Warning: Spoiler alert! This post is for those who have watched “Breaking Bad” and know how it ends. For everyone else it will either not make much sense or ruin the ending.
I saw the finale of “Breaking Bad”. Boo!
“Breaking Bad” (2008-2013) is easily one of the ten best shows I have ever seen on television. Up there with “The Twilight Zone”, “Star Trek” and “I’ll Fly Away”. Not only does it have great acting, great writing and great filming – as good as any big-screen Hollywood film – but it is as good as a good book. Instead of returning to the status quo at the end of each hour like most television shows, it uses its 62 one-hour episodes to show Walter White turn, step by step, from high school chemistry teacher and family man to evil drug lord.
Not that the show is without its faults. Like the ending.
I wanted to Walter White to lose everything. EVERY. THING. I wanted all of his actions to have been in vain, to destroy everything and everyone he cared about.
For me the high point of the series came two episodes ago (“Ozymandias”) during the shoot-out in the desert. The moment Uncle Jack, Walt’s neo-Nazi hitman, lowered his gun and chose not to kill Jesse, Walt’s former partner in crime, the show went all mushy. It has not been the same since. Boo!
I wanted Uncle Jack to kill Jesse and take ALL of Walt’s millions. I wanted Walt to come back to town and find his family brutally murdered to within the limits of television broadcast standards. I wanted him to be arrested and thrown in prison. I wanted the doctor to tell him his cancer was gone – death would be too easy. I wanted him to come face to face with everyone his pride, his hubris, his precious meth empire, had destroyed – all the meth heads, all of their children, all of their families.
All right, maybe that is a bit much. Then just have Uncle Jack kill Jesse, kill Walt, take the money, drive off down the road, roll credits.
Instead, instead, this evil, heartless bastard got everything he could have hoped for and more:
- Two years of life – the best doctors said he could hope for when they found his lung cancer.
- $9 million – way more than the $737,000 (51,000 crowns) he said he needed to make for his family before he died. His son now starts life as a millionaire!
- Revenge – none of his main enemies were left standing: Krazy-8, Tuco, the Salamanca brothers, Gus, Lydia, Todd, Uncle Jack, all dead.
- “Live Free or Die” – Walter White never once was put behind bars.
I understand that some fans were for Walter White – he was the “hero”, the point-of-view character, after all. Yet I had faith in Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator: his universe was so wonderfully full of karmic justice: evil always got what it deserved – in the end. That is, until – the end.