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Don't skimp on family, that's what I always say.
~ Jack Welker

Jack Welker is a major antagonist in Breaking Bad, serving as the main antagonist of the second half of season 5, as well as the final antagonist of the show, and the posthumous overarching antagonist of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. He is the leader of a White Supremacist gang, the uncle of Todd Alquist and a hitman for drug distributor Walter White.

After Walter drops out of the meth business, he attempts to replace him by stealing meth lab equipment and having his nephew cook, but to no avail. After Walter demands him to assassinate Jesse Pinkman, he would have the former working for them as their cook.

After "rescuing" Walter by killing Hank Schrader in a desert, he takes in most of Walt's remaining drug money and kidnaps Jesse as a cook slave. He spared Walt, but the latter ended up being a fugitive. For the past six months, he and Todd have been successful with Lydia Rodarte-Quayle's distribution, until all three of them and the whole gang were murdered by Walter as revenge.

He was portrayed by Michael Bowen, who also played Matches Malone in Gotham.

Biography

Jack first appears when Walt requests he arrange the murder of nine prison inmates, who are witnesses to Walt's involvement with Gustavo Fring, within a 2 minute window spanning several different prisons. Despite Jack's original skepticism of the plans' success, he accomplishes the task.

Later, he personally takes part in the murder of New Mexico meth kingpin Declan and his associates, at the instruction of Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, so as to make Todd the sole meth cook and to take over Declan's territory.

He and his gang later get involved in a shootout with federal agents Steven Gomez and Hank Schrader, just as the two agents were about to arrest Walt, in the middle of the desert. The shootout results in Gomez's death and Hank badly wounded. Walt pleads for Hank's life, but Jack brutally executes Hank with a shot to the head and then proceeds to steal most of Walt's fortune, leaving him only a fraction of what he had accumulated through his vast drug empire. Jack and Todd also take Jesse Pinkman, Walt’s former partner in the meth operation, as a slave to cook their meth in their own private lab. They ensure his cooperation when Todd murdering Jesse's ex-girlfriend in front of him and threatening to do the same to her son should he not fully comply. Jack and Todd then threaten Walt's wife Skylar and their youngest child Holly, should she reveal any information about them or Lydia to the police.

Walt eventually emerges from hiding after being the subject of a nationwide manhunt. He contacts Todd and sets up a meeting with Jack and his gang, seemingly to discuss business. Once Walt is cleared to drive up to their main clubhouse in their hidden compound, Jack greets him inside and reveals that he intends to kill Walt, as he is too much of a liability and of no real use to them. Walt taunts him and accuses him of "partnering" with Jesse to make meth, which angers Jack for this in effect attacking his integrity. Jack then has Todd bring Jesse into the room to show Walt what he has turned Jesse into, essentially a beaten and broken slave. However unbeknownst to Jack, Walt had smuggled in a remote controlled M60 machine gun in the trunk of his car. Walt then proceeds to tackle Jesse to the floor and activate the weapon, which wounds Jack and kills all of his men, except Todd. As Jack attempts to crawl away from the carnage, Walt picks up a a pistol from one of the fallen gangsters and aims it at him. Jack attempts to persuade Walt to let him live so he can tell him the location of the rest of his money, but before he can finish his proposition Walt coldly shoots him in the head, killing him.

Trivia

  • He is the second last person to die onscreen in the Breaking Bad series and the third last death in the series overall (Lydia dies offscreen in hospital after Walt as seen in El Camino).
  • Jack dies the same way as his victim Hank Schrader, via gunshot to the head mid sentence. However, unlike Hank who accepted his fate calmly, Jack begged for his life rather pitifully, showcasing him as dirty coward when he was not in a position to threaten and intimidate his foes.
  • He is shot dead with a Browning Hi-Power, the same pistol he used to execute Hank.

Navigation

            BreakingBadLogo.png Villains

Main
Walter White | Jesse Pinkman | Gustavo Fring | Mike Ehrmantraut | Hector Salamanca | Saul Goodman

Season 1
Tuco Salamanca | Krazy-8 | Emilio Koyama | No-Doze

Season 2
Tuco Salamanca | Hector Salamanca | Spooge | Tortuga

Season 3
Marco and Leonel Salamanca | Hector Salamanca | Gustavo Fring | Victor | Juan Bolsa | Rival Dealers

Season 4
Gustavo Fring | Mike Ehrmantraut | Tyrus Kitt | Victor | Gaff | Chris Mara | Don Eladio | Huell Babineoux | Patrick Kuby | Joaquin Salamanca

Season 5
Jack Welker | Todd Alquist | Lydia Rodarte-Quayle | Kenny | Mike Ehrmantraut

El Camino
Neil Kandy | Casey

Better Call Saul
Lalo Salamanca | Nacho Varga | Tuco Salamanca | Hector Salamanca | Marco and Leonel Salamanca | Gustavo Fring | Juan Bolsa

Organizations
Gus Fring's Drug Empire | Neo-Nazis | Juárez Cartel | Walter White's Drug Empire

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