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Albuquerque embraces ‘Breaking Bad’ with funeral for Walter White

A recently deceased drugs kingpin who founded a multimillion-dollar methamphetamine empire was receiving an unexpected send-off on Saturday, with an elaborate funeral supported by politicians and city officials and a guard of honour provided by the police. Walter White’s final farewell in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was even set to be…

‘Breaking Bad’ can’t be art: Thoughts on the first truly naturalist television narrative

A few weeks after the finale of Lost, Chad Post attempted to defend it by claiming that its nonsense was the stuff of art. “What’s interesting,” he argued, “is how these six seasons functioned as … a great work of art [that] leaves things open to interpretation, poses questions that…

‘Breaking Bad’ anti-hero Walter White gets spoiler-filled obituary in Albuquerque newspaper

A group of die-hard “Breaking Bad” fans have posted an obituary notice for the show’s anti-hero Walter White in a local paper in New Mexico, made famous by the cult series. David Layman, coincidentally a science teacher like White, was among 10.3 million viewers who tuned in to last weekend’s…

‘Breaking Bad’: A Tragic Gay Love Story

Sunday night’s Breaking Bad finale was incredible. It was the first time my sympathy for Walter White outweighed my anger toward him. I teared up when I saw him talk to Skylar for the last time, look at his daughter for the last time and see his son for the…

Who Are Walter White’s Predecessors?

After seeing some debate about whether or not Walt was punished enough by the end of Breaking Bad, and so I thought I’d throw out a few predecessors from literature, to at least clarify what kind of story that Vince Gilligan was telling. I believe, in the end, that it…

Breaking Bad Recap: S5E16, “Felina”

How did they do it? For five seasons, Walter White has become an increasingly despicable character, one who thinking members of the audience want to see fail and pay for his crimes. (Bad Fans, per Emily Nussbaum, excepted.) Sure, even the anti-Walt camp got caught up in things like the…

Game of Thrones author: Breaking Bad’s ‘Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone’ on Game of Thrones

Responding to this week’s episode of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin wrote that the former school-teacher turned meth kingpin, Walter White, “is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros.” “I need to do something about that,” he added. The latest episode of the acclaimed AMC drama,…

Male Antiheroes And Love For Bewitched

I was prepared to strongly disagree with Tom Carson’s take on the role of the middle-aged white guy antihero phenomenon of prestige TV. And I do think he overstates his case, wildly underestimating how much criticism of their protagonists is built into these shows. Both Don Draper and Walter White…

‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan on the series’ end: ‘There will be blood’

Why viewers still identify with Walter White, his plans for a Saul Goodman spin-off – and why it’s time to end the hit series now. By John Plunkett It was described by one television executive as the worst idea for a show he had ever heard. Now Breaking Bad, the…

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