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‘Breaking Bad’: How Walter White turned deadly

Walter White (Bryan Cranston) Skyler White (AnnGunn) Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte) during first seas'Breaking Bad' | PhoCourttesy Doug Hyun/AMC

Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte) during the first season of "Breaking Bad" | Photo Courttesy Doug Hyun/AMC

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Updated: August 6, 2013 9:48PM

Never has a TV character made such a complete — and credible — transformation as Walter White.

Take Mr. Chips and turn him into Scarface. That’s what “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan envisioned when the AMC drama began in 2008.

It’s not a perfect analogy, but it illustrates the metamorphosis Bryan Cranston’s character would undergo as he crossed one moral line after another over five superlative seasons. The first of the series’ eight final episodes starts Aug. 11 with an explosive midseason premiere.

Click “View Gallery” for TV critic Lori Rackl’s look at how Walter White broke bad.

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