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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 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: The Monsterness of Walt vs. Ramsey
I think the question of the series was how far will Walt go? We found out the answer this season. He wouldn't harm the people he considers family. He would of course lie to them and manipulate them and expect them to be grateful for it if they found out, but he wouldn't harm them. It's not going up against the wrong drug lord that does in Walt, it's the way he treated the people closest to him.

Jesse was family until he turned on him. Walt had already decided to kill him. What part of working with the DEA to set him up resulting in the death of Hank and the loss of his family and most of his money was supposed to change his mind about that? It's only Jesse's fault in Walt's mind, but Walt's mind is what we're talking about here. The fact that Walt is willing to still go through with it while looking him in the eye I don't think makes him any more or less a monster. It just means that he understood what he was committing to in the first place. But the man that passes the sentence should swing the sword. Bad form, Walt.

I would disagree that being a psychopath makes you less of a monster than someone who isn't but can still be a cold blooded murderer. Ramsay would have let Jesse think he was getting away and then murdered Brock in front of him. Jesse would wish for death long before it came to him. I'd rather take my chances with Heisenberg.


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