Breaking Bad is back, and once again we’re thrust into the criminal underworld of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where being a killer is kind of a given, and it’s nothing more than how guilty they feel that separates likable characters from black-hearted villains. With the show promising to complete Walter White’s journey from beaten down science teacher to evil meth kingpin before the end of the season, this seems like a good time to check in on each character’s moral compass. From painfully naïve Walter Jr. to major players in the southwest’s drug trade, we rank Breaking Bad characters from least to most morally reprehensible, after the jump.
Walter White, Jr.
After four seasons, Walt and Skyler’s cerebral palsy-afflicted teenage son remains a puzzlingly under-developed character. Absent for episodes at a time, he shows up once in a while to emphasize how far his dad (and later his mom) have strayed from their original middle-class lifestyle, briefly changing his name to “Flynn” when he’s unhappy with his namesake’s behavior, starting a “Save Walter White” website (that later becomes a handy money-laundering tool) to raise money for his father’s cancer treatment, and cheering on Walt’s fabricated gambling habit because he hopes it will earn him a sweet ride. While he can be selfish and greedy — and he’s always bugging someone to make him breakfast — Walt Jr. is Breaking Bad’s one true innocent, a character whose transgressions never amount to anything more than standard teenage selfishness.