Walter WhitePlayed by Bryan Cranston
Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher and family man, learns he has inoperable lung cancer. To secure his family's financial future, he begins making meth with Jesse Pinkman, a former student. The two become known for their top-quality blue meth, but success has its complications: Walt finds himself in over his head in the drug underworld. Meanwhile, a DEA team led by Walt's brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, begins investigating "Heisenberg," Walt's alter ego.
After Walt and Jesse are kidnapped by their psychotic distributor, Tuco Salamanca, the two try to run the business on their own. Things don’t go smoothly, and they’re forced to seek legal counsel from Saul Goodman, a criminal lawyer. Saul helps them out, and even hooks Walt up with a new distributor: meth kingpin and fast food entrepreneur Gus Fring.
Skyler, Walt's wife, demands a divorce when she discovers Walt’s new profession. Meanwhile, two Cartel killers head to Albuquerque to avenge the death of their cousin Tuco. To save Walt, Gus steers them to Hank, who survives their ambush but is severely injured. Sensing that Walt's drug activities are connected to the assault, Skyler offers to pay Hank's medical bills, telling her sister Marie that Walt won big money playing illegal card games.
Relations with Gus disintegrate after Walt kills two of Gus' dealers to protect Jesse, who later kills Gale, the chemist Gus had groomed to be Walt's replacement. Walt prepares poison for Jesse to slip to Gus, but Gus undermines Jesse's loyalty to Walt by elevating Jesse within the meth operation.
Hank renews his pursuit of Heisenberg after being asked by a friend on the police force to review the Gale Boetticher murder case. In a moment of pride, Walt scoffs at Hank's notion that Gale was Heisenberg, and suggests that Hank's quarry may still be at large. The comment reenergizes Hank, who begins to connect the dots between Gale and Gus.
Walt turns Jesse against Gus by falsely accusing Gus of poisoning the young son of Jesse’s girlfriend. Jesse tells him that Gus’ only point of weakness appears to be Tuco's uncle, Tio, a former Cartel member with whom Gus has bad blood. Walt convinces Tio to strap a homemade explosive device to his wheelchair, knowing that Gus will soon be visiting Tio’s nursing home. Tio and Gus both perish when the bomb goes off.
"We're safe," Walt tells Skyler. "I won."
Afterwards, Walt convinces Jesse and Mike to partner up with him in a new meth operation: cooking inside tented houses that are undergoing fumigation by Vamonos Pest. He and Mike find themselves constantly at odds, especially after Walt learns that Mike is allocating a portion of their profits to Gus’ imprisoned former employees in order to prevent them from talking.
Meanwhile, Skyler grows increasingly distant from Walt, afraid of him and the danger he might bring to their doorstep. She continues to launder his money, but insists the kids live with Hank and Marie. Walt initially refuses, but is forced to go along with her demand when she fakes a mental breakdown.
Walt, Jesse and Mike orchestrate a train robbery to procure more methylamine after the DEA begins tracking barrels from their former source, Lydia. All goes well until their new associate Todd kills an innocent boy in the process. This incident pushes Jesse and Mike to quit the meth business, infuriating Walt. He and Jesse part ways.
New evidence arises in the DEA’s investigation of Heisenberg, forcing Mike to flee town. Walt helps him leave, but when Mike refuses to identify the nine imprisoned men that could incriminate them all, Walt kills him in a fit of rage. Left on his own, Walt turns to Lydia and Todd to help him orchestrate the murders of the men in prison. He hires Todd as his new cooking partner. Business flourishes.
Eventually, Skyler brings Walt to a storage unit filled with money. “I want my kids back,” she says. “How big does this pile have to be?”
Walt decides to quit the meth business, and things begin to return to normal. The kids come back home, and Hank and Marie visit the White house for a barbeque. There, unbeknownst to Walt, Hank discovers a book gifted to Walt by Gale Boetticher. He realizes that his milquetoast brother-in-law might be connected to Heisenberg.
A year later, Walt dines alone at a Denny’s. His health has declined, and he’s assumed a false identity. A black market gun dealer exchanges car keys for Walt’s cash, which leads Walt to a nondescript vehicle in the parking lot. Inside its trunk? An M60 machine gun.
Walter White Quotes
“I said f— you. And your eyebrows… wipe down this!”Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
“I am awake.”Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
“We are going to make a good product that does what it is supposed to, as advertised. No emulsifiers, no baking powder, no bleach, no chili powder.”Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
“I’m sorry, what were you asking me? Oh, yes, that stupid plastic container I asked you to buy. You see, hydrofluoric acid won’t eat through plastic; it will however dissolve metal, rock, glass, ceramic. So there’s that.”Season 1, Episode 2: “Cat’s in the Bag…”
“I haven’t been myself lately, but I love you. Nothing about that has changed, nothing ever will. So right now, what I need, is for you to climb down out of my ass. Can you do that? Will you do that for me, honey? Will you please, just once, get off my ass, you know? I’d appreciate it, I really would.”Season 1, Episode 3: “…And the Bag’s in the River”
“Look we all in this room, we love each other. We want what’s best for each other, and I know that; I am very thankful for that. What I want… what I want, what I need… is a choice.”Season 1, Episode 5: “Gray Matter”
“How can you suggest that we kill a man, and you can’t even open the gun?”Season 2, Episode 1: “Seven Thirty-Seven”
“We tried to poison you. We tried to poison you because you’re an insane, degenerate piece of filth and you deserve to die.”Season 2, Episode 2: “Grilled”
“My wife is seven months pregnant with a baby we didn’t intend. My fifteen-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 eighteen months, I will be dead. And you ask why I ran?”Season 2, Episode 3: “Bit by a Dead Bee”
“You asked me what I want you to do. I want you to handle it.”Season 2, Episode 5: “Breakage”
“The game has changed. The word is out. And you are a killer.”Season 2, Episode 7: “Negro Y Azul”
“Sitting around, smoking marijuana, eating Cheetos and masturbating do not constitute ‘plans.’”Season 2, Episode 9: “4 Days Out”
“All the lies — I can’t even keep them straight in my head any more.”Season 2, Episode 9: “4 Days Out”
“It’s kind of funny. When I got my diagnosis – cancer – I said to myself, ‘Why me?’ And then, the other day, when I got the good news, I said the same thing.”Season 2, Episode 10: “Over”
[Showing Holly the money hidden in the garage]“Want to see what your Daddy did for you? That’s right: Daddy did that. Daddy did that for you”Season 2, Episode 12: “Phoenix”
“You come down and you wave these papers in my face when there is a whole other entire side to this. There’s your side and there’s my side, and you have not heard my side yet. You have not heard any of it at all.”Season 3, Episode 1: “No Mas”
“Hellfire rained down on my house! Where my children sleep!”Season 3, Episode 2: “Caballo Sin Nombre”
“But I brought dipping sticks.”Season 3, Episode 2: “Caballo Sin Nombre”
“I’m in… you’re out.”Season 3, Episode 5: “Mas”
“Name one thing in this world that is not negotiable.”Season 3, Episode 6: “Sunset”
“Look, I feel like I’m running out of ways to explain this to you, but once more I shall try. This fly is a major problem for us: It will ruin our batch, and we need to destroy it and every trace of it so we can cook. Failing that, we’re dead. There’s no more room for error, not with these people.”Season 3, Episode 10: “Fly”
“I’ve lived too long.”Season 3, Episode 10: “Fly”
“The universe is random. It’s not inevitable. It’s simple chaos. It’s subatomic particles in endless, aimless collision. That’s what science teaches us, but what is this saying? What is it telling us, when on the very night that this man’s daughter dies, it’s me who’s having a drink with him? How can that be random?”Season 3, Episode 10: “Fly”
“Murder is not part of your 12-step program.”Season 3, Episode 12: “Half Measures”
“Run.”Season 3, Episode 12: “Half Measures”
“I saved your life, Jesse. Are you gonna save mine?”Season 3, Episode 13: “Full Measure”
“You might wanna hold off… Your boss is going to need me.”Season 3, Episode 13: “Full Measure”
“Let us cook. Isn’t that what this whole thing is about?”Season 4, Episode 1: Box Cutter
“What did you expect me to do? Just simply roll over and allow you to murder us?”Season 4, Episode 1: Box Cutter
“You kill me, you have nothing. You kill Jesse, you don’t have me.”Season 4, Episode 1: Box Cutter
“Get me in a room with him. Mike, just get me in a room, and I’ll do the rest.”Season 4, Episode 2: Thirty-Eight Snub
“Let’s just say that I have a hell of a lot more on my mind right now than thinking about buying a damn car wash.”Season 4, Episode 3: Open House
“I was, and am, providing for our family.”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“Where is the ‘I slept with my boss’ bullet point? I can’t seem to find that.”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“You should see his house. It’s, it’s like Skid Row. He has actual hobos living there.”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“I’ve got Mike, that grunting, dead-eyed cretin sucker punching me in the, in the face. I’ve got Gus wielding a box cutter. I mean, Western Union, message received.”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“Why am I the only person capable of behaving in a professional manner?”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“I want you to give her every last dollar. Do you hear me? I don’t care if you have to stuff it in trash bags. Just make it happen.”Season 4, Episode 5: Shotgun
“This genius of yours, maybe he’s still out there.”Season 4, Episode 5: Shotgun
“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.”Season 4, Episode 6: Cornered
“What is going on with me is not about some disease. It’s about choices. Choices I have made. Choices I stand by.”Season 4, Episode 6: Cornered
“This whole thing. All of this. It’s all about me.”Season 4, Episode 6: Cornered
“He says he see something in you. What kind of game is he playing? Does he think you’re that naive?Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“The man looked you straight in the eye and told you no more children, but that very night, that little boy, he winds up–.”Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“This is a simple division of labor: I bring in the money, you launder the money.”Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“I swear to God, I thought I was driving the man to a gem and mineral show.”Season 4, Episode 8: Hermanos
“I’ve got some math for you. Hank catching Gus equals Hank catching us.”Season 4, Episode 8: Hermanos
“Is this going to be a regular thing now? Meth cooking and corpse disposal?”Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“I’ll give you advice: Go to Mexico, screw up like I know you will, and wind up in a barrel somewhere.”Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“I made a mistake. It’s my own fault. I had it coming. It’s all my fault. I’m sorry.”Season 4, Episode 10: Salud
“I’m done explaining myself.”Season 4, Episode 11: Crawl Space
“If you could kill me, I’d already be dead. But you can’t. You can’t kill me because Jesse wouldn’t cook for you if you did.”Season 4, Episode 11: Crawl Space
“My brother-in-law doesn’t deserve to die because of this.”Season 4, Episode 11: Crawl Space
“If you think that I am capable of doing this, then go ahead, put a bullet in my head and kill me right now.”Season 4, Episode 12: The End Times
“What, does he have some kind of sixth sense?”Season 4, Episode 13: Face Off
“Gus is dead. We’ve got work to do.”Season 4, Episode 13: Face Off
“It’s over. We’re safe. . . . I won.”Season 4, Episode 13: Face Off