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4. Todd murders the young boy on the dirtbike
Episode: Season 5, Episode 5 ("Dead Freight")
The casting of Jesse Plemons on "Breaking Bad" was a stroke of genius. Any time you can play against the connections an audience has forged with an actor, it's a good thing, and Plemons registered as such a good guy on "Friday Night Lights" that when I see him, I immediately start smiling. That's how strong an association that show created. Maybe that's why it seemed like such a kick in the stomach when Todd turned out to be such a disconnected, even cold character.
This was the moment that announced that Plemons wasn't playing what we expected, and it justifiably sent Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman into an emotional free fall, but it was also the moment where the show reminded us that Walter White may play at being a monster, and there are times where his Heisenberg persona gets full license to do terrible things, but it always seems like Walter has a goal in mind. Plemons represents a bland-faced evil that is far worse than anything Walter White could conjure up because there is no self-awareness and there is no moral compass. Plemons still comes across as a sweet, polite kid, but thanks to this moment, we know that there is something pitch black lurking inside the guy, something that even Walter White should fear.
Even Walter White should tread lightly.
- Drew McWeeny