Why Did One ‘Breaking Bad’ Actor Want His Character to Die?

by | February 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM | Breaking Bad

Dean Norris of "Breaking Bad" (Getty Images Entertainment)


Dean Norris, who plays DEA Hank Schrader on AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” recently wanted out of the show so badly, he asked the writers to kill off his character.

Considering his role, where he plays the brother-in-law of main character Walter White on the series and finally discovered his in-law is an outlaw, the timing seems odd for a creative suicide.

“I called [series creator] Vince [Gilligan] and I said, ‘Hey man, maybe Hank should die in the first eight. Wouldn’t that be a great ending?’ ” Norris said in an interview with The National Post.

The reason was the Norris had landed the leading role in a sitcom pilot and he wanted to move on to the new series. However, he was later forced to withdraw from the pilot after AMC opted to split the final 16 episodes into two separate years. The only way to make it work would have been if his character died early on.

“He said no in his nice Southern way: ‘I need you, what else am I going to write about in the last eight?’” Norris explained. “So I said, ‘Oh, f–king right,’ and really I couldn’t force him to do it because I have a contract I’d have to get out of but I asked him very seriously to kill me.”