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Closed captioning brings a new life to Breaking Bad.

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Well. It’s over. I’ve always been a firm believer that The Wire was the greatest show in TV history, but these last few episodes propelled Breaking Bad into that spot and the finale was amazing. I’d like to point out that I figured the finale out. Here’s my old blog post:
http://nerdgasms.net/breaking-down-breaking-bad-granite-slate-9-22-13/

Anna Gunn (Skyler) outdid herself. The scene with her and Walt was phenomenal. She pulled out the part of a woman who died inside and was just a shell of her former self very well. The emotion of her interaction with Walt and finally hearing the truth from his mouth.

The final scene with Walt and the nazis was brilliant. After being pinned in a corner and after having so much not go his way, there is one last bit of Heisenberg brilliance left in him. Walt not only avenged the murder of his brother-in-law, but he made sure Jack knew who was really in charge. In one final motion, Walt was able to get his final revenge and his final redemption in saving Jesse. And Jesse was able to get his revenge (killing Todd) and his redemption (in standing up to Walt and being his own man). That could not have gone any better for the two men. And just as in the song “El Paso” (that I cited in the last episode of Breaking Down Breaking Bad and in the Marty Robbins song that played during the episode), Walt took a bullet in the side while coming back to the place he left…knowing he’d die. That Vince Gilligan hit a home run.

In the progression of the show, we got to see Walt transform (CHEMISTRY!!) from a meek, mild, and loving man to a powerful megalomaniac to sad creature deserving of empathy. In the final episode, we saw all of those sides of him flash before us in the one episode. It gave the audience (myself included) a quick recap of the roller coaster ride we’ve all been on during the show’s run.

I’m not sure what else to say. The show went out with a bang…literally. I guess the only thing I wished they did was deal with what happens with Skyler, Marie, Flynn, and Holly. Do the schwartz’s come through with the money? Does Flynn ever forgive his father. Does Skyler still have some love for Walt? How does she react to the news of his death? How does Marie handle the news when they uncover Hank’s body? There were a lot of emotional issues that still need to be tied up. Maybe this opens the door for a one off movie sometime down the road.

Also, with Todd being one of my favorite characters on a show full of favorite characters, it was sad to see him die. Some part of me really really wanted him to get a spinoff show. I knew it would never happen, but his creepiness was great. Even in death, he was creepy. After his corpse was on the ground, his ringtone for Lydia made me laugh out loud. RIP Creepy Todd. I’ll always be #TeamTodd

Regardless, it’s sad to see the show go. And it’s sad that this will be the last episode of Breaking Down Breaking Bad. Maybe there will be one more episode in me for the box set of the show.

Thanks to Vince Gilligan for a great show. Hopefully you all share a comment and let us know your best memory of the show. And let’s all get ready for “Better call Saul”

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