Just kill me now and get it over with, because there's no way I'm doing one more cook for you psycho fucks!
|― Jesse Pinkman to the gang after his unsuccessful escape attempt.|
Jack Welker's Gang, also referred to as a White Power Prison Gang, was a criminal group based in New Mexico. While not directly linked to any real-world organizations, they appear to espouse white supremacist or neo-Nazi ideologies, as seen by their swastika tattoos and a few lines of dialogue.
The gang was led by Jack Welker, who was supported by his second-in-command Kenny, as well as Jack's nephew Todd Alquist who also served as the gang's primary meth cook. The group was allied with Lydia Rodarte-Quayle who sold the group's meth to buyers in the Czech Republic. The gang has members both in prison and on the outside, and has a fenced-in compound that serves as a base of operations.
A number of events creating a vacuum in the space of meth manufacturing and distribution led to ascension of Jack's gang to become the most powerful methamphetamine operation in the Southwest at its height. Such events included the destruction of the Cartel at the hands of Gustavo Fring, the destruction of Gus' Drug Empire at the hands of Walter White, White's subsequent retirement from the drug game and his disbanding of his own drug empire, and Lydia's orchestrating the destruction of Declan's organization. ("")
The entire gang would ultimately be destroyed by Walter White for revenge for the gang's murder of DEA Agents Steven Gomez and Hank Schrader and to permanently dismantle the drug empire he once created.
The gang initially met White when he contracted them to arrange the murder of ten of Gus Fring's former employees and associates in three separate jail within a two-minute window. While difficult, the killings go according to plan and all 10 targets are brutally slaughtered. ("")
Following Walter's abrupt retirement from the business, Todd becomes the primary cook, working with Lydia and Declan. Eventually, Declan fires Todd and the purity of the meth fell dramatically, much to Lydia's chagrin. After she was unable to convince Declan to rehire Todd, Lydia formed an alliance with the gang and orchestrated a hit on Declan and his men. The gang stole the remainder of Declan's methylamine, as well as all of his operation's meth-making equipment, and reinstated Todd as the primary cook ("").
Following the gang's expansion into meth production, they were hired by Walter White to murder Jesse Pinkman. In exchange for the hit, Walt reluctantly agrees to one more cook to teach Todd how to produce Blue Sky meth himself. ("") After saving Walt from arrest by murdering Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez, Jack and his men steal almost all of Walt's money buried in the desert, and take Jesse prisoner to serve as their slave cook, and leave Walt stranded in the desert. ("")
Jesse is taken prisoner as a captive in the compound. He is forced to cook meth alongside Todd. During this time he is tortured and beaten, as seen from his numerous scars. After Jesse nearly escapes the compound, Jack has Andrea killed by Todd. Several members of the gang break into the White Residence and intimidate Skyler, warning her to not disclose the fact that she saw Lydia Rodarte-Quayle at the car wash to any law enforcement authorities ("").
After Walt returns from hiding in his New Hampshire cabin, the signs that he is back in Albuquerque prompts Lydia to hire the gang to kill Walt. Walt visits the compound, claiming to want to show them a new formula, but the gang are always planning to kill him. Before they are able to take him out the entire gang was wiped out when Walt activated an M60 machine gun he placed in the trunk of his car, killing most of the gang. Only Jack and Todd survived, but Todd had his neck broken by Jesse using his handcuffs, and Jack was executed by Walt in the same manner he murdered Hank. Immediately afterwards, Todd's phone receives a call from Lydia, and Walt picks up, revealing to her that he had poisoned her with ricin when they met earlier at The Grove. ("")
- Jack Welker, gang leader
- Kenny, second-in-command
- Neil Kandy, owner of Kandy Welding Co., a welding company with connections to the gang.
- Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, manager of the distribution of the meth overseas to the Czech Republic
- Walter White, contracted ten murders in jail to be committed by the gang, and made a deal for them to murder Jesse.
- Jesse Pinkman, slave cook, taken prisoner to help Todd improve the purity of the gang's meth cooking.
- Gus's ten former employees (Murdered within a two minute window across multiple prisons, ordered by Walt with help of the gang):
- Declan (Shot in the head by Jack)
- Declan's nine employees including his cook (Murdered on the orders of Lydia)
- Steven Gomez (Murdered in shoot out)
- Hank Schrader (Shot in the head by Jack)
- Andrea Cantillo (Shot in the head by Todd)
- During the production of Breaking Bad, the producers decided to avoid displaying symbols, with the notable exception of the Swastika associated with real life gangs to avoid any issues with them.
- Talking Bad host Chris Hardwick referred to the group as the Aryan Brotherhood, a real prison gang with neo-Nazi ideologies. Various other news outlets have also used this name, including USA Today, Esquire and Variety.
- Hank Schrader refers to this group as a “White Power Prison Gang.” ("")