VERY FEW series end in a way that honors the characters, but also the writing that came before. Vince Gilligan and everyone involved in “Breaking Bad” deserve applause and deep respect for the way they ended a series that will go down in television history as one of the best rides ever.
If you have to go, go out on top. In a stunning 75-minute extended finale, Vince Gilligan brought Breaking Bad to a supremely fitting close, tying up all the loose ends in his modern classic AMC series and killing off his now iconic anti-hero Walter White. And he did so in a way that confirmed Bad’s status as one of TV’s greatest series “” and star Bryan Cranston as one of America’s best actors. [USA Today]
The entire trajectory of Walter White’s character pointed to a crash, but any viewer knew it couldn’t be as lame as having cancer kill him. White would die on his own terms, was the feeling I had, which began one weekend when I binged on “Breaking Bad” and immersed myself in the storyline.
Then there was White’s relationship to Jesse, who always called him Mr. White. Father – son, partners, enemies, and in it together, at no time did you get the sense that Walter would ever bring harm to him in any physical way, though the emotional damage was tantamount to an abusive parent.
Protecting Jesse as he destroyed all the bad guys who dared to trade on his legacy, something he finally admitted he was proud of to his wife, which she could accept, was such a brilliant crafting of plot line and what we don’t see often. The care to honor the heart of the story, the characters and the emotional lives of these people who became such a part of the American experience.
Vince Gilligan delivered what it takes to make a series worthy of people buying the DVD collection, especially if you’ve been on the ride from the beginning.
The only thing left to say to the creators and cast is BRAVA. Every episode from beginning to the final frame was spectacular television drama. I’d watch it all again.
Walt’s unplanned self-sacrifice in shielding Jesse from the bullet not only exposed what humanity was left in Walter White, but underlined the significance of their relationship, no matter how fractured. “[When] he hears that the blue meth is still out there, that Jesse is still cooking, it’s like, “˜That bastard! He convinced them to be a partner with him, he’s still cooking! I’ll kill everybody!'” says Cranston. “And then when I see him, the shred of humanity left in Walter White is exposed at that moment and he acts. So if there’s any redeeming quality to him from the standpoint of the audience, it’s that moment. He even allows Jesse to kill him. Jesse has the gun and he points at me, and he says, “˜You want this?’ And I go, “˜Yeah. I think it’s fitting. Go ahead. You need to do it, go ahead. It’s okay.’ And then he says, “˜If you want this, then do it yourself. I’m not going to do it for you.’ At least there was some conclusion to their association. Their friendship did matter. And it was because of that history and friendship, that was the basis of his impulsivity. Because otherwise it would just be, “˜Jesus, look at that guy, that poor bastard,’ but I’m not going to risk my life for some stranger. There is more than familiarity. It’s deep-rooted. And it’s so true. Because sometimes you don’t know the depth of what you feel until you’re tested. That’s why I think it’s a satisfying ending. It’s still true to Walter White. Because he always possessed that. But it’s not saccharine sweet. It’s not done out of “˜Ohhh, Jesse.’ It’s just “¦ “˜Jesus.’ If anything, it makes me hate Jack even more for his brutality.”