Day or night, it didn’t matter; the Breaking Bad characters were never completely safe. Aspiring drug lords fought for power among each other, the DEA tried to hunt them down, and, sometimes, innocent bystanders paid the cost of being at the wrong place at the wrong time with their lives.
Most of the killing happened in broad daylight. The biggest tragedy, fatality-wise, was the Wayfarer 515 and JM 21 crash. It happened right in the middle of the day and killed 167 people. Some murders happened after the sun went down. Notable nocturnal victims are Gale, Bolsa, Spooge, Lydia, Todd, and Jack.
No-Doze died in the season two episode “Seven Thirty-Seven” after he stood up for his boss. Tuco, intoxicated and deranged, didn’t appreciate his underling speaking up when he wasn’t spoken to, so he beat him to death right in the middle of the day. It’s definitely one of those scenes that makes fans nervous on a re-watch since it’s such a brutal scene.
Walter and Jesse saw the whole thing happen. Jesse tried warning Walt against doing business with the mentally unstable Tuco beforehand, but to no avail.
Declan, or as Jack Welker ingeniously called him, “the guy who looked like Wolverine,” was one of the last characters to die in Breaking Bad. He died in the episode “Buried” when Jack shot him in the head so he could take over the meth empire.
Jack’s gang took out the rest of Declan’s crew at the same time right in the middle of the day. Their compound was so far away from the civilization that it’s very unlikely anybody heard the shots being fired.
Mike is easily one of Breaking Bad‘s most badass characters. He died the way he lived: peacefully, weary, and bravely. Walter shot him in the stomach with a revolver. Mike probably regretted all the times he let Walt off the hook, but he didn’t seem too upset about the notion of dying. The game was over.
As he was dying by the river in broad daylight, he uttered one of the most iconic last lines in the show: “Shut the f*ck up and let me die in peace.”
One of the show’s most chilling scenes was definitely Todd murdering Drew Sharp, a 14-year-old kid who accidentally saw their train heist. It was the final straw for Jesse. After that, he no longer wanted to be associated with Walt, who didn’t lose any sleep over Drew’s death. What’s worse, Todd took Drew’s tarantula and kept it as a pet, as seen in El Camino.
One of the times Hank almost caught Walt, he unknowingly saved his brother-in-law’s life by taking out Tuco Salamanca. The shoot-out went down in the middle of the day at Hector Salamanca’s estate.
Tuco took Jesse and Walt there because he was worried that the two ratted him out to the DEA after he murdered No-Doze. It was a suspenseful episode, to be sure, as multiple core characters could’ve been killed off in the span of a few minutes.
Gus Fring single-handedly murdered the entire cartel with just one tequila bottle right in the middle of a beautiful, sunny day. The man he was after was, of course, the cartel’s leader, Don Eladio, who once upon a time killed somebody Fring held closely to his heart.
By doing so, he almost died of poisoning himself, but, as calculating as he was, he planned for that possibility ahead of time. The medical staff he hired saved his life, as well as the life of his cohorts, and, within days, he resumed his role as New Mexico’s underworld kingpin.
“One Minute” is one of the most memorable episodes of season three. Just before the Salamanca cousins attacked, Hank had given his gun back at the DEA. In the world of Breaking Bad, most attacks happened in the broad daylight, but, fortunately, Gus, who authorized the hit in the first place, had his lackey Victor tip Hank off just in time.
Against all odds, Marco, one of the two cruel Salamanca cousins, was shot in the head by Hank in the middle of a parking lot. Leonel died shortly after in the hospital after being poisoned by Mike.
Gustavo Fring died when he came to visit Hector in a nursing home. He didn’t sneak in after visiting hours, though—that just wasn’t his style. He was a man who hid in plain sight, after all. However, Gus was blinded by his hatred for Hector and didn’t realize that he was walking into a fatal trap.
At the end of the day, Gustavo died because of pride. He just couldn’t let the past go. At that point, Hector’s existence was outright miserable, but the Los Pollos Hermanos proprietor just couldn’t let him be.
Combo died as a result of Walt pressuring Jesse to expand their territory. He was shot by Andrea’s little brother, who was already dealing drugs at the age of eleven.
Tomas rode up to Combo, pointed a gun at him, shot him, and rode away. It happened in the middle of the day, but nobody was there to see it happen—at least, nobody who was brave enough to tell the police.
Hank died in the season five “Ozymandias,” right after he finally caught up with Walt and arrested him. What he didn’t know, though, is that Walt had called Jack Welker and his men to come to his rescue beforehand. Even though Walt called the attack off, the men still showed up and killed both Gomez and Hank. He went out like a true hero. His last words are among his best quotes: “Do what you’re gonna do.”
What makes no sense about the whole scene is that Walt just kind of forgot that the men were probably on their way anyway. The last season was a bit of a letdown as far as writing is concerned.