Breaking Bad spoiler alert: The 10 most heart-wrenching moments in Ozymandias

Every single chicken came home to roost all at once in last night's episode. Here are the 10 most shocking moments

Beware! This article will spoil you utterly, so read no further unless you watched the episode titled 'Ozymandias'.

Last night's Breaking Bad was not a rollercoaster ride of emotion - it was a headlong plunge into a bottomless pit of despair. Every minute brought some fresh horror, but here are 10 of the absolute most horrifying moments.

Maybe Hank survives? Oh...

It was cruel enough to see the camera pan across Steven Gomez' lifeless corpse at the end of the gun battle, but Hank's end was a real kick in the teeth. With Walt begging for his brother-in-law's life, the poor abused viewer is led maybe to believe that a DEA agent captured in a shootout with white supremacists might just make it through alive. We are given, in fact, exactly enough hope to hang ourselves with before the man with the swastika neck tattoo puts a bullet through Schrader's head. The fact that he doesn't quite utter his last words is a final indignity.

Walt gives Jesse away

During all this desert palava, it's quite easy to forget that Jesse was present for it too. And after Hank, we need someone to root for, even if he is stranded in the New Mexico desert without a car. But no sooner are we reminded of Jesse's existence, Walt is giving him away. This is Walt's revenge on his erstwhile partner, whom he apparently blames for Hank's death. Well, one of his revenges...

Walt tells Jesse how he let Jane die

Before Jesse is hauled away for a spot of enhanced interrogation at neo-Nazi holiday camp, Walt, in all his unlovely rage and grief, finally lets his protégé in on one of his other big secrets: he was there when Jesse's former girlfriend died of a heroin overdose, and instead of rescuing her from choking on her own vomit, he let her die. This might be Walt's worst ever moment, which is saying something.

Jesse's tortured face

He's seen his victory over Hank thwarted by the world's meanest cavalry, he's been ratted out by a man whom he now knows has left one of his girlfriends for dead and poisoned the son of another, and then he's dumped onto the cold hard floor of an oubliette to await his execution. And that isn't the worst of it for poor old Jesse. The slow turn of his scabbed, brutalised head in that pit is truly spine-chilling. Nearly as spine-chilling as our (and his) realisation that genial old Todd is going to turn him into a meth-slave.

Jesse in chains: Jesse discovers he is to be a 'meth slave' (AMC)  

The photograph

It isn't bad enough that all of the above has happened to poor Jesse, who, let us not forget, had just wanted to sell a bit of crystal meth to his chums. Because his release from the dungeon only happens so he can be chained to the ceiling of a meth lab so he can help Todd make Heisenberg-standard crystal and win the affection of Lydia. Could he refuse? Sure, provided he doesn't mind the photo of his ex Andrea and her son Brock menacingly pinned to the wall of the lab.

Knife fight in a suburban home

This whole scene should count as a heart-wrenching moment. From the point Skylar grabs a kitchen knife and slashes at Walt, to the split-second he's spent kneeling on her chest, weapon poised, to their son's desperate tackle of the dad he thought he knew off his mother's prone form, the entire sequence is tremendous, if a little hard to process considering all earlier depredations.

So if that's hard to process...

Walt, who has already comprehensively given leave of his senses, adds the coup de grace he couldn't manage with his knife by kidnapping his infant child and driving off. It's when she smiles uncertainly out of the window at her despairing mother that really makes this moment so horrible.

Gone baby gone: Skylar despairs as Holly is taken (AMC)  


But even that isn't the worst Holly moment in the episode. No, that dubious accolade goes to the moment that Walt finds himself somewhat manically chuntering baby talk as he changes his daughter's nappies... and she asks for her 'mama'.

Marie's reaction

Hank's wife Marie is perhaps not the most sympathetic of characters in the show. This is quite the masterstroke on the parts of its writers, who have effectively managed to turn the most blameless and ordinary of the main characters into someone everyone dislikes and mistrusts, but when she finally finds out her husband is dead, her slide from elation at his success to utterly defeated sobs would in any other show be the climax. In the context of this episode, it's just one more brutality about which to feel numb.

Walt cracking up as he regains his senses, far too late

Another unforgettable sequence is Walt's final monologue to his wife. At first he seems like he's gone totally off the reservation, growling and threatening and aggrandising, but the second he starts welling up - while maintaining his furious tirade of threats - is the second you see him start to regain his humanity. He's no longer Heisenberg in this scene; he's come out the other side and has regained a modicum of Walt-ness, as he explicitly pins all the blame for his and Skylar's criminal misadventures on himself for the benefit of the listening police. 

Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film Ridley Scott reveals truth behind casting decisions of Exodus
Arts and Entertainment
An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'
filmThe singers widow and former bandmates have approved project
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie are joining the I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! camp
Arts and Entertainment
George Mpanga has been shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice prize
Arts and Entertainment
Roisin, James and Sanjay in the boardroom
tvReview: This week's failing project manager had to go
Arts and Entertainment
Carrie Hope Fletcher
booksFirst video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Arts and Entertainment
Damien Hirst
artCoalition's anti-culture policy and cuts in local authority spending to blame, says academic
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
A comedy show alumni who has gone on to be a big star, Jon Stewart
tvRival television sketch shows vie for influential alumni
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen
tvReview: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the BBC's Saturday night charmer is getting epic
Arts and Entertainment
Image has been released by the BBC
Arts and Entertainment
Will there ever be a Friends reunion?
Harry Hill plays the Professor in the show and hopes it will help boost interest in science among young people
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
A Van Gogh sold at Sotheby’s earlier this month
Arts and Entertainment

MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word

Arts and Entertainment
It would 'mean a great deal' to Angelina Jolie if she won the best director Oscar for Unbroken

Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says

Arts and Entertainment
Winnie the Pooh has been branded 'inappropriate' in Poland
Arts and Entertainment
Lee Evans is quitting comedy to spend more time with his wife and daughter

Arts and Entertainment
American singer, acclaimed actor of stage and screen, political activist and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976), rehearses in relaxed mood at the piano.
filmSinger, actor, activist, athlete: Paul Robeson was a cultural giant. But prejudice and intolerance drove him to a miserable death. Now his story is to be told in film...
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift is dominating album and singles charts worldwide

Arts and Entertainment
Kieron Richardson plays gay character Ste Hay in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks

Arts and Entertainment
Midge Ure and Sir Bob Geldof outside the Notting Hill recording studios for Band Aid 30

Arts and Entertainment
Look out: Broad shoulders take Idris Elba’s DCI John Luther a long way
tvIdris Elba will appear in two special episodes for the BBC next year
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

    Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

    It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
    Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

    Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

    The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
    Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

    Sarkozy returns

    The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
    Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

    Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

    Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
    Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

    Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

    Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
    There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

    In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

    The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
    UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

    UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

    It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
    Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

    Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

    It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
    The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

    Staying connected: The King's School

    The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
    Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

    Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

    Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
    Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

    Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

    The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
    Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

    When two worlds collide

    Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
    Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

    Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

    Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
    Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

    Putin’s far-right ambition

    Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
    Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

    Escape to Moominland

    What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?