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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. 18th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
Walter's path into darkness had noble a origin, and he only mines his potential for deviousness when he really needs to. It's for those reasons alone that I can't see him being as evil as Ramsay or The Mountain. Those two characters are true monsters that are allowed to flourish because of the horrid lawlessness of war, and their evil is so deeply entwined in their DNA that it's difficult to think of them as anything else .

Sure when Walter was yelling at Skyler over the phone you could practically see the horns sprouting from his head, but he knew the cops were listening and that was his way of deflecting any culpability away from his family and putting it squarely on him. It was, incredibly, an honorable gesture, and of course honor is not a trait that's usually found in evil people.

But it's certainly an interesting comparison. You're characters, namely Ramsay and The Mountain, are two of the most psychotic and dangerous people I've ever encountered in literature. They are both true prophets of destruction; the stuff of nightmares. Water is capable of becoming that, but he hasn't killed any real civilians (yet) and the innocents that have been hurt or killed in his wake (Brock, Drew Sharpe) seem to weigh heavily on his conscience. That said, when it comes time to calculate his next move, his ruthlessness knows no bounds. He does put on the porkpie hat and morph into a character whose evil is so cold and unyielding that it certainly would give the worst in Westeros a run for their money.

But Walt doesn't live there, he only visits. Ramsay and The Mountain were born to bring about chaos in the most vicious ways imaginable. It's what they were born to do. I just don't think Walt's quite there yet. But they are your characters, and you certainly would know better than I.

Can't wait to see the new character(s). I'm really excited to learn more about the White Walkers, and their propensity for evil looks to be a gold mine of depravity...


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