation to help her with Ted. In response, Walt coldly tells him he can’t use the word “ethical” cos he’s a two bit waste of space owned by Walt, and corners him. “We’re done when I say we’re done.”
  • Jesse crying to Walt in "Madrigal": "I don't know what's wrong with me, Mr. White!"
    • The context behind this scene makes this sadder. Walt planted a fake ricin cigarette in Jesse's Roomba to trick him into thinking neither Walt nor Gus had the cigarette, and losing it was Jesse's own fault. Walt gaslit Jesse into believing he fucked up yet again and almost killed Walt because of a misunderstanding caused by another of his own mistakes, even though unbeknownst to him, he didn't do anything wrong and Walt really did poison Brock.
  • Todd murdering the kid at the end of "Dead Freight". Jesse's reaction really drives it home.
  • "Buyout" has a nasty cold opening regarding the group disposing of the dead kid, in another of those awful barrels, and his dirtbike. The result hits Jesse especially hard.
  • The end of "Say My Name" with the ultimately unnecessary death of Mike. Especially after watching him with his granddaughter at the park after seemingly retiring for good.
    • The scene at the park itself definitely qualifies as well. Walter calls Mike to warn him about the cops coming for him, and Mike sees them coming and gets ready to escape. While there's the initial panic and fear from the authorities, Mike also hesitates. Given that he's about to have to flee for good and has to abandon his granddaughter at the park without even saying goodbye to her, the look on his face is appropriately heartbreaking.
    • Even Walt, who has opposed Mike ever since the Gus situation crumbled, reacted to shooting him with shock and horror, a reaction we haven't seen from Walt regarding anyone he killed since Krazy 8's death way back in Season 1. During his final talk with Mike, he almost seems to feel remorse for it ending the way it did. This coming from the guy who was willing to poison Brock and wasn't particularly torn up about the murder of Drew Sharpe's, both of whom were children.
    • Let's not forget that when the credits start to roll, you can hear Kaylee on the swing.
    • Mike's last words to Walt ("Shut the fuck up and let me die in peace.") are delivered with a clear sense of resignation and bitterness. All Mike can do is just watch as the sun sets before fading away and, knowing what we do about his past thanks to the events in Better Call Saul, likely reminisce on all his regrets and mistakes.
  • "Gliding Over All": After Walt orchestrates the systematic murder of 10 witnesses in jail, he speaks to Hank at his house, who's spent several days dealing with the fall-out of every single one of his leads to the mysterious Heisenberg ending up as a bloodied or charred corpse in under two minutes. Hank sadly reminisces back to his college days, when he had a simple minimum wage job marking trees in the forest for woodcutter crews. He admits he hated it, but it was a lot better than "chasing monsters". Even Hank, who's seen his fair share of awfulness during his career as a DEA agent, is frightened of Heisenberg's depravity. And Walt's just sitting there, taking in Hank's misery as if he's enjoying it.
  • "Blood Money": Walt's cancer returns from remission.
    • Jesse's discussion of Mike's death. He knows that Walt lied and he will never see his friend again. He humors Walter and says he believes him, but he's crying afterwards.
    • After he's prevented from giving his money to the parents of the boy Todd killed and Mike's granddaughter, Jesse desperately drives around in Albuquerque and tosses $10,000 bundles out of his car to random people's front lawns. The next time we see him, he's at a playground and lying on a roundabout, completely silent and staring into the sky.
    • The entire episode is one for Hank. Realizing that one of his best, most trusted friends and brother-in-law is the murderous Heisenberg really has its effect.
    • Saul asks after Mike, as he hasn't heard anything from the old guy lately, but one tearful Death Glare from Jesse makes the mask break a little when the realization dawns on him.
  • Skyler and Marie's tug of war over Holly, after Marie learns the whole truth in "Buried". On the "Talking Bad" after the episode, Anna Gunn got very emotional about how hard it was to shoot.
  • Skyler sitting by herself in a dark room and staring into the distance after destroying her relationship with her sister beyond any hope of repair.
  • When Walt suggests Jesse claim a new identity for a fresh start, Jesse starts to call him out on his true motivation: to save his own ass. Jesse is filled with emotions of fear that Walt may kill him like he did Mike and tears of sadness because Walt has manipulated him so much that he believes Jesse doesn't suspect his motives. Walt then gives Jesse an apologetic hug. This action may not even have any meaning to Walt and simply be just another attempt to toy with Jesse's emotions.
    • The best and most touching part is when, after Walt feeds him a cock-and-bull story to try and manipulate him into leaving, Jesse begs Walt to just be honest and up front with him. It basically amounts to, "If you need me to leave town, just ask me, straight-up, to my face. Just treat me like an equal for once in my life, please!" He doesn't mind leaving to help Walt; he's just desperate for a tiny shred of respect.
      Jesse: Just drop the whole concerned dad thing and tell me the truth. I mean, you're- you're acting like me leaving town is- is all about me and turning over a new leaf, but it's really- it's really about you. I mean, you need me gone, cuz your dickhead brother-in-law is never gonna let up. Just say so! Just ask me for a favor! Just tell me you don't give a shit about me! And it's either this... it's either this, or you'll kill me the same way you killed Mike! I mean, isn't that what this is all about?! Huh?! Us meeting way the hell out here [in the desert]? In case I say no?
    • What's even sadder about this scene is that, Walt doesn't give Jesse what he wants. Although he shows affection for him, he still refuses to be honest with him.
    • Saul is only a few meters away from the conversation, and while he's trying not to pay attention, he ends up watching with a sad, jealous look on his face. He's had a very similar confrontation before, and he couldn't even get a hug like Jesse did.
  • "Rabid Dog": Jesse's revelation that his mentor and partner betrayed him, lied to him, and manipulated him with Brock's poisoning. It had to come sooner or later, but it's heartbreaking to see how much it breaks Jesse. Especially the end of the episode where he's pouring gasoline all over Walt's house in a fit of blind rage. It really drives hom just how much he's gone through and how thoroughly broken this young man has become over the past 16 months.
    • Also, when Jesse beats up Saul and confronts him about the ricin cigarette. Even at his lowest, having rejected his one chance of escape out of blind rage and grief, even when he realizes that Walt has never been on his side, the manipulation has gotten into him so deep he still can't help but refer to him like he's still a teacher:
      Jesse: You had [Huell] steal it off me! And all for that asshole MISTER WHITE?!
    • Not to mention how extra-heartbreaking this comes off after watching Better Call Saul and realizing that Saul himself is just as much a victim of Walt's manipulation as Jesse is, and still couldn't do anything to stop him from being used and discarded by Walt, just as Jimmy McGill was by his brother.
    • Walt Jr. receiving the cancer bomb from Walt. It breaks the kid and it's blatantly clear that it's only another manipulation tactic.
  • "To'hajiilee":
    • Jesse's breakdown when Hank stops him from burning down Walt's house. You can even notice Hank trying to hold back his tears when he witnesses Jesse's breakdown, despite the antipathy he has for the young man.
      Jesse: He can't keep getting away with it! HE CAN'T KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH IT!
    • The look on Walt's face when Jesse calls him. His prodigal son is now his enemy who he has to get rid of, his heartbreak evident. The Walt/Jesse team dynamic that had been the whole center of the show is now dead and over.
    • Walt futilely pleading with Todd's uncle that he's calling off the hit on Jesse, after giving himself up.
    • Huell's breakdown when he believes that Walt killed Jesse. Despite his goofy tough guy demeanor, you can tell he's something of a sensitive soul.
    • Regardless of what side you're cheering for, it's hard not to see Walt and Jesse's entire interaction as Hank is arresting Walt as one of these. As Aaron Paul points out, it's clear that Jesse isn't feeling totally happy (he mentions Pinkman as being prideful, sad, and angry about Walt getting caught), and for his part, Walt is so upset about Jesse betraying him that he can only utter the word "coward" to his former protege. Jesse spitting on Walt, along with the ensuing scuffle between the two just drives the point home that the bond between our two protagonists has been totally and irrevocably destroyed.
  • Just about all of "Ozymandias". Parts that stand out include:
    • Hank's death. Walt really does try desperately to get Jack to spare him... only for Hank to point out Jack made his decision "ten minutes ago".
      Hank: [to Jack] Do what you’re gonna d- ([bang])
    • Even worse is Walt just collapsing afterward. And what’s worse is that it’s eerily similar to the way Gus collapsed after Hector murdered Max. Walt and Gus were more alike than they knew...
    • In a fit of petty revenge, Walt reveals Jesse's hiding place to the Neo Nazis, and they drag him out kicking and screaming, with Jesse almost being shot execution-style. Todd stops them by saying that Jesse should tell them what he told the DEA, and after that, he can die. Jack agrees, and Walt agrees as well. They drag Jesse again, but Walt asks them to wait. You think that maybe he has a change of heart, but then: "I watched Jane die". He goes into more and more detail about how he could have saved her, and how she died. And then he walks away, with a numb and shellshocked Jesse being dragged away to god knows what. Jesse looks absolutely broken when he hears it and looks like an abused puppy when the car drives away.
    • Marie's reaction when she learns about Hank's death and being told they will never find his body. While she has the grace of knowing he's actually dead and not just missing, she doesn't even have the closure of having a body to bury.
    • The flashback of Walt's first lie to Skyler about his new life, showing a time before all we've seen so far, when she still trusted him and didn't despise him.
    • Walt Jr.'s breakdown when he learns that his father is Heisenberg.
    • Later, when Walt Jr. asks Skyler why she went along with Walt's schemes, she tearfully says, "I'll be asking myself that for the rest of my life."
    • Walt's response when Skyler realizes that Hank is dead, and accuses Walt point-blank of murdering him. Even after all the terrible things that Walt has done, the desperation in his voice is palpable, as he makes one last feeble attempt to defend himself, suddenly going from threatening his family to holding back tears.
      Skyler: You killed Hank.
      Walt Jr.: What?
      Walt: No, no, no.
      Skyler: You killed him.
      Walt: No, no, NO! (suddenly on the verge of tears) I tried to save him!
      • What makes this moment particularly heart-wrenching is that it's one of the first moments in the entire scene where Walt actually tells the truth to his family. Up to this point, he's so desperate to cover his own ass that he doesn't even want to admit that Hank is dead, knowing full well that his family will refuse to trust him when they find out. The sudden pain of being accused of Hank's murder by his own son and wife is so great that Walt suddenly forgets that he's supposed to be keeping it a secret from them.
    • Skyler pulling a knife on Walt to force him out of the house so his actions can no longer drag his family down with him, and the fight that ensues. Walt Jr. eventually pulls Walt off of Skyler, then calls the police on his father while shielding his mother with his body, forcing Walt to realize that his family is irrevocably broken.
      • Compounded by Walt screaming "WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!? WE'RE A FAMILY!" and then seeing Skyler and Walt Jr. cowering in fear of him, as Holly wails in the background. He then hopelessly whispers "We're a family". It was the inevitable conclusion that the show had been building to for five seasons: Walt destroying the family he had been trying to protect. At that moment, the apostrophe in "We're a family" was forever removed.
    • Skyler's desperate run after the car after Walt kidnaps Holly. The way she sinks down to the ground when he drives off...
    • When Walt kidnaps Holly to "punish" Skyler. What brings it over the edge is when we hear Holly's first word: Mama.note  At that point, Walt realizes that, because of his own actions, his family will never love him again, and returns Holly.
    • Walt on the phone with Skyler playing up his Heisenberg persona to the maximum and lying about her being terrorized by him into complicity since the very beginning so she will have legal security. The most heartbreaking part is when you see Walt's intentions dawn on her and she decides to take part in one last lie with him. Her face says it all: full of sorrow, but also understanding. Moreover, Walt is visibly shaking and holding off tears throughout the entire call, especially when implicating himself as Hank's killer.
    • Jesse's horrific fate at the end of the episode. Tortured, enslaved, and chained up like a dog in Todd's meth lab, with the implication he'll be there until he's no longer useful. Not to mention that there's a photo of Andrea and Brock against the wall to remind him of what will happen if he doesn't comply... Aaron Paul stated that Jesse would most certainly prefer death.
    • Steve Gomez's death doesn't even get shown on screen; we followed him the whole show, but our friend was already gone when the episode opens up. At least with Hank, we knew what happened.
  • From "Granite State":
    • The beginning of the episode, with Saul in the process of getting a new identity. Really, he's not Saul Goodman anymore. Even his Jimmy McGill, Attorney at Law days are far behind him. He's just plain old Gene Takavic now.
    • Walt shelling out ten thousand dollars to Ed just so he can pretend to have a friend for an hour.
    • The scene where Walt starts wearing his wedding ring around his neck. By this point, cancer has ravaged his body so badly, that he's become too emaciated to even wear the ring on his finger. That little "clink" when it falls off his hand for the first time...
    • Flynn's (previously known as Walt Jr.) last conversation with Walt over the phone. The look of sadness on Walt, unbearable. Flynn blaming Walt for Hank's death, for everything that happened, and for abandoning Skyler (who he now believes was never a willing accomplice in Walt's crimes) as The Scapegoat. Flynn ends the conversation by screaming, "Just leave us alone! YOU ASSHOLE! Why are you still alive? Why won't you just die already?! Ju-Just DIE!" Walt's last words before the phone is hung up? Don't let what he did mean nothing. Walt's face looked like a man who truly had nothing left. A man whose son despises him to the point where he legally changed his first name because of how ashamed he is to share his original name with his criminal father, the world hates him for being a monster, and he hates himself for letting it get out of control.
      • It's worth noting that Flynn's last words to his father are almost the same as what he told him near the beginning of the series when Walt talked about refusing treatment for his cancer. Back then, those came from a son hurt by his father's defeatist attitude. Here they're spoken with genuine hatred, which cut Walt even deeper.
    • Jesse is rotting in a Neo-Nazi basement, forced to work as a meth cook slave, with a photo of Andrea and Brock to remind him that if he tries anything, they'll be killed. In a fit of desperation and despair, he tries to escape, thinking that they'll kill him. No such luck.
      • They drive Jesse to Andrea's house with Todd opening the door and having her step outside. Todd shoots her, and Jesse completely breaks down in a heart-wrenching and tearjerking display of pure agony. Uncle Jack makes it worse by reminding him that Brock is still alive, with a not so veiled threat on his life, should Jesse try to escape again.
    • Skyler's fate is one as well. Her life is practically destroyed, with the trauma of her husband's crimes taking a heavy toll on her, standing a high risk of prosecution for his role in the same activities even though Walt made it look like he abused her into cooperating with him, and working as a taxi-dispatcher to make ends meet. Think that's bad? She also has the Neo-Nazis come after her and threaten to kill her and her entire family if she ever mentions them or Lydia. She now has to live under constant terror of her life if she dare tell what happened. Even if you haven't liked her before, you will definitely feel bad for what happened to her.
  • From "Felina":
    • Walt uses his last meeting with Skyler to be truthful to her, admitting that he did everything, not for the family, but for himself.
      Walt: Skyler... all the things that I did... you need to understand—
      Skyler: (in tears) If I have to hear... one more time... that you did this for the family—
    • Walt gives Skyler the lottery ticket with the GPS coordinates for where Hank and Gomez's bodies are buried to avoid jail time and Skyler's reaction. He even tells her to tell the DEA that Walt forced his way into her apartment and forced her to make him breakfast to explain how she got it, all to keep up the alibi that Skyler was an abused wife who was forced into aiding her husband's crimes.
    • Walt asking to see Holly one last time.
    • Walt observing Flynn from a distance and not being able to say goodbye to him because he knows how much Flynn hates him now.
    • When Walt goes back to his old house, now abandoned, fenced off, graffitied, and trashed, he has a flashback to the very first episode during the big group photo when everyone was happy and the house was lively. It's a somber reminder of how much Walt lost and how much he's destroyed by his two-year descent into a life of crime.
    • Lydia was definitely a Smug Snake with a Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, but the love she has for her daughter is probably the only redeeming quality she has. Think about this from Kiira's perspective; your loving mother has just been poisoned with ricin and is not expected to survive, which means she has to spend the next few days by her mother's side crying at the fact that she's dying very soon. Sure, Lydia's a bitch and a half and she definitely deserves to die, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her young daughter losing her mom.
    • Walt's death. Set to Badfinger's "Baby Blue", no less.
    • The entire Bittersweet Ending, really. Sure, Walt accomplishes what he set out to do in the first place (make certain his family doesn't want for anything after he's gone), he does gain some measure of redemption at the end, and he makes sure all of Uncle Jack's Neo-Nazis and Lydia are dead so they can never hurt his family or anybody else ever again. However, Walt still dies alone and is hated by his remaining family and all of his former friends, and almost every character, good or bad, is dead or has had their lives at least partially ruined by Walt's decision to become a meth cook. He also remains unapologetic despite everything that happened, and it's implied that if Walt had a chance to redo the past two years, he would still choose to go into the meth business.
    • Walt does successfully get his remaining nest egg to his family, by coercing Gretchen and Elliott in using it to set up a trust fund Flynn will receive on his 18th birthday. Then during Walt's final meeting with Skyler, he claims he spent the rest of his money getting back to Albuquerque. This is because, as Flynn made clear in the previous episode, he and Skyler want nothing to do with Walt’s drug money. While they will get the nest egg in a little less than a year, they'll believe the money came from an act of charity of Walt’s former friends (and because of the “assassins” threat, Gretchen and Elliott won’t be telling the truth anytime soon). From the family’s point of view, Walt entering the drug trade to get them money was All for Nothing. Combined with them ending up worse off due to Walt's crimes (Hank's death, the Whites losing their house, all of them being associated with a drug lord), this will give them even more reason to hate him.
      • Even sadder when one realizes that there's only a handful of people who'll ever have even an inkling of why Walt really came back to Albuquerque. We know that he did all this to at least try and make things right, securing a nest egg for his kids and saving Jesse. But to the rest of the world, Walter "Heisenberg" White showed up in town on his 52nd birthday, tracked down the wife he abused into complicity with his crimes to terrorize her further by forcing her to make him breakfast, and later that night, he was found dead from a bullet wound to the abdomen in the meth lab on Jack's compound. Since Jesse is the only survivor and he disappears for good into Alaska, the conclusion will likely be that Walt went there and killed everyone simply to stop them from selling his meth before he died. Meaning not only does he die alone and hated by his family, but history will remember him as a vindictive and violent drug lord whose final act was done out of pettiness and spite.