Vince Gilligan started Breaking Bad as just an another TV show for entertainment purposes and didn’t expect much from it. But today, it has become a Television phenomenon and mostly everyone’s favourite. The show follows the events of Walter White aka Heisenberg’s life from the first episode to the last but that’s not the only amazing character we see in the AMC show, it has a number of characters. Some you love and some you love to hate. A Breaking Bad fact is that Vince Gillian had a different story arc in his mind regarding two major characters.
You may have heard that season one of Breaking Bad was originally planned to have nine episodes but due to the WGA writers strike, it had to be just 7 episodes in the first season of Breaking Bad. Well, did you know that Heisenberg’s sidekick Jesse Pinkman and his brother in law were both supposed to die in the last episodes of season one if it were to have 9 episodes? I’m guessing you’ve heard about Jesse but not Hank. Well, both were planned to be killed off in the first season.
Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman and Dean Norris’ Hank Schrader served as the primary and important characters in morphing the story arc of Breaking Bad. Imagining the show without them is nearly impossible. Creating a better storyline without these characters is also nearly impossible. Many of Gilligan’s orignal plans were changed due to the WGA writers strike. After filming the second episode of season one, he dropped the idea of killing Jesse and Hank.
His plan was to show that even the major characters aren’t safe in the show, especially the protagonists. Jesse would’ve died in a botched drug deal possibly killed by Tuco or his men. And Hank would’ve been killed by either the Salamancas or maybe Gus Fring using Mike as the assassin.
Well, after the death of these two, Breaking Bad would’ve been like a race. Walter White trying to get the best of his rival Gustavo Fring, trying to build a better ‘Empire Business’ than Gustavo Fring. Maybe characters like Todd and the white supremacists would’ve been introduced earlier than their introduction in Season 5. And some other officer would’ve replaced Hank. Maybe, Steven Gomez because he was a good friend of Hank and possibly trying to get revenge against Hank’s killers.
But picturing a Breaking Bad storyline better without the characters like Hank Schrader and Jesse Pinkman is impossible. It was more thrilling seeing a Tom and Jerry play between two family members. Hank Schrader met his fate in Ozymandias which was one of the most tragic deaths in TV history. For the Breaking Bad fans, fact is that Vince Gillian dropping the idea of killing Jesse and Hank was a boon.