Bryan Cranston as Walter White staring ahead with his mouth gaping

Walter White Breaks Down

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Warning: this entry contains major spoilers for the television series Breaking Bad.

About

Walter White Breaks Down, also known as Shocked Walter White and Walter White Collapses, refers to a memorable scene from the crime drama television series Breaking Bad in which main protagonist Walter White reacts to the death of his brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank Schrader. Starting in 2017, the scene gained popularity as a shitpost GIF caption on iFunny.

Origin

On September 15th, 2013, episode 14 "Ozymandias" of season five of the Breaking Bad television series premiered.[1] In one scene of the episode, character Walter White reacts to DEA Special Agent Hank Schrader, his brother-in-law who uncovered White's criminal identity, being shot in the head. White reacts to Shrader being killed by collapsing on the ground in despair (scene shown below).



On January 23rd, 2017, Tenor user cali7 posted a GIF based on the scene (shown below, left).[2] While the first user to made a captioned post based on the GIF is unknown, the first viral post based on it was submitted by iFunny user Poap on August 17th, 2017 (shown below, right),[3] with the post being featured on the platform and gaining over 38,500 smiles in two years.


"Watch out, old man! That dirt is a human face magnet!"

Spread

In the following years, the GIF maintained its popularity in shitposts submitted to the platform. For example, an October 20th, 2017 post by iFunny user Pyrocynical received over 120 smiles in two years (shown below, left).[4] A January 16th, 2019, post by iFunny user StoneFree received over 300 smiles in one year (shown below, right).[5]


When I ask my teacher what Femdom Friday is as a joke, but she closes the blinds and locks the door (old man is me) My central nervous system shutting down seconds after a new 5G cell tower becomes active

In late September 2020, the format regained popularity on Twitter and Instagram in the form of video edits.

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White nationalists when they realize their poop is brown Hitler when I go back in time and call him and the SS larp CSGO players when theyre trying to pee but they miss and piss in their mouth because they forgot to learn the spray pattern for their penis
When I learn that The Fourth Of July falls on Friday the 13th this year When I die from Hong Kong police brutality and smell asbestos The entire french army during WW1 when they launch a missile at the enemy trenches but the Germans shout back "loud funny"

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External References

[1] YouTube – Ozymandias

[2] Tenor – Breaking Bad Fall GIF

[3] iFunny – Poap's Post

[4] iFunny – Pyrocynical's Post

[5] iFunny – StoneFree's Post

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