This article is about the complete chronology of the universe of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. For the timeline of Better Call Saul episodes, see Better Call Saul Timeline. For the timeline of Breaking Bad episodes, see Breaking Bad Timeline.
Fresh out of law school, Howard Hamlin is convinced by his father to join HHM, eventually becoming a senior partner. ("Fifi", "Lantern")
Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Herbert A. Hauptman and Jerome Karle for "for their outstanding achievements in developing direct methods for the determination of crystal structures." Walter White worked on the team and helped conducted research on proton radiography.
Jimmy passes the bar. He approaches Chuck and applies for a position with HHM as an attorney. Chuck declines to hire Jimmy, but conceals this from him, making it appear as though the firm unanimously turned Jimmy down.
Jimmy quits working for HHM, begins a solo law practice
Chuck and Rebecca separate, pending divorce hearings.
Tuco is high, and shoots and kills a distribution partner, "Dog" Paulson, with a sawed off shotgun. A piece of his skull is indented in Nacho's shoulder. ("Off Brand")
Jimmy McGill struggles financially to survive as a underpaid public defender. He must also help his brother, Chuck, who seems to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Jimmy urges Craig Kettleman, the county treasurer accused of embezzling $1.6 million, to hire him. His wife, Betsy, asks for time to think this over.
Jimmy confronts Howard Hamlin, demanding Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill cash out his brother's $17 million share in the firm. Howard refuses, knowing full well that it is not Chuck's will.
The Kettlemans decide to hire HHM rather than Jimmy. Frustrated, Jimmy devises an elaborate scheme with con artist twins Lars and Cal to take revenge on Betsy. The plan turns into a fiasco when the twins choose the wrong target and try to extort Tuco Salamanca's grandmother.
Jimmy and the twins are dragged into the desert, gagged and tied up. Jimmy's lies to save his life and that of the twins exhume Tuco's paranoia.
Nacho Varga intervenes and gets the truth. Tuco unties Jimmy and frees him, but wants the twins' death because they insulted his grandmother.
Jimmy manages to convince Tuco to spare their lives, and talks him down to merely breaking one leg on each of the brothers.
After several days defending clients at the courthouse, and finally winning a case, Jimmy receives Nacho's visit to his small office. Nacho offers a part of the profits for cooperation to find the money stolen by the Kettlemans. Jimmy declines.
In a flashback, Jimmy has been arrested for property damage, assault charges and potentially being labeled a sex offender. At first reluctant, Chuck agrees to help him provided Jimmy put an end to his life as a con artist. Jimmy agrees.
Worried about Nacho's plan, Jimmy anonymously warns the Kettleman that they are in danger. The Kettleman disappear and Nacho is arrested as the main suspect.
Nacho warns Jimmy that if he does not get the charges dropped against him, the police might uncover his connections to Tuco's criminal organization, which would result in Jimmy's death.
Jimmy finds the Kettlemans hiding in the forest near their house, in pocession of the $1.5 million they stole.
In a flashback, Jimmy, using his future alias "Saul Goodman", works with Marco Pasternak to trick another crook into trading cash for fake Rolex watches.
The Kettlemans offer Jimmy a $ 30,000 bribe for his silence, which Jimmy finally accepts as a result of their refusal to hire him as their lawyer. With some of this money, Jimmy buys a billboard advertisement which shares obvious and deliberate similarities with HHM.
At Howard's request, a judge ordered Jimmy to take down the billboard within 48 hours. Jimmy organizes a video plea, calling for sympathy to his situation. During the shooting, Jimmy rescues the worker who had to disassemble the billboard, making him a local hero.
With this new popularity, Jimmy receives many professional solicitations. Chuck ends up discovering that Jimmy organized the accident for his benefit.
While Mike does not trust him anymore and wants to kill her, Lydia saves her life by informing the men of an "ocean" of methylamine in a freight train tanker car that passes through New Mexico each Wednesday.
Walter, Mike and Jesse set a plan to siphon methylamine from the train without anyone noticing it and without a witness, assisted by Vamonos Pest team and Kuby.
As the team celebrates the success of the plan, a child seems to have witnessed the operation. Todd shoots the kid as Jesse yells in protest.
Walter and Todd dissolve Mike's body with hydrofluoric acid.
Walter obtains from Lydia the list of the names of Gus's henchmen and the two team up to distribute the blue meth in the Czech Republic.
Walter hires Todd's uncle, Jack Welker, to have his gang kill all Gus henchmen simultaneously in three different prisons.
Walter's meth operation turns like a clock for several months. Unable to launder so much money, Skyler ends up revealing to Walter the gigantic stack of cash she piled up in a storage unit. Skyler wants her children back and asks him to stop the drug business.
Walter passes an MRI to learn that his cancer is back. He decides to hang up.
Fearing for his life, Jesse is very suspicious when Walter pays him an unexpected visit to give him $5 million.
To celebrate Walter Jr. and Holly's return home, a family meal is organized. Hank finds a copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass autographed to Walter by Gale and understands that Walter is Heinsenberg.
"Blood Money" c. March 3 to March 7 (at least five days)
In a flashforward, Walter drives up to the White residence, which is now fenced-in and derelict. He retrieves the vial of ricin from its hiding spot.
Lydia tries to convince Walter to return to service, due to massive drop in the quality of meth produced after his departure. Walter refuses.
Walter discovers that his copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass has disappeared. Suspecting Hank, Walter checks his car and finds a tracking device.
Walter confronts Hank and understands he is unmasked. Hank hits him, Walter advises him to "tread lightly".
"Buried" c. March 7 to March 9 (at least three days)
Jesse struggles with his guilt. He is arrested by the police after tossing out stacks of money from his car.
Hank informs Skyler of his discovery. Hank being extremely clumsy, Skyler angrily refuse to help him. Marie tries to help but the situation degenerates when Marie tries to get Holly out of Skyler.
Walter buries his barrels of cash in the desert, where Jesse and he cooked meth for the first time.
Skyler understands that Walter's cancer is back. Walter tells her he will turn himself in if she promises to give back the money. Believing that Hank has no evidence, she suggests that they remain silent.
Declan and his men are killed by Jack's gang, acting on Lydia's orders.
"Confessions" c. March 9 to March 11 (at least three days)
Hank offers to help Jesse if he informs on Walter, but Jesse remains silent.
Walter and Skyler give Hank and Marie a very convincing video in which Walter falsely claims that Hank was Heisenberg.
Walter advises Jesse to leave town. Saul swiftly arranges for the extractor to take Jesse away to a new life.
Jesse realizes that Walter poisoned Brock. He storms into Walter's house and begins dousing the living room with gasoline.
"Rabid Dog" c. March 11 to March 13 (at least three days)
Jesse is preparing to set fire to the White's residence. Hank stops him and suggests that the two work together to take down Walter once and for all.
Jesse agrees to cooperate with Hank, who videotapes Jesse's confession.
Hank forces Jesse to meet Walter in a public place. Scared, Jesse changes his mind at the last moment and calls Walter to threaten him.
Walt meets with Jack and contracts with him to kill Jesse. In exchange, Walter has to oversee a few cooks with Todd to improve the quality of the meth.
Jesse makes Walter believe he has found his money and is about to burn it. Walt panics and frantically drives to To'hajiilee. Walter understands that he has been trapped and calls Jack and his gang in reinforcement.
Jesse appears with Hank and Steven Gomez. Defeated, Walter resolves to surrender. Hank calls Marie to share the good news.
Jack and his gang make their appearance and draw their weapons. After a standoff, both sides open fire.
Walter offers Jack $80 million in cash in exchange for Hank's life. Nonetheless, Jack executes Hank. Jack's gang digs up all barrels of cash, leaving one for Walter.
At Todd's suggestion, Jesse is taken prisoner to find out what he has revealed to the DEA before executing it.
Marie informs Skyler that Hank has arrested Walter. Skyler understands that the game is over and reveals the truth to Walter Jr.
Back home, Skyler and Walter Jr. discover Walter preparing the luggage in a hurry. Skyler immediately understands that Hank. Skyler attacks Walter with a knife and Walter Jr. calls the police.
Walter is forced to flee and appealed to Saul's contact to obtain a new identity and disappear. During a call to Skyler that is monitored by the police, he clears Skyler of any involvement in his meth business.
After Heisenberg's real identity is finally exposed, Saul avails himself of the disappearer's services.
After being interrogated by the DEA, Todd threatens Skyler to kill her and her childrens if she talks about Lydia.
Walter relocates to a cabin in New Hampshire with his last barrel of cash as the only luggage. The extractor return monthly to bring him groceries, Albuquerque newspapers and other supplies.
Jesse is held prisoner at the White Supremacist Compound and forced to cook meth for them. He tries to escape, but is caught. As punishment, Jesse is forced to watch Todd murder Andrea.
Several months have passed and Walter is slowly dying of his cancer. He goes to the nearest bar to call Walter Jr. He begs his son to accept the money he will send, but Walter Jr furiously wishes Walter dead.
Walter resigns himself to call the DEA to surrender. While sitting at the bar, he watches Charlie Rose interview Elliott and Gretchen. Both deny Walter has any serious claim to or history with Gray Matter Technologies. The police encircle the bar, but Walter has already left.
Walter goes to the Schwartz residence. Elliot and Gretchen must give Walter's money to Walter Jr. for his 18th birthday. Walter warns them that he hired two hit men to kill them if they failed.
Walter interferes with the usual meeting between Lydia and Todd. He gets an appointment with Jack and replaces Lydia's stevia with ricin.
Walter visits Skyler and says goodbye to his family. He finally admits that he continued his activities in the production of meth for his own satisfaction and his ego, rather than for the benefit of his family.
Walter meets Jack and his gang at the White Supremacist Compound. He triggers the M60 machine gun which he has jury rigged in the trunk of his car. Only Jesse, Todd, Walter and Jack survive. Jesse strangles Todd to death. Walter shoots Jack in the head.
Walter offers Jesse revenge by killing him, but Jesse sees that Walter is fatally wounded and refuses.
When Lydia calls Todd, Walter responds and reveals that he has poisoned her with ricin, signing his death warrant.
Jesse and Walter share one last look of gratitude before Jesse escapes in Todd's car, crying in joy.
As the police lights approach in the distance, Walter walks into the compound's meth lab which contains his old empire's industrial chemical equipment. Walter succumbs to his gunshot wound and is found dead by a group of police officers, ironically, in the same place where he most and last felt alive.
El Camino Timeline
After the four days out, Jesse and Walter have a discussion about occupations in the diner, and Walter suggests business.
Jesse and Jane have a discussion about what Jane said about "go where the universe takes you."
Jesse and Mike talk about leaving town, and Mike suggests that Jesse goes to Alaska.
Neil Kandy is strengthening the constraints in the meth lab for Jesse after his failed attempt to escape the compound. When Neil says he's finished, he is challenged by Kenny, and they toss Jesse back and forth with the constraint like a swing to make sure that it is strong enough.
Jack and his gang go out to Elephant Butte for the weekend, leaving Todd to watch Jesse.
Todd brings Jesse to his apartment, where he reveals that he killed a cleaning lady named Sonia for finding his drug money.
Todd drives out to the desert and has Jesse bury Sonia, and they have a small memorial before Jesse finds a gun in Todd's glove compartment, which he points at Todd. However, Todd is able to save himself by offering Jesse pizza and beer.
At the DEA Office, the DEA questions Skinny Pete on the whereabouts of Jesse, but he doesn't let up (offscreen; teaser).
That night, Jesse drives to Todd's apartment, now a crime scene, to look for Todd's money. While looking, he sees a news broadcast of his parents asking him to turn himself in.
September 9, 2010
After looking for Todd's money all night, Jesse finally finds it in the morning, but two cops walk into the apartment right away and have an exchange with Jesse until it is revealed that they are not cops, but instead welders Neil and Casey, who built the meth lab Jesse was forced to cook in, though he doesn't realize it until he sees Neil's truck as Neil has a different look. Jesse bribes them and they come up with a deal where they each get a third.
Now that he has the money, Jesse goes to Ed the Disappearer to try to get a new life, but Ed tells him that he is short $1800.
That night, Jesse calls his parents to get them to leave the Pinkman household and breaks in, steals two guns, and looks through the yellowpages for the location of Kandy Welding Co., so that he can get Neil to give him $1800.
September 10, 2010
In the early morning, Neil, Casey and some employees of Kandy Welding Co. are holding a party at the welding compound. Clarence drops off some prostitutes and when they leave, Jesse walks in and tells Neil that he needs $1800, but Neil challenges him to a dual in which the winner takes it all. Jesse kills both Neil and Casey and threatens the employees, before blowing up the compound to hide the evidence.
Jesse pays Ed and tells him that he wants to go to Alaska, following Mike's advice. (offscreen)
~approx. two weeks later
After setting up Jesse's new identity and a long roadtrip, Ed drops him off at a viewpoint in Alaska, near the town of Haines. Ed quizes Jesse, now Mr. Driscoll, on his new identity before Jesse gets in the SUV and drives off.
Post-Breaking Bad Timeline
Gene (Saul/Jimmy's pseudonym) is working as manager in a Cinnabon in a shopping mall in Omaha, Nebraska. In his home, Gene is nostalgic for his past life and watches an old VHS cassette of Saul Goodman's commercials. ("Uno")
Locked in the trash room of the mall where he works, Gene prefers to wait for someone to release him despite the late hour, rather than alert the police by using the emergency exit. ("Switch")
Gene collapses from the stress at the Cinnabon, after taking the risk of advising a thief, who had just been arrested by the police beforehand, to call a lawyer. ("Mabel")
At a hospital, the exiting nurse alarms Gene by asking about his Social Security information before she realizes she has mistyped the numbers. In his taxi, Gene spots an Albuquerque Isotopes air freshener hanging from the cabbie's rear-view mirror and notices the cabbie staring intently at him. ("Smoke")
In the flashback at the beginning of "Inflatable", we can see magazines whose cover is dated August 1973, including the Time dated August 20. In an interview, Thomas Schnauz indicates that Jimmy is like 9 years old in this flashback. This places Jimmy's birthdate in 1964.
Jimmy's (Gene's) position at the Cinnabon was alluded to in Breaking Bad episode "Granite State".
The Post-Show Timeline is only shown during the opening scene of each season premiere episode of Better Call Saul. These brief scenes show what happened to Jimmy following the events of Breaking Bad after he disappears under Ed's disappearing program.