A Word About Walt, Jr.

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Walter White is a name that inspires a wide variety of conflicting emotions, thanks to its association with one of the most dynamic characters ever written for television.  Lest we forget, however, it’s a name that is shared by another character, one who is often overlooked amongst the gallery of more colorful personalities that surrounds […]

For Whom the Bell Tolls

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On Breaking Bad, even the stone cold killers have a heart. And through that heart pumps the blood of family. For Tio Salamanca, family, whether dead or alive, inspired the willpower to live regardless of his post-stroke wheelchair-bound state. Of all the darkly humorous and bizarre characters of Breaking Bad, Tio takes the cake. His […]

Walter White: Power Addict

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Walter White, aka The Great Heisenberg, is an addict.  Not a drug addict, of course; he may be the manufacturer of the highest-quality methamphetamine on the market, but he never touches the stuff himself, as we all know. Despite this fact, he is an addict, nonetheless.  Even if his own unbelievably pure, crystal blue product […]

A Farewell to Mike

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Before we plow ahead into the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, it seems like a good time to pause and say a fond farewell to a character who will not be continuing with us. I’m referring, of course, to clean-up expert, hired gun, and business advisor Mike Ehrmantraut, whose exit at the end of […]

Nine Out of Ten Ain’t Bad

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As season 5.5 of Breaking Bad quickly approaches, and with the promise of an even further downward spiral for Walter White, I have to wonder…are there any sins left for this broken man to commit? To explore this, let’s take an inventory of Walt’s crimes and misdemeanors via The Ten Commandments: 1. Thou shalt not […]

Could Hank “Break Bad”?

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In a recent interview, actor Dean Norris- better known as Hank Schrader- revealed that he put in a request with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to have his character killed off.  Gilligan denied the request, of course, saying that with Hank gone, “what would I write about for the last eight?”  Given the discovery that […]

Breaking Bad: A Tragedy in Five Seasons

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When I first saw the poster for the fifth season of Breaking Bad, featuring Walt enthroned in the middle of his “fat stacks” with the caption “All Hail the King,” I saw it as confirmation of something I had suspected for some time: the story of Walt’s rise to power is a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy. […]

A Special 2013 Christmas Episode

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Well, the show is over… But what if you were given the opportunity to write your own Breaking Bad Christmas episode and all cast and crew were asked to commit to the moment? What have you always wanted to see in a scene? Or perhaps it’s not a what but a who? What if you […]

Breaking Bad: What Makes a Criminal?

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One of the things that makes Breaking Bad such an amazing show is its ability to make its audience sympathize with the bad guy.  All of our favorite characters are criminals, and the main reason we love them so much is because we’ve seen both sides to each of them.  We’ve watched Walter transform from […]

How Justified is Walt in all He’s Done?

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When it comes to “breaking bad,” is there ever any justification for falling over the edge and beyond the point of no return?  Is Walt still a good man who’s fallen into some bad decisions, or is he officially a hardened criminal with not a redeeming quality left to his character? In the series’ beginning, […]