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5 Seasons of Breaking Bad – The 5 Best Episodes, So Far

With 8 hours and 45 minutes till the series finale of Breaking Bad, I’m at the tail end of my second Breaking Bad marathon in two months. Like everyone else, I’m bingeing on every cook, murder, and color conspiracy, hoping I can make sense of it all when the credits fade to black on Vince Gilligan’s name one last time. I’m sure I’ll be left with some questions, like, do we know why Holly White always, always, always had a hat or hood on? The world may never know.

For what it’s worth, here’s my list of the best 5 episodes of Breaking Bad – one per season – so far.

Season One – Episode 3 – … And the Bag’s in the River

Having lost the coin toss, Walt has to deal with disposing of Krazy-8 while Jesse handles Emilio’s remains. The only problem? Krazy-8 isn’t dead and Walt has a hard time making the leap from meth cook to cold-blooded murderer. Understandable seeing as how he and Krazy-8 bond over a sandwich and Krazy-8’s after school job at his father’s store. Ultimately, after making a pros and cons list of whether or not he should kill him, Walt figures out that Krazy-8 was playing him and chokes him to death. Good thing, too, because it turned out that Krazy-8 was a DEA informant. And you know what they say about snitches. They get choked with a bike lock.

Breaking Bad S1E3 Krazy 8

Another standout from this episode: It’s the first time we see that Hank isn’t just a jock-like meathead. He’s a caring uncle who actually respects Walt as a father and he’s sensitive to how Walt will feel when he learns that Walt Jr. turned to him after being busted for trying to buy liquor.

Season Two – Episode 12 – Phoenix

I almost went with the finale, ABQ, but the moment when Walt lets Jane choke to death on her own vomit is too huge to be denied.

Breaking Bad Jane Dies

Until then, all the blood on Walt’s hands could be chalked up to some kind of self defense, and though it’s clear he believes letting Jane die saves Jesse from himself, it’s wrong. Oh, so wrong. Cranston’s tears after Jane lets go and her eyes open to that death stare are sad and chilling.

Breaking Bad S2E12 Phoenix

Season Three – Episode 12 – Half Measures

What can I say? I like penultimate episodes and some shows do them very well (See: Rains of Castamere and Blackwater on Game of Thrones). I really struggled with this one because season 3 is full of many great episodes including Kafkaesque and One Minute. One Minute had me pacing around my bedroom due to the stress. I also love the Heisenberg moment in the finale, Full Measure: “Your boss is going to need me.”

But I had to give it up to the episode that set it all in motion when Walt showed how far he was willing to go to save Jesse from himself – again.


Season Four – Episode 10 – Salud

This was, hands down, my favorite season until the latter half of season 5 came along. You know what? It still might be.

Anyway, as much as I love Face Off, Box Cutter, Problem Dog, and Crawl Space, Salud was just so damn good. Jesse proved himself as a Heisenberg-level cook after being intimidated to all hell by the Mexican cartel’s set-up. Gus and Mike took out the whole cartel in a daring plan that proved, in the end, in the form of bags of blood with Jesse’s name on them, that they were probably much better for Jesse than Walt ever was.

Breaking Bad Salud

Season Five (First Half) – Episode 5 – Dead Freight

Welp. Guess that answers the question as to whether or not Todd was an undercover cop.


Right now, if I had to pick a favorite from the latter half of season five, it’s a serious tie between To’haajilee and Ozymandias. Of course, I’m reserving judgement until the series finale tonight.

What about you? What are your favorite Breaking Bad episodes?



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Nina Perez is the founder of Project Fandom. She is also the author of a YA series of books, "The Twin Prophecies," and a collection of essays titled, "Blog It Out, B*tch." Her latest books, a contemporary romance 6-book series titled Sharing Space, are now available on for Kindle download. She has a degree in journalism, works in social media, lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves Idris Elba. When not watching massive amounts of British television or writing, she is sketching plans to build her very own TARDIS. She watches more television than anyone you know and she's totally fine with that.

3 Comments on 5 Seasons of Breaking Bad – The 5 Best Episodes, So Far

  1. Face Off. Ding ding ding ding ding.

  2. 5. Fly
    4. Full Measure
    3. Face Off
    2. Granite State
    1. Dead Freight

    Hopefully the series finale makes it, at least, into the top 5.

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