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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 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm getting a real kick out of reading my favorite author of my favorite books ever offering his thoughts on my favorite TV program ever.

Breaking Bad is the only story currently going that gets reactions out of me the way your Song of Ice and Fire books do. HBO's Game of Thrones might get those reactions too if I didn't essentially know what was coming each episode and season. I still enjoy the episodes, but a little bit of the luster goes away when you know what to expect.

I think "Rains of Castamere" has a great shot at the Emmy this year. I know it's up against "Dead Freight," the train heist episode from Breaking Bad. I enjoyed "Dead Freight" more, but again, that's because I knew what was coming in "Rains of Castamere." Well done episode, but as a fan of the books it lacked the gut punch you speak of Breaking Bad (which it seems to be delivering this year with each and every episode). This said, if either "Rains of Castamere" or "Dead Freight" fail to take home the Emmy, the fix in.

And I agree with you, Breaking Bad is going to clean up at the Emmys next year. These last eight episodes have been nothing short of superlative. As someone on their Facebook page said, they're going to need all seven of those barrels to take home all those Emmys.

At this point, the only thing left for them to do is stick the landing in the last episode. As with your books, I have every confidence they will.


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