'Breaking Bad': 10 Most Memorable Murders

Meth is the product, but blood is the fuel that powers Walter White's drug empire

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Don Eladio and the Cartel (Season 4, Episode 10:
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8. Don Eladio and the Cartel (Season 4, Episode 10: "Salud")

The poolside massacre of Gus' old employer and current rival Don Eladio was Breaking Bad gone Godfather – a grand-scale act of operatic violence on a show that usually keeps it simple and squalid. But Gus has always felt like an advanced alien among the bumbling blue-slingers surrounding Walt and Jesse, so the whole poisoned-tequila ruse played beautifully. The culmination of a decades-long revenge scheme against the man who murdered young Gus's partner (the other hermano in the Chicken Brothers business), it raises the idea that everything Gus did – even the very act of going into business with Walt, the man responsible for the death of cartel honcho Hector Salamanca's nephew, in the first place – was designed to get him to this moment. (Walt himself would orchestrate a similarly Corleonesque massacre soon enough, ordering simultaneous hits on members of Gus and Mike's network throughout the New Mexico prison system.)

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