The Darkest Breaking Bad Alternate Ending We Never Got To Watch

Breaking Bad was, to put it lightly, a bit of a downer for a show that was based on one man's fight to beat the odds and live through a terminal illness. Fans of the show know that the main character, Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, is a high school chemistry teacher who feels he has to turn to crime and "cook" crystal meth because he just found out he has stage 3 lung cancer and needs to pay the bills. 

But this immoral way to get what he wants soon turns into a dangerous, narcissistic obsession with chemical perfection. Walt becomes obsessed with making the perfect product and won't settle for anything less. 

Fans of, well, pretty much every piece of entertainment ever made know that dangerous obsessions can lead us down dark roads. Walt kills more than a dozen people himself during the course of the show. He's also indirectly responsible for a number of deaths. Walt didn't help Jane Margolis (Krysten Ritter) when she choked to death on her own vomit because he knew how much her death would hurt his partner, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). When he calls for help, DEA agents Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) and Hank Schrader are killed (Dean Norris). Walt even poisons Brock Cantillo (Ian Posada) to make Jess think Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) tried to poison him with ricin. Brock didn't die, but that's still wrong. 

In one possible ending to the show Breaking Bad, both Jesse and Walter Jr. die. 

Walter White's story of drugs and murder could have ended in a way that was even worse than the one we saw. Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, said on the last episode of the Breaking Bad Insider Podcast that he had "kicked around" an idea before season 1 that would have made people think, "That guy is just so messed up," involving the deaths of Jesse Pinkman and Walter Jr. (R.J. Mitte). "I told them about a scene I had in mind, and every time I did, they said, "Ugh, you're crazy." But I had this idea that Jesse would die in season one, and Walt would be so angry at the drug kingpin or drug dealer who did it that he would want to get even." 

Gilligan's idea was for Walt to tie up and torture this "really tough badass" in a basement, with the trigger of a rifle or shotgun hooked up to a trip wire so that the person being tortured could end it all on his own. In the proposed scene, Walt starts "working on this guy from the toes up" and "starts lopping off bits of this guy." He cauterizes his wounds so he doesn't bleed out. The man Walt is torturing is so strong that he can stand it for weeks and won't give Walt the satisfaction of killing himself. Walter Jr. eventually comes across the scene and, out of kindness, tries to help the person who is the target of his father's revenge. In doing so, he reveals that he is Walt's son. At that point, the drug dealer pulls the trip wire, killing himself and Walter Jr. He did this because he knew he could hurt Walt. 

In terms of darkness, it's hard to think of a Breaking Bad ending that could be worse than Walt shooting a crowd of people with an M60 machine gun, even if they were white supremacists. But Gilligan's idea above might just take the cake.


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