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The cast of Breaking Bad
There's no weak link in the cast of Breaking Bad, but especially strong performances from Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul elevated the show's final eight episodes and solidified it as one of the greatest dramas of all time. In his career-defining turn as Walter White, Cranston made viewers both empathetic toward and terrified of the cancer victim/meth kingpin. Paul, meanwhile, abandoned all vanity to play the enslaved, broken Jesse, while Gunn's portrayal of trapped wife Skyler angered some viewers, but broke the hearts of even more. And we'd be remiss if we didn't also mention Hank Norris' and Betsy Brandt's tragic performances as doomed couple Hank and Marie, and Jesse Plemons as creepy villain Todd, whose calm, disturbing demeanor was far more frightening than Uncle Jack's Nazi crew.