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Breaking Bad

Amazing series.  Amazing episode last night.  Talk about a gut punch.

Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros.

(I need to do something about that).

This is the final season of BREAKING BAD.  I think GAME OF THRONES may have a shot at upsetting BB for this year's Emmy (only a shot, though, I think they are the clear favorite), which pits us against their previous season...  but there's no way in hell that anyone is going to defeat BREAKING BAD next year, when their last season is the one in contention.

Admittedly, trying to handicap the Emmys is a mug's game.  You never know.  But for what it's worth, I think this year is our best chance of actually winning one.  Given the splash the Red Wedding made, our profile is likely as high as it is ever going to be.  We had a great season.  If the Academy is ever going to give their ultimate accolade to a fantasy show (something that is by no means certain), it's going to be this year, I think.

But we'll see.  BREAKING BAD, MAD MEN, DOWNTON ABBEY, HOMELAND, and HOUSE OF CARDS will have something to say about that as well.  All good shows, I think.  A couple are great shows.  HOMELAND is the defending champ, MAD MEN's won four, and HOUSE OF CARDS has that whole "gamechanger" thing going for it.  Should be an interesting race.  We'll all know on September 22.


Chris Beasley
Sep. 17th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
I totally agree
That episode was amazing, I think Bryan Cranston solidified another best actor win too. I wonder though if all viewers picked up on why he verbally was berating Skylar over the phone at the end, it wasn't malicious on his part. It was an act for the police, Walter had to be sure she was seen as a victim, not an accomplice. It was the scene that was the most touching for me, him sobbing while putting on that abusive voice. I don't think he was angry with her, despite the knife fight. I think he was just still trying to save his family, even though he knew he could no longer be a part of it.
Brian Crawford
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: I totally agree
Yeah, and during the call I felt Skylar understood he was performing for the police, and realized she might have made a mistake when she said "sorry".

It is funny that i am glad Jesse is a slave for the neo-nazis, while i feel sorry for Walter. I guess Walter is such an empathic figure, who constantly seems to have been doing everything to save the people for which he cared. He also has accepted that the consequences of his decision. In contrast with Jesse, who is a hypocrite, originally wanting to be gangster but not accepting the consequences.

Tywin is a great character but always appeared unsympathetic. Although he always talked about family, he never does any action to show he cares personally about his sons or daughter.
Sep. 18th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I totally agree
I agree Walt made the call to help clear Skyler, but I also think everything he said were things he felt. Walt lies with truth. That speech was how Walt felt, those were his pent up emotions. Also it may have been Gilligan trolling Skyler haters and showing them how ugly they sound.


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