Bricking the device isn't the concern, it's your running configuration that can be altered.
If you do decide to skip versions, thoroughly compare your config files before an after. Like the user above said, you will most likely lose some configuration because it is not directly compatible in the new version. Following the recommended upgrade path ensures your configuration is properly updated through each version.
I've jumped firmware versions in the past. It's definitely not recommended, but as long as you are aware of what changed in your config and you go back and correct it, you should be fine.
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