All art is an act of creation. Perhaps that's why fans find scenes of destruction in art to be the most memorable. These destructive scenes affect the audience on two levels: When a set is destroyed onscreen, it means the destruction of both a location in the world of the show and the destruction of a piece of that show's history.
From historical shows to gritty dramas, these TV shows have all featured memorable scenes where important sets were destroyed or badly damaged.
Blowing up the superlab, "Breaking Bad"One of the most memorable scenes in "Breaking Bad" takes place in "Face Off," when Walt rescues Jesse at the superlab. After killing Gus and his henchmen, Walt and Jesse work together to destroy the superlab and all traces of their time there.
After disabling the sprinklers, they spill gallon after gallon of solvents onto the floor and rig a timer to create a spark. The ensuing conflagration causes the destruction of the superlab, which was the scene for many amazing episodes of the series, including "Fly."
Thomas destroys his black market goods, "Downton Abbey"In Season 2, Thomas trades his life savings for a stash of black market foodstuffs. With rationing making even basic food hard to come by, Thomas hopes to turn a tidy profit by selling his groceries. With the profits, he could leave service behind for good.
But when he learns that his bags of flour contain plaster dust and his candied fruits are inedible, he flies into a rage and destroys all of the food in his shed in an intense, devastating scene. The shed, which had previously been a symbol of hope and prosperity, instantly changed into a symbol of failure.
Glen Bishop pranks the Francis home, "Mad Men"While the mayhem the Glen bestows on the Francis household isn't permanently damaging, it leaves a major mark on Betty. Glen and one of his friends break into the Francis home and trash the kitchen, smearing jelly and cereal into the countertop and tossing eggs at cabinets. Seeing the kitchen defaced in such a way deeply disturbs Betty…and it shocked many fans, as well!
Elena burns down the house, "The Vampire Diaries"After Elena is turned into a vampire at the beginning of Season 4, her character undergoes some major changes. Most shockingly, after her brother is murdered, she turns off her humanity and rejects everything in her life that reminds her of the carefree girl she used to be. She even goes so far as to burn down her childhood home, incinerating all of the memories of living there with her brother, her aunt, and her parents.
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