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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.


Sep. 17th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Walt redeemable for his phone call to Skylar? Then what was redeemable about him telling Jesse about watching his girlfriend die when he could have stopped it? And also revealing Jesse hiding under the car? I think Walt has lost his humanity. "Saving" Skylar with that phone call is, IMO, just the other side of the god he tries to play. Regardless, he's still the puppet master pulling all the strings.

This series is brilliant, and the darkest series I've ever watched, a psychological masterpiece. It's the only show where I refuse to be spoiled before an episode about ANYTHING. The adrenalin and roller coaster ride is just too thrilling.

That said, good luck GoT! I see you've already won a few pre-Emmys. I'm rooting for more!
Sep. 17th, 2013 05:43 am (UTC)
Umm Jesse totally deserved whatever he got... it was his fault they were there in the first place and his choices that caused the house of cards to start collapsing.
Sep. 17th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Jesse's fault? Bullshit. Walt's a remorseless criminal and responsible for hundreds if not thousands of deaths from his meth production and distribution. He deserves to rot in jail forever or preferably die for what he's done, even if you only include things he's directly had a hand in. Jesse was totally correct to go to Hank with what he knew. Should have happened a hell of a lot sooner...
Sep. 17th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
I disagree. When you get the kind of power and greediness that Walt had, and with what he was doing, it's not anybody's fault but his if he gets caught. Walt is not a victim here, and neither is Jesse. Jesse retaliated because he found out that Walt had poisoned the kid. So here is a man who has poisoned a child loved by Jesse and watched Jesse's girlfriend die when he could have easily helped her. Heartless and cruel. All business. I don't blame Jesse. In my opinion, Walt is getting everything he deserved. And while Jesse may deserve what's happening to him right now for being part of all this, it's Walt's heartlessness that has hurt him more than anything, in my interpretation of it.
Ray Feighery
Sep. 18th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Jane wasn't actually done for selfish reasons though it was to save Jesse. He would have died of an OD eventually if Walt had saved her. Sure, he wanted to keep Jesse in the mix to but she was BAD news.
Sep. 17th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
I agree completely. Walt is still trying to be in control. His moments of "panic" and "remorse" regarding Hank and Jesse are, IMO, nothing more than panic in losing his hold over them and hence his own personal power. The phone call was yet another desperate attempt to remain in control. Walt cannot stand the idea that he's not the one in charge. As you say, it's just the other side of the god complex he has.

I also thought it was disgusting how he was gentle and happy with his daughter until she said "momma" and then he got cold and you could see the rage in his face. He can't even accept that his 2 year old daughter may prefer her own mother to him. As far as I can tell he has no empathy left.
Dorian Kratsas
Sep. 19th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC)
"His moments of "panic" and "remorse" regarding Hank and Jesse are, IMO, nothing more than panic in losing his hold over them and hence his own personal power. "

With respect, that's utterly absurd. You don't give up 80M dollars because he was upset about losing his hold over them, nor do you sit there in a catatonic state for hours after the murder of your brother-in-law. They were genuine moments of panic and remorse, without question.


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