Yes, I came late to the Breaking Bad party, but once I was hooked I was hooked to a fanatical degree. And like so many of my friends, I watched the series finale live last night. And a comment about it was the first thing I heard when I walked into the KFI newsroom this morning.
So I guess that means I need to post a Breaking Bad blog.
I thought the finale was just about perfect. Was it better than “Ozymandias,” the third-to-last episode? No. No episode could be. That one was simply the single best episode of any TV show ever. There’s no way it could be topped, and I wasn’t expecting it to be.
But I loved that creator Vince Gilligan didn’t leave us with any hanging chads, no obscure endings or sudden fade-to-blacks and tell us, “Well, you need to decide for yourself what happened.” For that, thank you, Vince. What was even better, the resolutions were satisfying and true to the characters.
The entire plot of the whole series – I say now the best TV series ever made — was summed up in the first episode: Chemistry is about change — the way different elements interact and make things happen.
Going back to watch the pilot again I can see now that the rage, the life disappointment, the self-pity that eventually made Walter White “break bad” was all there BEFORE he went on that fateful ride-along to bust a meth lab with his brother in law, BEFORE he ever met Jesse Pinkman, the catalyst who would eventually result in the creation of Walter’s Heisenberg. Proof? Walt stomping on the leg of the teenager who was making fun of his son, and Walt telling his car wash boss to F off.
It was the cancer death sentence that set Walter White on his course, not Jesse Pinkman. Jesse Pinkman’s meth-cooking just gave him the vehicle.
Best lines in the finale? There were many to choose from. My two favorites, “Elliot, if we’re gonna go that way, you’re gonna need a bigger knife,” and “Cheer up, beautiful people. This is where you get to make it right.”
I’m going to miss this show. But in my mind, I’ve already got a sequel worked up. It goes like this:
In 2013, an ancient Don Draper meets up with Jesse Pinkman, who is still trying to rebuild his life, and asks him, “Hey, wanna make some money?” And so begins the first episode of Breaking Mad.