To me, Breaking Bad’s biggest moments are all about who killed who in what desperate situation, so I put together a panel of the world’s foremost Breaking Bad death predictors. I asked each to predict what main characters would die during the final eight episodes, and what would be the cause. Their answers were as varied as your mother’s… okay… I was about to go too far there. Just enjoy:
Angelo (Co-Founder of this site, but also Fear the Sword):
I’m not going to lie, I never thought Hank would catch on to Walt until the very end. I had always thought that Breaking Bad would end with Walt getting his comeuppance for all the terrible things that he’s done and Hank would only realize at the very end how it had all happened under his nose.
The last episode of the first half of this season kinda threw that out the window.
Given how intricate Breaking Bad has been, I know that the ricin that is currently sitting behind an electrical outlet in Walt’s bedroom is going to have to come into play somehow, but I have no idea how. Originally, I had thought Skyler would come across it and use it to kill Walt, but now I have no idea.
Right now, I think the most likely scenario is Hank flipping Jessie. Given that they witnessed Todd killing an innocent kid, and Walt was pretty okay with it, I’m wondering if it somehow involves Hank coming across the ricin and using that to convince Jessie that Walt poisoned his girlfriend’s kid.
So I guess my answer is Jessie kills Walt. But that doesn’t seem like enough blood. Let’s say Skyler kills herself and their baby in their pool after finding out Walt was involved with murdering that kid at the train tracks. Flynn (née Walt Jr), accidentally drowns trying to save them.
There’s no chance this is happening.
Demetri (of this site, but also The Cleveland Fan):
Hank and the DEA kill Walter and Jesse.
Walt Jr. kills Hank, Marie, Skyler and possibly Holly.
Walt Jr. commits suicide.
Skyler flips out and demands that Walter use the services of the man who can make his family disap pear. She threatens to turn him in to Hank if he doesn’t. She does not realize that Hank knows that Walter is Heisenberg and that he is onto them. Walter agrees to this arrangement and hires him. Before the service can be provided, Hank and the DEA raid Walter and Jesse and kill them both. Walt Jr. and Holly are put into custody because Skyler is not deemed fit to raise the kids given her involvement with Walt Sr.’s drug business. Walt Jr. reacts very poorly to this and kills Hank, Marie and Skyler. He then proceeds to take his own life. After all, “everybody dies in this movie.” Walt Jr. may possibly kill Holly.
Conrad (of Fear The Sword):
Here’s my main predictions regarding people dying…
I think Walt has to die in the end, right? He’s got cancer so he has to die eventually. But how does he die? I keep going back to the ricin that they introduced early in the series and have continuously flirted with. It’s always been advertised as this magic bullet that will be the perfect murder weapon and basically untraceable. My idea is that we’ll be in a situation in which Jesse is considering killing Walt. Maybe we’ll get a scene where Jesse has the ricin and looks like he’s about to poison Walt, but then we never see the conclusion of that scene. Once Walt dies, it will be look like natural causes because, duh, he has cancer. But Vince Gilligan will take a page out of Christopher Nolan’s book at the end of Inception and leave us eternally guessing whether or not Jesse used the ricin on Walt or if he actually just died from the cancer. This will lead to countless arguments on the internet about something that is intentionally ambiguous.
Another thing that I doubt will happen but would make me so so happy: Skyler kills Hank. I have this sneaking suspicion that Hank has to die before the show ends. I’m not sure why, I just think he does. I don’t know if this would ever happen, but if the writers really want to fuck up our Twitter timelines, have Skyler be the one to kill him. It’d be so against everything we initially thought about Skyler that it would blow our minds.
If they want the show to jump the shark, Walt Jr. will just go rogue, kill everybody, and create his own drug empire. That’d be hilarious and it’d be the perfect transition to a terrible sitcom revolving around Walt Jr. I’d totally watch it.
Jush (Formally of I GO HARD NOW):
I actually don’t think too many characters will end up deceased by the end of the series despite the conspiracy theorists that read into Walt and Walt Jr’s midnight viewing of Scarface.
I definitely think some newly introduced and / or expendable characters will perish before the series conclusion. This list includes but is not limited to Lydia and Todd.
I definitely think the series is leading to that Walt / Hank showdown that has been cooking since the beginning, and I believe that Walt will end up killing Hank.
Fan favorites such as Jessie and Saul will be spared their lives but mid level characters that no one truly cares about will die as well, and this is what will be the ultimate shocker to conclude the series. I envision some scenario in which Marie and / or Walt Jr get mixed up in the Walt and Hank shenanigans and then end up dying as a casualty of a stray bullet or house explosion.
I’ve always felt that this show can’t just end with Walt going to jail without somehow destroying the lives of the people around him. The ironic twist of fate at the end will be that his actions which were meant to save his family after his inevitable death from cancer will actually cause the people he meant to keep out of harms way to meet their maker while he must live out his life thinking about what could have been if he truly just quit while he was ahead. The cancer never returns but he lives a sad and regretful life forevermore.
Spacefunmars (of this site, but also Space! Fun! Mars!):
I can imagine the bloodshed going just about any way in these last eight episodes, so I’ll present my most realistic dream-death scenario. Maybe Vince Gilligan and his gang of merry writers will go darker than I’m going, but I doubt it. I’ll present them in the order they will happen to keep things straight.
The killing starts mid-way through season 5.5 after Hank has gathered up enough evidence to arrest Walt.
Skyler kills Hank. I think Hank naturally assumes Skyler has been duped with the rest of them, and he gives her a head’s-up to get their children out of the way before he comes in with the DEA to arrest Walt. Skyler goes home, and her and Walt scheme a ricin scheme. Skyler finds a way to ricin Hank to death. He’s a pretty big guy, he probably likes eating enough that this would be pretty easy. She could probably walk right into the DEA office with a ricin’d sandwich and get it done.
Hank, though, is just a little too careful for the White’s own good. He leaves notes/evidence behind in his DEA office, and they implicate Walt in the drug business. He gets out and goes on the run (disappearer…er) in just enough time to get free. He doesn’t take his family with him because…
At the same time, Todd takes over the meth business after Walt retires, and he basically doesn’t give a shit about anyone or anything. He DOES take a page out Walt’s book, though, in his hatred for loose ends. He’s smart enough to pay someone off in the DEA office to inform him about the going’s on. When he hears they’re after Walt, HE goes after Walt first, convinced Walt would flip for his brother-in-law. Walt’s family is killed when Todd’s people raid the White’s house. Walt isn’t there because he is setting things up with Saul.
While Walt is away, the cancer comes back. This is where the main time difference between when Walt goes on the run and that scene on Walt’s 52nd birthday happens. Walt is away fighting the cancer until he can’t fight it anymore and has to drop the treatment, only popping pills for the pain. Before the cancer gets him, though, he has one last thing to do: avenge his family’s death.
Walt buys that gigantic gun, and he visits Jesse one last time before he goes in. Jesse tries to convince him not to do it, but Walt insists on going anyway. Walt puts an all-out assault on Todd and his people in the open street — not giving a shit about his own life. Leading up to this, we see Jesse nervously trying to decide if he should go help Walt or not — he feels pretty bad that Walt’s entire family got got. Ultimately, he decides to go help.
Jesse gets shot during the fire fight, but Walt comes out unscathed. Walt confesses to Jesse all the shit he did because why not? Jesse is about to die. Walt’s going to die from cancer soon. He can get that shit off his chest. Jesse silently picks up his gun and points it to Walt’s face. Walt tries to plead not to get shot, but he has a coughing fit from the cancer instead. He realizes at this point that it doesn’t matter either way, so he doesn’t even try to explain when the coughing dies down.
Jesse shoots Walt in the face, drops the gun, and then dies himself.
Jack (of Chris Grantland and Cavs Zine):
Don’t listen to anybody else about this Breaking Bad stuff… I’ll tell you who kills who right now. Huell is going to get hungry, but at the same time go into a massive irritable bowl syndrome lapse that takes over his mind and go completely crazy, cannibalizing everyone. First you think he’s this big lovable guy who breathes really loud and struggles with his IBS, then he starts breaking badder than anyone imagined he could.
Probably starts with Saul Goodman’s secretary – who looks kind of meaty, then Kube – even his beard - and next works his way through eating the White family. Figure he’d be able to eat Walt Jr. in about an hour, unless he runs out of BBQ sauce, then maybe an extra half hour to run out and get some more. Skyler, I think she would take a little longer. Pretty sure she would find a way to be annoying even while she’s being gobbled up with some General Tso sauces. Sets up some good cannibal jokes about “the other White meat” too, if you think about it.
That neighbor lady that checked to see if the oven burner was on when Walt was hiding out from Gus Fring, man, she is totally set up to be collaterally eaten as a side dish after Skyler. I see Holly White maybe getting away in the crawl space where Walt kept all that money, since Huell probably can’t fit down there. Have to save that issue for a cliffhanger, maybe at the end of an episode or right before a really long commercial break.
Personally, I think something is going to go down with Marie that’s straight up sneaky. Like she’s going to try to distract Huell by wearing all purple and blending into the purple shag carpet or drapes. Doubt that’s going to stop him though. Then Hank looks like a tough meal… for anyone but Huell that is. Might wash him down with some Schraderbraus too. Could use some Schraderbraus right now myself just thinking about it.
I don’t think any of the evidence is going to survive this kind of power lunch, so pretty sure the DEA will never figure out Walter White’s secret. Know for certain that Huell has got room for a Walt Whitman book in there. Maybe for that whole mobile superlab that’s at the Vamanos headquarters and Todd too. Adios, evidence.
Got a feeling Skinny Pete gets away. Just seems like the least appetizing of anyone on the show. Also his boss piano skills might be a way for him to sooth the savage eating binge Huell. Not saying he gets away, just a feeling, you know.
The only one who has a real chance to not be overpowered by Super Cannibalistic Huell will be Walter White. What’s Walt doing in the foreshadow sequence? Why’s he buying a giant machine gun? Because it’s the only way to stop Huell. Why did Walt grow that beard? To make himself less attractive to eat. This show is going to end with a showdown between the two most powerful guys on the block. Can some guys from Madrigal show up from Germany to save Walt? Nope. Ever see a German try to take down a wall? Set your watch for forever o’clock. (Just a little history humor there).
How many donuts could you buy with that pile of money in the storage locker? Probably a lot. Think Walt can get out of this by bribing Huell with donuts? Really, everybody wins if you can convince a cannibal to switch over to pastries. Heisenberg has always got a trick like that up his sleeve, so don’t count that out.
So my prediction for the final shocking conclusion is this: you’re sitting there wondering how Jesse Pinkman avoided getting eaten by Huell, and where Saul Goodman has been since he’s been hiding out for a bunch of episodes. Then it turns out that somehow Saul and Jesse figured out a way to alter Huell’s IBS into a mental disorder that makes him a cannibalistic maniac. Sweet move by the guys. Makes a perfect segway to the Saul the lawyer spinoff show that everybody’s talkin about these days. Yup, it’s all good, man.
Aaron McGuire (Co-Founder of this site, but also Gothic Ginobili)
Walt kills Hank, Skylar kills Walt. Todd keeps Walt’s product on the streets. Flash forward: 20-year-old Holly ODs on Walt’s blue meth.
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