Breaking Bad – Walter’s Death Toll Makes Him A Mass-Murderer!

by on August 28, 2012

in Entertainment

Bryan Cranston in - Breaking BadEvery season of Breaking Bad, Walter (Bryan Cranston) ends up killing someone or as time goes on, is responsible in one way or another, for some deaths.  So when he cries to Jesse how horrible he felt about the child Todd killed earlier this season, well, I’m not buying it any more.

(There are going to be spoilers in here if you haven’t seen this season or the last episode)

Back in the beginning of Breaking Bad, when it was about family and sacrifice, people died because it was self defense.  But now it’s evolved into an ego-driven proactive act to keep witnesses silent and Walter out of jail.

I used to root for Walter because what he was doing was about the family.  But now, he’s stumbled through all this and is going at it because he likes being the best at something.  And he isn’t stopping for nothing.  No matter what.

Dean Norris in - Breaking BadEarlier this season, Skylar said she is just waiting for his cancer to return and I thought that was such a horrible thing to say.  But now, I’m in her camp in this one case.

Hank is slowly digging up more dirt and looks like he’s getting closer to discovering Walt.  That used to be a fan’s tension trigger.  Now, I’m rooting for Hank to take down Walter.

Heck, if Jesse finds out what Walter just did, I have no clue what he might do.  He’s already killed and he’s come close to killing Walter.  Add that to his faltering guilt levels and I could see him turning himself in just to make sure Walter is captured!

In fact, right now my motto is that I am rooting for anyone who is going after Walter.  Heck, I wouldn’t even be surprised if Jesse turns himself in, just to stop Walter.

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As some people know, when you tick me off, I go off.  But it’s a methodical kind of “off” that has a dark kind of productive mode.  In this case, Walter has finally hit my last straw of faith in him.

As far as “Death by Walter,” at first thought, you might think that Walter has only killed a couple of people. But if you dwell on it, he’s killed hundreds via association or ramifications of his actions.  Let’s not mention the lives he’s destroying that we never see like the addicts on the street.  The crime must go on so they can afford his product.  There’s a lot I ignored because I was rooting for Walter.  Well buddy, you’re on your own now!

See what you think about direct, indirect or happen stance victims of Walter White:

First up are the 14 deaths I directly credit to Walter:

  1. Emilio
  2. Krazy-8
  3. Combo
  4. Jane
  5. Nameless rival dealer #1 (Aztec run-over victims)
  6. Nameless rival dealer #2 (Aztec run-over victims)
  7. Gale
  8. Anonymous Gus henchman in lab
  9. Gus
  10. Hector “Tio” Salamanca
  11. Tyrus (Gus henchman with Gus when he died)
  12. Guard #1 in laundry lab (When Walter blew it up)
  13. Guard #2 in laundry lab (When Walter blew it up)
  14. Mike Ehrmantraut

Jonathan Banks, Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

But I’m upset at Walter for what he did to Mike.  So I thought I would compile a list of people who died, not only by Walter’s hand but via association of Walter’s actions and results there of. (In image above, the damage was already done and Walter is just holding a gun on Mike.)

1: Emilio
Breaking Bad pilot
Self defense.

2: Krazy-8
Season one, episode three
Basement boy, who is dispatched by Walter – self-defense

3: Combo
Season two, episode eleven
Dies dealing Walt’s drugs.

4: Jane
Season two, episode twelve
Walt watches her die, doing nothing.
I was shocked, but not dismayed.  It was confusing to try and understand if this was a right thing or not.  Generally speaking, no.  In Walt’s world, well…

5-172: The 167 passengers on the Wayfarer 515 and JM 21 flights
Season two, episode thirteen
If Walter had saved Jane, her dad would not have blanked out.
Walter is now officially, an incidental mass-murderer.

173-174: Nameless rival dealers
Season three, episode twelve
Remember the guys Walt surprise hit with his Aztec?

175: Gale
season three, episode thirteen
Walt has Jesse kill Gale to protect himself.

176: Victor
Season four, episode one
Man whose throat Gus slits in front of Walt, to make a point.
I might as well blame Walt.

177: Anonymous Gus henchman
Season four, episode nine
I think this is the guy Walt pops in the lab.

178: Gus
Season four, episode thirteen
Using someone else, yet again, Walt orchestrates the death of my favorite bad guy, ever!

179: Hector “Tio” Salamanca
Season four, episode thirteen
He wanted to die because his family was gone.  He wanted revenge.  And Walt needed yet another tool.

180: Tyrus
Season four, episode thirteen
Gus’s right hand man who died with Gus in Walt’s bomb.

182-183: Two guards in laundry lab
Season four, episode thirteen
Walt’s collateral deaths

184: Peter Schuler
season five, episode two
Suicide, brought on by Gus’s franchise now exposed from his death, at the hands of Walt.

185: Chow
Season five, episode two
Killed by Mike, but necessary as events that unfolded because Walt took out Gus

186: Chris Mara
Season five, episode two
Killed by Mike, because Walt took out Gus.

187: Drew Sharp
Season five, episode five
Killed by Todd, because Walt says no witnesses and Todd takes that to cold-heart.

188: Mike Ehrmantraut
Season five, episode seven:
Killed by Walt because Walt wanted names and gets angry. Later recalls another source to get names from.

 

Breaking Bad season five promo art - TV marathon

So when Walt says he’s left a wake of bodies in his path, that’s an understatement!  F*! you Walt.

OK, but how do I really feel?

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UPDATED 9-3-12: After the mid-season finale of Breaking Bad, we can now add 10 to the tallies as Walt just ordered these deaths to protect himself.

Now the 14-count is up to 24 deaths as the direct result of Walt killing or having ordered to people to be killed.  The total body count is now up to 198

I culled the idea from a list of deaths that Vulture put up recently.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons September 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

WOW! I’m barely hitting 200 and Io9 has Walter’s death toll at 247! (I’ll add a link later when I’m logged in to the site.)

Greg September 3, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Yes, Gus killed Victor to make a point but he mainly killed him because he was seen at Gale’s apartment. I blame that death solely on Gus.

Walt never told Todd “No witnesses”.
It was actually Jesse that point to Todd.
The whole train robbery was Jesse’s idea.
So I attribute the Drew Sharp’s death to Jesse.

Boo Urns August 30, 2012 at 9:08 am

The anonymous henchman you are thinking of is one of the two guards killed in the laundry lab (182-183).

Bruce Simmons August 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

“Jane – inaction is not murder.” Would that not count towards involuntary manslaughter? (personslaughter?) He didn’t even try. He stood there and watched it happen, by choice, to effect yet again, something he wanted.

SIDENOTE: What an incredible show that can make us start to detest the man we so fervently rooted for, for four seasons. WOW!

Bruce Simmons August 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Maybe my seasons were wrong… who did he shoot in the lab to save Jesse. (I think he was saving or rescuing Jesse) I remember a scene with the freight elevator and Walt having a gun to someone’s head and walking them in the lab and then needing to take them out? (It’s totally possible I’ve mixed up my seasons…) (Or events. I’m pretty sure he left a body behind after that.)

Then again… there seem to be so many piling up, nuances are getting lost in the pile!

Boo Urns August 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

190: Tomas – killed in events stemming from Combo’s death.

But really Walt hasn’t “murdered” that many people in the strict sense. His most direct killings:

Emilio – self defense
Krazy 8 – nah, this one was murder. The non-murder alternative was turning him over to the police.
Jane – inaction is not murder. I wouldn’t have even known what to do to save her.
Rival dealers – Were seconds away from gunning down Jesse. “Other defense”? Although I think he might shoot one after the threat is neutralized. Maybe he was reaching for a gun. I don’t remember.
Gus – Murder. Loosely self-defense. The non-murder alternative was turning him over to the police. But his family probably would’ve been murdered in retaliation.
Tyrus – Murder.
Two guards in laundry lab – Murder.
Mike – This was Walt’s most unambiguous murder. Petty killing totally disconnected from protecting himself or anyone else. Granted Mike was a cold-blooded guy himself and probably would’ve eventually killed more people.

6 or 7 real murders. Mike, the two guards, and possibly one rival dealer were not killed out of any sort of fear, but out of vengeance or just to avoid jail time, and in the case of Mike, just out of hurt feelings.

Btw:
177: Anonymous Gus henchman – Who are you talking about? Walt didn’t shoot anyone season 4, ep 9?

Bruce Simmons August 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Boo: (Headslap!!! I missed that one…)

Mark: I had thought about that too, but I had to wonder if they wouldn’t come to a head without Walter’s meddling. I didn’t want to seem too greedy in laying down the pile of bodies on Walt… but as I’m pondering this, I think you’re right. Dang, the body count keeps going up!

Mark Gregory August 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

If you’re gonna include all the indirect deaths, you might as well include Tuco (plus his men No-Doze and Gonzo), as well as Tuco’s Cousins who sought to avenge him. There’s also the chance that the whole war between Gus’ organization and the cartel was a result of Walt entering the drug trade, and that all of those casualties are indirectly his fault.

Boo Urns August 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

189: Donald Margolis: Jane’s dad commits suicide because of the Wayfarer incident and Jane ‘s death.

Paul Forcey August 29, 2012 at 8:56 am

I don’t even watch Breaking Bad but I sure do enjoy reading your write ups!

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