In addition to being one of the best television shows of all time, Breaking Bad also featured extremely memorable quotes throughout the series. Almost every single one of the main and recurring characters in the show has at least one extremely great and memorable quote.
Whether they were heartfelt speeches, shocking revelations, cold hearted statements or plain old badass words, they existed by the handful in this show. This article will take a look at ten of the best in the series’ history. Beware, the article contains spoilers.
10. “You’re an insane, degenerate piece of filth, and you deserve to die.”
This happened early on in the series when Walt still had a heart and was seen as a good guy in the eyes of the viewers. In this scene, the crazed meth kingpin, Tuco, has an automatic weapon pointed directly at Jesse and Walt needs to do something to save his partner. What he comes up with is this insanely ballsy and courageous quote directed at Tuco, which distracts him enough for Jesse to turn around and hit Tuco with a rock. Seeing as Tuco is likely the last guy anybody wanted to be messing with at this point in the show, this took a lot of guts from Walt.
9. “You’re my free pass… b–tch.”
This was a powerful turn of events in the series as, up until this point, Jesse rarely ever got the best of Walt or gained the upper hand in their sometimes rocky partnership. But after being beaten and bloodied by Hank, he has a “free pass,” so to speak. In addition to this, and more importantly, he has another up his sleeve. Jesse is speaking to Walt and threatens that if he is taken into custody, he will give up Walt as the infamous Heisenberg, essentially meaning that Walt is his free pass out of trouble if it comes his way.
8. “I am the one who knocks.”
This is perhaps one of Walter White’s most famous and most well-known quotes, even though it wasn’t intended to be that way. Originally, when the script was being written, the writers didn’t expect it to be as celebrated and become as iconic as it did. In this scene, Skyler is worried about Walt’s involvement and role in the drug trade, but Walt reassures her that she has nothing to worry about and that he is in the driver’s seat and is in full control of what takes place. The speech by Walt during the scene is full of great lines and reassures Skyler and the viewers that he is the danger.
7. “I will kill your wife, I will kill your son, I will kill your infant daughter.”
Normally a quiet, reserved and behind-the-scenes type of guy, Gustavo Fring steps into the spotlight with this chilling and direct threat towards Walt. Apparently this is what happens when you get on Gus’s bad side. This scene takes place once Gus feels confident that Jesse is fully capable of running his super lab without the need for Walt to be present anymore. This threat is basically Gus telling Walt to stay away from Jesse and to leave them alone, or his family will die. What Gus really meant in this scene is that he would be killing Walt as soon as Jesse would allow him to.
6. “I watched Jane die.”
This was perhaps the most harrowing and stunning revelation in the entire series. By this point, the viewer has known for a long time that Walt was there when Jane died and could have actually saved her. This was the final nail in the coffin of the relationship between Jesse and Walt, as Walt had just signed off on Jesse being tortured and killed by Todd and then proceeded to throw this cruel revelation at him. This line by Walt was said for no other reason other than to hurt Jesse even more. There was no sympathy or regret in Walt’s tone, and there was nothing but malicious intentions in his revelation.
5. “Shut the f–ck up and let me die in peace.”
The character of Mike has said and done many badass things throughout the series of Breaking Bad, and his last breaths prove to be no exception. This scene takes place after Walt shoots Mike for not giving up the names of his men in the prisons. From then on, Walt mumbles out some sort of apology and justification for his actions. Then Mike, who is the ultimate badass, reels off this great line to reflect his true feelings about the situation at hand and that he doesn’t care for Walt’s apology. It is fitting that one of the toughest guys in the series dies without losing that chip on his shoulder or toughness.
4. “All I can do is wait… for the cancer to come back.”
This is a very difficult to watch scene and is one of the more tense scenes in the series. In the scene, Walt berates Skyler for wanting their kids out of the house for their own safety, which is a clear sign that he is not on board with the idea. When Skyler realizes Walt always seems to be a step ahead and what he says goes, she offers up this doozy of a line that catches Walt completely off guard. This scene is evidence that, at this point, Skyler would rather have Walt be dead and gone than be around and keep holding her and her family back and having them in constant danger.
3. “Say my name.”
This is Walter White at his absolute coolest. This is probably Walt’s best monologue and shows that, by now, he is a certified badass. After meeting some men out in the desert, Walt quickly alerts them to who he is. At first when he asks them to “say my name” they are unsure and are not fazed by the older Walt. But once his intensity ratchets up and he lets them know he killed Gus Fring, they know exactly who he is and give him the respect he deserves. This confident and arrogant Walter White is a far cry from the science teacher we met in the first season.
2. “Tread lightly.”
This quote takes place in the extremely tense scene in Hank’s garage when Hank finally realizes that Walt is the infamous Heisenberg; the two have a back and forth, and you could cut the tension with a knife. This scene features many memorable quotes and lines by both Walt and Hank, but Walt’s “tread lightly” quote is king here because it is a threat directly towards Hank, which proves Walt is not afraid of anyone anymore. When this scene was taking place and the phrase was uttered, the internet blew up with people freaking out about the now-famous thinly-veiled threat.
1. “My name is Asac Schrader, and you can go f–ck yourself.”
And the single best quote in the history of Breaking Bad is this absolute gem from Hank right before his death, which is also arguably the hardest death to deal with in the entire series. In this scene, Hank is shot and wounded by Jack and his men and then there is a tense moment with Jack looking down at Hank who is clinging to life, and Walt pleading for Hank to live. Hank, knowing that Jack and his boys have already made up their minds, doesn’t hold back at all with this quote. He died the way he lived, without compromise and without backing down.