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The Best Friendship In Breaking Bad According To Fans

Between the years of 2008 and 2013, there was arguably not a series on the air more beloved, or obsessed over, than AMC's white-knuckle crime drama "Breaking Bad." And in truth, not many shows have encouraged such a fevered fandom in the near decade since "Breaking Bad" aired its series finale. That has a lot to do, no doubt, with the fact that Vince Gilligan has continued to expand the world of "Breaking Bad" in both a hit spin-off series — that being "Better Call Saul" — and a follow-up film in "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie."

Gilligan's world-building ambition aside, the focus of the "Breaking Bad" realm remains the often ghastly criminal activities of folks in the New Mexico underworld. And those criminal misdeeds indeed encouraged quite a bit of tenuous partnering between all manner of nefarious sorts over the series' five season run. 

Genuine friendships, on the other hand, were exceedingly hard to come by in the brutalist "Breaking Bad" narrative. In fact, most of the "partnerships" forged throughout ended either in bloodshed and backstabbing. There was one legit friendship in "Breaking Bad," however, that fans simply could not get enough during its small screen tenure. 

Breaking Bad fans love the Jesse and Skinny Pete pairing

According to a 2020 Reddit thread, the best friendship in the "Breaking Bad" realm belonged to Jessie Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Skinny Pete (Charles Baker). That friendship was indeed the focus of u/A_Dn4n's thread opening post which proclaimed their relationship more pure than Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) infamous blue creation. And if you witnessed the culmination of the Jesse-Skinny Pete love in the pair's parting moments in "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," you know it's hard to argue.

Those moments, of course, found Skinny Pete going way above and beyond in trying to help Jesse make a clean getaway after Walt violently freed him from his neo-Nazi captors. As it was, that moment really was one of the most genuinely touching that passed between any two characters in the "Breaking Bad" narrative. Fellow fans were quick to acknowledge both the tender-hearted beauty of the moment and the friendship which spawned it, with u/ktfine posting, "The best part of El Camino," and u/Brianceilingfan offering a very Skinny Pete-ish, "Facts yo."

For u/BaronKorbyyn, who posted "We all need a friend like Skinny Pete," the man's actions in — and leading up to — that moment make him the sort of friend everyone deserves. Indeed, Skinny Pete is the sort of pal we should all aspire to be. And we can't help but think that there's something to be said for admiring the friendship he shares with Jesse — minus all the shady criminal activity, naturally.