Breaking Bad is an amazing show, we can all admit that. The relentless arc of Walter White’s character, from his pathetic life as a school teacher and car wash attendee, to a murdering druglord – it is simply too much to summarise into adjective-laden intro. I could try, but really, why spend time trying to describe something in words when you could just go and watch it again instead? Ok fine, watching it again takes about 50 hours, but that’s better than the 50 seconds spent on this paragraph. I should know because now I’ve done both. And after watching it again I have found that the second time round, even more so than the first viewing, I am marvelling at what creator Vince Gilligan and the gang delivered.
No, there is a point to this fan rant, and that is that while watching the series through again I noticed a chunk of my emotional responses have almost completely reversed. During the first watch I found myself cheering Walt on all the way. To see him develop and to succeed was addictively satisfying. To see him escape, and outwit, and just plain win was what it was all about. But this second time around, I am almost disgusted by him. He is a liar, a manipulator, a murderer, a proud and self-pitying man, who, little by little, destroys his family’s lives and the lives of all those around him by repeatedly making selfish and reckless decisions.
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