The first season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on January 20, 2008 and concluded on March 9, 2008. Season one was to consist of nine episodes, but was reduced to seven by the writer’s strike.
- Bryan Cranston as Walter White
- Anna Gunn as Skyler White
- Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
- Dean Norris as Hank Schrader
- Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader
- RJ Mitte as Walter White, Jr.
Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, learns he has terminal lung cancer. Desperate to secure the financial future of his family (his wife Skyler is pregnant, his son Walter Jr. has cerebral palsy) the 50-year-old leaves his second job at the car wash and teams up with a former student named Jesse to make and sell meth.
“You know the business. I know the chemistry,” he tells his new partner, who declares Walt “a damn artist” after sampling the first batch cooked in their Winnebago/mobile-drug-lab.
The first season begins the downfall of Walter White. The drama doesn’t have the pacing of a crime series, it’s slower, like an evolving drama. But by the end we can see the tracks laid down for what must conclude with the death of Walter. We just don’t know when (and by what means).