1. Season 5 Episode 9 — “Tread lightly”
Number one iconic moment in Breaking Bad? Tread. Motherfuckin'. Lightly. Who knew two words could be so damn powerful. I mean, this is the face-off we’ve all been waiting for: Hank vs. Walt. Good vs. Evil. Hank finally knows what Walt is and confronts him about it.
What makes this scene so powerful is that although Hank finally knows who Walt is, he still doesn’t even realize the extent of what Walt has done. “Tread lightly” means so much more than just “be careful.” It’s Walt telling Hank that he has no idea what he’s up against. The way Bryan Cranston changes his voice when he says “tread lightly” is unnerving. After watching it time and time again, there’s no denying that this is the most iconic moment in the entirety of Breaking Bad.
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