So I’m finally up-to-date with Breaking Bad and in preparation for Sunday’s mid-season finale, I thought it worthwhile to reflect on the legacy Walter White has created… in less than a year.
Yes, that’s right: these four and a half seasons have spanned across roughly a year in the Breaking Bad world. In between birthdays 50 and 51, Walt has been diagnosed with cancer, gone into remission, been complicit in a junkie’s death – subsequently causing two planes to crash into one another, has indirectly and directly murdered many men both guilty and innocent, opened a car wash and bought and trashed some spiffy cars (all while upholding the biggest reputation in the American methamphetamine trade). I like to think of myself as keeping fairly busy all the time and achieving as much as I can in as short a time as possible. But Walt puts me to shame (though I guess I don’t aspire to cook and sell meth) and if the opening of season 5 alludes true, Walt is going to make it to 52. With the current temporality of the show, Breaking Bad could consequently go for at least nine seasons but methinks we might see a ‘one year later’ happen. After all, what’s something new left for the producers to come up with?
I finally got round to watching the season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad today (15 minutes of it anyway). It’s great to see our arguably greatest anti-hero of the small screen, Walter White, back in action for the last time…
… though it’s not really the last time with the fifth and final season split into two parts over two years. Why not just call it the fifth and sixth seasons instead of going all Sopranos on us?
That being said, AMC have done a good thing on calling it quits for Breaking Bad at the end of this season. It’s one of my favourite shows of all time but all good stories must come to an end and I would hate to see a great show lose the plot because of a production company’s lust for money (see Weeds). The climax of Breaking Bad season 4 would suggest Walt’s ticked off just about everything on the list of number one badass things to do when you’re a chemistry teacher turned meth cook and AMC have rightfully called it time to pack up his lab.