It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since Breaking Bad aired its final episode. Over the course of its 5 seasons, the show tapped into the cultural zeitgeist in ways nobody could have predicted. Since its debut in 2008, Breaking Bad continually kept viewers on the edge of their seats with its increasingly shocking twists and turns, and intense subject matter. The rise and fall of drug kingpin Walter White, played to perfection by character actor Bryan Cranston, carved a path of death and destruction through the New Mexico desert in which the show was set. There were so many gasp-inducing moments throughout the show’s run that it’s difficult to rank only 10, as one could easily do a list of 25 or more “Top Breaking Bad Moments”. However difficult it may be to only come up with 10, the following rank as Breaking Bad’s most shocking moments.
10. Walt Bombs Tuco’s Office…With Science!
Season 1 was a little light on shocking moments in comparison to other seasons, but that doesn’t mean that the few that were on offer were any less effective. Walt’s first encounter with deranged drug kingpin Tuco was a gripping scene to begin with, given the former’s very evident instability. Of course, Walt had an ace up his sleeve – science! In what would become the first of many instances of using his scientific background to deal with a difficult situation, Walt turned the tables on Tuco and his crew by detonating a small crystal of fulminated mercury. Although this tactic was later disproven in an episode of Mythbusters, it’s still probably the most shocking and explosive (pun intended) moments of Breaking Bad’s 1st season.