In some "Breaking Bad" spoilers, the most recent episode of the hit AMC show saw the popular character of Hank die in the major shootout that started the show. According to the Hollywood Reporter on Sept. 17, Dean Norris said he nailed the big death scene in one take.
When it comes to a show like "Breaking Bad," there is no way the characters get out in one piece. Much like "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy," the show is a classic Greek tragedy and the main characters are all fated to a tragic demise.
What was most shocking about Hank's death on "Breaking Bad," was it happened before the season finale, and even happened very early on the episode itself. Last week saw the show end with a violent shootout underway, and when it picked up this week, it was Hank who was killed in cold blood by the Aryan gang.
Norris said what was most important to emphasize in the scene was that, not only was Hank dying, but he was also saying goodbye to Walt in the scene. That seems like a tough task, but Norris said he was able to nail it in one take.
Rian Johnson, a Hollywood director brought in to direct the episode, used three cameras on the final close up, which Norris completed in one take. He said there were other angles shot, but he was finished with his big death scene in half a day.
Norris also said that, originally, his death was going to stretch out the entire "Breaking Bad" episode, with him saying goodbye to his wife and making peace. However, they chose instead to have the death happen early and shockingly, what turned out to be a perfect decision.