Breaking Bad is still considered one of the greatest television shows of all time. Many ingredients made the show a masterpiece, one of which was the complex relationship between Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Their relationship was beautiful, messy, and twisted. As a team, they worked well together, yet were also incredibly dysfunctional. Smart writing and impeccable performances by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul made their relationship and all its nuances feel authentic.
To celebrate and reconcile the core relationship that held Breaking Bad together, it’s the perfect opportunity to look at the best scenes shared by these characters.
A Deal Is Struck
The first scene between Walt and Jesse in the pilot episode is also one of their best. Walt confronts his old student after seeing him nearly busted by the DEA, but agrees to not turn Jesse in as long as he partners with Walt to make crystal meth. The scene does a great job highlighting the fundamental differences between Walt and Jesse while also showing the spark between them, and a hint that this crazy scheme might actually work.
As Walt says, Jesse knows the business, and he knows the chemistry. The audience also gets their first glimpse of Walt’s manipulative side as he essentially blackmails Jesse into working with him. It’s the foundation of all the craziness that ensues.