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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. 16th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
villans and monsters
I don't know about that George, I'd say Ramsay is more evil than Walt. But on the other hand, you created Ramsay so I guess you'd know...
Sep. 18th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: villans and monsters
The thing is though, it's only Ramsey's sadism and that makes him evil. He never came from a good place, he never had a conscience that could be challenged and worn away (at least as far as I can tell). Walt is a monster for entirely different reasons, and they are insidious reasons that are made more devastating because of who he used to be and how he changed. That look he gave *********, the way he told that character the truth only to hurt and destroy them more then anything else ever could, the way he can dismiss his humanity so readily when convenient, the coldness and the breaking of peoples spirit by knowing that to really destroy someone, it has nothing to do with what you do to their body, but their mind and heart. That's what makes Walter White a monster. Martin would have to create a character that we start off relating to, possibly loving, but then they would become a monster that destroys the lives of the innocent, often without even laying a hand on them. I'm not sure Westeros needs that just yet! :P
Gato Chungo
Sep. 19th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Re: villans and monsters
You're rigth, but I don't think that capability to change is proper of a monster, but of any human being pulled to extreme situations. WW is very deeply human, desperate, angry, flawed, hurt, cruel and contradictory as he is (kudos Cranston!). If I must, I would only call "a monster" to actual textbook psychopaths, ones that are truly unable to connect to anyone 'cause they lack the empathy for it. WW is way too smart, but a lot of times, pretty irrational and visceral, reachable and uttermost damageable (don't forget his reaction to Hank's death). I think there are not much real "human" monsters in tv shows (not even Dexter, but maybe his brother). Perhaps Gustave Fring was (only) closer to it? (the scene when he without even blinking cuts the throat of one of his henchmen just to scare the shit out of Walter and Jessie, still gives me the creeps!) xD
Gus Sinclair
Sep. 19th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: villans and monsters
Most likrly Ldy stoneheart can turn into a monstroues charachter like that
Sep. 18th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
The Mountain.
Gregor Clegane is another; I'm hard pressed to think of any fictional character worse than Clegane; he's so bad you have to go to like, REAL HISTORY to find someone worse.
Sep. 19th, 2013 06:41 am (UTC)
Re: villans and monsters
I think GRRM is right here: Ramsay/Gregor is a creature of pure evil, but he is not much of a character, in that he lacks complexity. This is not bad writing, but actually a reflection of empirical reality (in that Robert Hansen/Ed Kemper are not really all that complex as people) sure the family life and early childhood of Ramsay or Gregor* would be interesting, but it is end result was quite one dimensional individuals, which as I said earlier, is true to life of real world serial killers.
Because Walter started off as a good person (with presumably a nice childhood and certainly a lovely wife), his fall from grace is much more striking and horrifying than the 'begins the text pure evil, ends the text pure evil' of Gregor and Ramsay, because in effect Walt-having started off good and lived most of his life as a good person- had more choice (despite his rational reasons for dealing crystal meth) than someone slightly brain damaged like Gregor and Ramsay.**

*Before I started writing original fiction, I was plotting a fanfiction story about Gregor's childhood, inspired by Ed Kemper's childhood as described by Christine Ann Lawson's book
"Understanding the Borderline Mother".
** Following Harry Harlow's experiments/all research into Anti-Social personality disorder in humans, genetic predisposition combined with child neglect/lack of maternal affection in early childhood has an effect on brain development, leading to an increased risk of anti-social behaviour. On this basis, little Robert Arryn (who receives extremely high levels of maternal affection) should be a far more nice person than either Jon Snow or Tyrion (who received none)...


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