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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 03:27 am (UTC)
Gregor or Ramsay beat Walt quite handily in the 'evil' department. I mean, damn, Ramsay would have probably flayed baby Holly alive after her show of disrespect towards the end of the episode, while Gregor would have smashed her head against the wall. Certainly neither would have been that broken up at the reality that their entire family hates and fears them.

It's just that Walt's evil stings that much more because we know, on some level, he isn't a total sociopath. He isn't a Gregor or Ramsay. If he were, he'd have had clear sailing from nearly the very beginning: all he had to do was sit back and do nothing when Jesse tried to kill those two drug dealers, or do nothing when Hank was about to lose his job, or if the worst came about poison Hank with the Ricin the moment he figured out Hank was on to him.

Really, if he were truly indifferent to the fates of others, the whole premise of the series wouldn't exist. He cared about his family and didn't want to leave them with nothing when he was gone. That's how it started, even if in the process it slowly turned him into a monster.

What makes Walt so uniquely awful is that we know he has the impulse to do both good things and evil things...and yet, for the sake of his ego, routinely chooses the evil things while pretending to himself its the right thing, all done in the name of family. Its hard to say whether Ramsay and characters like him even have an understanding of what doing 'good things' even means.


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