This weekend was the series finale of AMC's massively popular crime drama "Breaking Bad," concerning the tragic fall of high school science teacher tuned meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston). A critical and commercial success, "Breaking Bad" is also one of the most grisly and graphic shows on TV. The show's violence can be gory, but it's never gratuitous. The violence is designed to provide a visceral gut punch to complement the series' heavy themes and high emotions.
The show also has a reputation for taking its science seriously. Walter White often relies on his knowledge of chemistry to get himself out of jams, and/or dig himself in further, as the case may be. With the series finale behind us, we spoke about the show's brand of gruesome science with Doug Young, professor of chemistry at the College of William and Mary and an expert in bio-organic and medicinal chemistry.
"For me as a scientist, a lot of shows are hard to watch because of the inaccuracies," Young said. "But I think "Breaking Bad" does a pretty good job with the science." A longtime fan, Young agreed to take a look at five of the show's most iconic and grisly character deaths, and discuss the science behind the trauma.