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Breaking Bad Final Season

I think it was before its third season, in 2010, that I decided to check out AMC’s Breaking Bad.  So, needless to say, I had some catching up to do.  I had seen promos for the show and had heard of Bryan Cranston’s Emmy wins for his lead role in the series, but it was just one of those shows on my “list of shows to catch up on and start watching”.

AMC was broadcasting repeat episodes from the first two seasons and I caught the pilot one day.  Thanks to Netflix, I was able to catch up on the remaining episodes and was soon awaiting the premiere of the next season.  I think the draw of the show was, not only the acting and the crazy story lines, but the look of the show as well.  I felt that I was watching a “mini-movie”.   A movie with action, suspense & drama…but broadcast in one hour increments.  The suspense of waiting for the next week’s episode is what great television is supposed to be about.

In 2009, master of horror author Stephen King wrote an article for Entertainment Weekly, explaining his love for Breaking Bad and in describing a scene from season two said:

It’s like watching No Country for Old Men crossbred with the malevolent spirit of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

When the fourth season finale ended with Gustavo Fring walking out of Hector Salamanca’s room with (literally) half of his face blown off…I was speechless.  My feelings that I had found the right show for me were confirmed!!!

 

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring

 

Of course, I was also thinking, “They killed Buggin’ Out!”

Giancarlo Esposito as Buggin’ Out in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” (1989)

 

Being on AMC and having seasons that are, not only shorter than network television but also, scheduled to start and end in different months, only added to the suspense and anticipation of the next season.  Well…I don’t have to wait much longer.  The scheduled last season of Breaking Bad is set to begin July 15th and will (naturally) be split into two 8 episode mini-seasons, concluding in 2013.

There has been talk of a future feature film, but until then, I’ll just enjoy this last upcoming season and the situations that the writers will put Walt, Jesse, Skylar, Hank and the others in…for now.

 

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