Breaking Bad’s Hank was meant to be killed off in series one

SPOILERS! Dean Norris's drug-busting cop almost had a very different demise

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Hank Shrader, Walter White’s drug busting brother-in-law in Breaking Bad, met his end in a grisly, heart-wrenching way when the show was nearly over.

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But creator Vince Gilligan has revealed that Hank, played by Dean Norris, was almost a goner in the first series, and it was only the 2007 Writers strike — which saw thousands of US screen-writers refuse to work for several months — which kept him in our lives until the final few episodes.

“We were writing and shooting and editing in a vacuum, no one had seen the show yet, and I really had the feeling that I needed to throw the kitchen sink at it, that the writers and I needed to get every bit of drama,” said Gilligan on US web show Kevin Pollack’s Chat Show.

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“The writers strike came along, and we didn’t get to do our last two episodes. We had to end our season one with seven episodes instead of nine. Our ninth episode that year, we were seriously leaning toward killing off Hank, Walt’s brother-in-law, in that first season … “