"Breaking Bad" has had a lot of shocking moments over the years, but Hank's death last week ranks up there at the top. It wasn't the fact that he died, it was how he died. Marie Schrader, who plays his on-screen wife Betsy Brandt, spoke with the Hollywood Reporter on Sept. 27 about that big death scene.
The death of Hank was supposed to last the entire episode, and he was going to get the chance to call Betsy and set things in place before he died. Things changed in the writing room, and they just brutally, and quickly, killed Hank, giving him no chance to say goodbye.
Schrader said she still hasn't watched the "Breaking Bad" scene where Hank is killed because she said it is too painful for her to witness after years of playing the wife. She then went on to say that she knows their characters live in an imaginary world, but it breaks her heart that he is no longer alive in it.
The final time the two characters spoke, it was through a telephone conversation. She said when they finished shooting that scene, she cried and thanked actor Dean Norris for the wonderful six years they spent as an on-screen married couple.
Schrader, who is now working on "The Michael J. Fox Show," said that she was amazed at the character that Dean Norris brought to life and thought that Hank was a "beautiful character." She said she knew it wasn't possible, but she would have loved a happy ending.
The final episode of "Breaking Bad" airs on Sunday night, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. EST.