After Walt and Jesse are kidnapped by their psychotic distributor, Tuco Salamanca, the two try to run the business on their own. Things don’t go smoothly, and they’re forced to seek legal counsel from Saul Goodman, a criminal lawyer. Saul helps them out, and even hooks Walt up with a new distributor: meth kingpin and fast food entrepreneur Gus Fring.
Skyler, Walt's wife, demands a divorce when she discovers Walt’s new profession. Meanwhile, two Cartel killers head to Albuquerque to avenge the death of their cousin Tuco. To save Walt, Gus steers them to Hank, who survives their ambush but is severely injured. Sensing that Walt's drug activities are connected to the assault, Skyler offers to pay Hank's medical bills, telling her sister Marie that Walt won big money playing illegal card games.
Relations with Gus disintegrate after Walt kills two of Gus' dealers to protect Jesse, who later kills Gale, the chemist Gus had groomed to be Walt's replacement. Walt prepares poison for Jesse to slip to Gus, but Gus undermines Jesse's loyalty to Walt by elevating Jesse within the meth operation.
Hank renews his pursuit of Heisenberg after being asked by a friend on the police force to review the Gale Boetticher murder case. In a moment of pride, Walt scoffs at Hank's notion that Gale was Heisenberg, and suggests that Hank's quarry may still be at large. The comment reenergizes Hank, who begins to connect the dots between Gale and Gus.
Walt turns Jesse against Gus by falsely accusing Gus of poisoning the young son of Jesse’s girlfriend. Jesse tells him that Gus’ only point of weakness appears to be Tuco's uncle, Tio, a former Cartel member with whom Gus has bad blood. Walt convinces Tio to strap a homemade explosive device to his wheelchair, knowing that Gus will soon be visiting Tio’s nursing home. Tio and Gus both perish when the bomb goes off.
"We're safe," Walt tells Skyler. "I won."
Afterwards, Walt convinces Jesse and Mike to partner up with him in a new meth operation: cooking inside tented houses that are undergoing fumigation by Vamonos Pest. He and Mike find themselves constantly at odds, especially after Walt learns that Mike is allocating a portion of their profits to Gus’ imprisoned former employees in order to prevent them from talking.
Meanwhile, Skyler grows increasingly distant from Walt, afraid of him and the danger he might bring to their doorstep. She continues to launder his money, but insists the kids live with Hank and Marie. Walt initially refuses, but is forced to go along with her demand when she fakes a mental breakdown.
Walt, Jesse and Mike orchestrate a train robbery to procure more methylamine after the DEA begins tracking barrels from their former source, Lydia. All goes well until their new associate Todd kills an innocent boy in the process. This incident pushes Jesse and Mike to quit the meth business, infuriating Walt. He and Jesse part ways.
New evidence arises in the DEA’s investigation of Heisenberg, forcing Mike to flee town. Walt helps him leave, but when Mike refuses to identify the nine imprisoned men that could incriminate them all, Walt kills him in a fit of rage. Left on his own, Walt turns to Lydia and Todd to help him orchestrate the murders of the men in prison. He hires Todd as his new cooking partner. Business flourishes.
Eventually, Skyler brings Walt to a storage unit filled with money. “I want my kids back,” she says. “How big does this pile have to be?”
Walt decides to quit the meth business, and things begin to return to normal. The kids come back home, and Hank and Marie visit the White house for a barbeque. There, unbeknownst to Walt, Hank discovers a book gifted to Walt by Gale Boetticher. He realizes that his milquetoast brother-in-law might be connected to Heisenberg.
A year later, Walt dines alone at a Denny’s. His health has declined, and he’s assumed a false identity. A black market gun dealer exchanges car keys for Walt’s cash, which leads Walt to a nondescript vehicle in the parking lot. Inside its trunk? An M60 machine gun.
Bryan Cranston won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White. He holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series, and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy Awards, to receive three consecutive wins. In 2012 Cranston’s performance earned him a fourth Emmy nomination, a Television Critics Association Award, three Golden Globe nominations and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
On the big screen, Cranston won a second Screen Actors Guild Award this year for his co-starring role in the 2012 Oscar-winning Best Picture Argo, essaying the role of CIA operative Jack O’Donnell opposite star-director Ben Affleck.
He is currently in production on Legendary Pictures’ remake of Godzilla starring opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. He will also voice a character in DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3.
Last year, Cranston was heard as the voice of Vitaly in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which grossed over $730 million worldwide. He also starred in Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall, Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages and Nicolas Winding Refn's critically acclaimed film Drive, opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Cranston's additional feature film credits include: Contagion, John Carter, Larry Crowne, The Lincoln Lawyer, Little Miss Sunshine, Seeing Other People, Saving Private Ryan and That Thing You Do!
Born into a show business family and raised in Southern California, Cranston made his acting debut at the age of 8 in a United Way commercial. It wasn't until he finished college that acting became a serious consideration. While on a cross-country motorcycle trip with his brother, he discovered community theater and began exploring every aspect of the stage. Soon, he was cast in a summer stock company.
Cranston returned to Los Angeles and quickly landed a role on the television movie Love Without End, which led to his being signed as an original cast member of ABC's Loving. He went on to appear in numerous television roles, including a seven-year run as Hal on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmy Awards; the recurring role of dentist Tim Whatley on Seinfeld; HBO's acclaimed miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, as Buzz Aldrin; and the made-for-television movie I Know My First Name is Steven, among others. He has also guest-starred on numerous TV programs.
Cranston continues to pursue his love for theater whenever possible. Credits include: The God of Hell, Chapter Two, The Taming of the Shrew, A Doll's House, Eastern Standard, Wrestlers, Barefoot in the Park and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.
Cranston is also a dedicated screenwriter and director. He wrote the original romantic drama Last Chance as a birthday gift for his wife, Robin Dearden, and directed and starred in the film. Cranston has also directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, the Comedy Central pilot Special Unit, Breaking Bad and recently an episode of Modern Family.
In early 2011, Cranston served as executive producer and star of an exclusive online series called The Handlers for Atom.com. The comedic short series followed Cranston as the character Jack Power and his race to win a seat on the state senate.
Cranston also produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to educate families on how to stay safe from child abduction and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
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Walter White Quotes
My brother-in-law doesn’t deserve to die because of this.EP 411 "Crawl Space"
If you think that I am capable of doing this, then go ahead, put a bullet in my head and kill me right now.EP 4 "The End Times"
What, does he have some kind of sixth sense?EP 413 "Face Off"
Gus is dead. We’ve got work to do.EP 413 "Face Off"
It’s over. We’re safe. . . . I won.EP 413 "Face Off"
I swear to God, I thought I was driving the man to a gem and mineral show.EP 408 "Hermanos"
I’ve got some math for you. Hank catching Gus equals Hank catching us.EP 408 "Hermanos"
Is this going to be a regular thing now? Meth cooking and corpse disposal?EP 409 "Bug"
I’ll give you advice: Go to Mexico, screw up like I know you will, and wind up in a barrel somewhere.EP 409 "Bug"
I made a mistake. It’s my own fault. I had it coming. It’s all my fault. I’m sorry.EP 410 "Salud"