Set in Albuquerque, this drama series follows the life of Walter White, played by Brian Cranston, the once loved Dad from children's tv show Malcolm In The Middle. Walter White is a chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In order to secure his family's future before he dies, he decides to turn to a career and life of crime where he is 'cooking' and distributing methamphetamine (crystal meth).
For those of you that have watched this series, do you believe that we, the audience, got what we deserved? i personally feel that the ending was very suited. The conflicting opinions between Walter and Skyla that eventually tore their marriage apart both took place. The ending proved to be a case where it shows that Crime does not pay. Walter lost everything at the end of series, including his own life, which was exactly what Skyla feared all along. But at the same time, the ending was not a sad one. Heisenberg was not all for nothing, as Walter so often feared. He still managed to find a way to get his money to Skyla and his children without them even knowing it came from him, he made peace with Skyla, he killed Lydia with the all-important ricin, and he saved Jesse's life, which included taking a bullet for him. He died happy and at peace with what he had achieved.
Throughout the whole series Walter insisted that he was only doing this for his family, from cooking meth in an old RV to running his own meth lab under Gustavo Fring, but finally at the end of Season 5, because he knows he is approaching the end, he admits to Skyla that he did it because he liked it. "i did it for me. i liked it. i was good at it. and i was really, i was alive." This shows that originally Walter became this Drug Lord so that he could provide for his family, however, when his status was quickly escalated to the infamous Heisenberg, he realised that this was something he was good at, and he enjoyed it. The fact that he was honest with Skyla for the first time in what must have felt like years earned him an honest, loving smile where Walter could finally walk away from his home knowing that he has made amends with the only woman he truly loved.
I will admit that i was utterly devastated when Hank was shot. He was my absolute favourite character of the whole tv series. Part of me was angry at Hank, as I did wonder why, just because his job role is part of the DEA, he couldn't find it in his heart to understand why his kind hearted brother in law would ever make such a horrific career choice. However, one of the reasons I admired him so much is because of his passion for what he does for a living, and how it is blatant throughout the series that without Hank and his exceptional attention to detail, no one ever would have found out the truth. I also feel Hank had an enormous amount of respect for Walter, so much so that even when all the signs were there at one point, Hank literally needed it to be spelt out for him that it was Walter White he had been chasing this whole time.
For me, the best thing about the entire series is that it actually ended. The only series i have ever followed from start to finish (minus Friends) is Lost, and i am still angered by the fact that it went into darkness without actually approaching finality. You can see on Breaking Bad that on that very last episode, all questions from throughout the series right to the end, were finally answered and that was more than enough for me.
I would have preferred it if the ending scenes between Jesse and Walt were slightly more heart felt, having said that, I think the subtle, yet loving look that was exchanged between them both, speaks a thousand words, and that nothing more was needed between the two of them. Jesse knew exactly what he meant to Walter from that one look. Walter even said himself that Jesse was like family.
Although i wasn't exactly rooting for Walter towards the end, he finally showed us all in that last episode that he is not, as we felt, always looking out for himself. It was always sad to see Jesse so heartbroken because he felt like he didn't have anyone. Countless times he was left at a dead end because Walter would not look out for him. The tables turned when Walter finally sacrificed his own life to save Jesse which showed the audience that Heisenberg had not completely taken over Walter's life. It was reassuring to know that right at the very end of series, it was not Heisenberg we were seeing, taking his last breath, it was sweet, loving, humble chemistry teacher, Walter White. And that, for me, is what made the finale so much more powerful.
Now, the spin off series Better Call Saul has been released on Netflix.. I hope you are all as excited as i am for it.