Breaking Bad Going Scarface

If you aren’t watching Breaking Bad, the hit series on AMC, you are truly missing out. It’s my favourite show on television at the moment, and my third most favourite show all-time, after LOST and The Wire.

I wanted to highlight this piece by Emily Nussbaum (SPOILER ALERT!), who argues that the central character (Walt) is going Scarface on us. It’s a brilliant analogy, and for the non-spoiler version, see a quote below:

And yet, for all the show’s pleasures, its themes can be irredeemably grim, particularly now that the crutch of our sympathy for Walt has been yanked away. Each new episode arrives fraught with foreshadowing, with betrayal on the way—we know what has to happen, but not how. The show has shed its original skin, that of the antihero drama, in which we root for a bad boy in spite of ourselves. Instead, it’s more like the late seasons of “The Sopranos,” the first show that dared to punish its audience for loving a monster. This makes “Breaking Bad” a radical type of television, and also a very strange kind of must-watch: a show that you dread and crave at the same time.

The best one liner from Emily’s piece:

…[Breaking Bad] turns some viewers into not merely fans but enablers.

I can’t wait to see how the show unfolds!