Skibbidy Boo Bop
Great end to a great series.
Jessie driving off in the sports car should transition nicely into Need for Speed!
Me too!Dar Klink said:Right before watching it I was saying to my friend "It's sad we'll probably never see Skinny P or Badger again" I'm glad I was wrong.
Groovy Metal Fist said:Are the police not after Jesse as well? What outcome could he have other than being arrested?
It was the best show on TV, but there will be other great shows. Just... not for a few years. I've basically got zero incentive to watch TV shows right now. When I cut my cable, Breaking Bad was the only thing making me waver in my decision.Saephon said:Thank you Vince. I can't help but ponder that this is how I'm going to feel when Berserk ends. Like there's no moving on to something better; the best has ended. Man, what a ride.
Walter said:As I recall, only Hank had specific knowledge of Jesse's involvement with meth cooking.
Oh you.Griffith said:I don't think Vince Gilligan would mind working with David Simon that much.
NightCrawler said:Like our Walter said, this was the best show on tv. But the best of all time? Please. It's not even the best of the last 10 years. It might be giving some fight to the others runners up, but the top spot show is on a class of it's own.
The Wire by a long, long margin. I've been watching it for the 3rd time in between the latest Breaking Bad episodes, and the difference is astonishing. In every aspect it's above and beyond any tv series i've ever seen. But i really like BB, it's a fine piece of television, one of the best for sure. I liked it in the way as i liked Rome. Entertainment with bouts of greatness. It's up there with The Sopranos, The Prisoner (the original) the first season of Twin Peaks and Six Feet Under. All fighting for the top spots.Skeleton said:What takes the top spot, in your opinion? If it's better than Breaking Bad I'll definitely check it out. I'm not much into television so I don't know what the greatest shows are.
I agree, but comparisons in art are never fair. In this case it would be like comparing The Godfather to The Dark Knight.Walter said:I don't even think it's fair to compare them, honestly.
I feel the same, but of course it doesn't prevent me from enjoying others, they're just on a far different level. The ways you can appreciate them are almost incommensurable. That's why they'll stand the test of time.Walter said:but just like I could never look at comics the same way after I found Berserk, the same can be said of The Wire
The Wire, although great to watch, is also a slow watch.Saephon said:I've never seen a single episode of The Wire or The Sopranos, but I put them on my "To Do" list long ago for after Breaking Bad finished. Now I think I'm going to wait a couple months before I invest myself in something again, but my girlfriend and I are adamant about watching The Wire based off of everything we've heard.
I'll let you know what I think when I get there, as someone who's watching it post-BrBa.
Calling it “100 percent satisfying,” Paul tells EW: “There were thoughts I had that maybe Walt will be the only one standing. I love that toward the end, Walt’s there to go on a suicide mission and blow everyone up, including Jesse, but he sees what they have put him through. His hair’s super long, he’s vacant. There’s not a soul in him anymore, and [Walt] decides that he deserves a second chance, so he dives on him. He throws himself in front of a bullet for him — and it’s kind of beautiful.” He adds with a chuckle: “It’s good that Walt got his, because he’s an evil, evil man, and he needed to go.”
In shooting the scene in which Jesse refuses to shoot Walt, Paul wound up (semi-)fulfilling a desire he’d possessed for years. “I always had the vision of Jesse pointing a gun to Walt’s head, I really did,” he explains. “I’m like, ‘It’s got to end like this,’ and deep down, I wanted Jesse to kill Walt. But the closer we got to the end, I realized I didn’t want that. Jesse can’t kill anybody else — even though he ended up killing Todd. But that was really self-defense and he just had to get out of there. But it’s good that Jesse was put through that torture for the past four or five months, put in a hole, because Jesse’s not an innocent person. He did some very bad things. It’s good that Jesse was put through that so he did some time, but I believe that he deserved to get away from all of it and just leave. You don’t really know where he goes … ” Paul has a few ideas, though, about what happened to Jesse. “In my mind, he gets the hell out of Dodge,” he says. “He’s like, ‘Oh my god.’ I think he probably goes and says bye to Brock, if he can, or at least just sees him from a distance and then he leaves. Maybe Alaska, maybe New Zealand. Becomes a bush pilot. It’s all part of the story.”
Cranston, meanwhile, feels that Gilligan and his writers crafted both a “very satisfying” and ”unapologetic” finish to this unforgiving story. “It’s fitting. It’s complete,” he tells EW, explaining that the ending gave both characters an appropriate reunion and send-off. “When I see Jesse, this involuntary sense comes over me,” he says of Walt. “He’s been treated like a dog – like a beaten dog — and it just shocks me, and impulsively I protect him. He’s going off into the sunset. It’s fitting that the man who was so put upon and mistreated has a chance. And I like how it ends, because it’s not like, ‘Oh, he’s got the money.’ No. He’s just got his life, so he has a chance – just a chance.” He believes the finale cemented the notion that Breaking Bad is ”a tragedy of almost Shakespearean level. … Tragedy is not a bunch of bad guys doing bad things: ‘Oh, they killed the good guys!’ Tragedy is when the bad guys are sympathized, when you realize that it could have gone another way,” he notes. “There was hope for them at one time. Macbeth! Oh! In its truest sense, our story is a tragedy — an American tragedy. It’s not ‘good conquers evil,’ it’s not ‘good guys against the bad guys,’ it’s much muddier than that. Shades of gray.”
Walt’s unplanned self-sacrifice in shielding Jesse from the bullet not only exposed what humanity was left in Walter White, but underlined the significance of their relationship, no matter how fractured. “[When] he hears that the blue meth is still out there, that Jesse is still cooking, it’s like, ‘That bastard! He convinced them to be a partner with him, he’s still cooking! I’ll kill everybody!’” says Cranston. “And then when I see him, the shred of humanity left in Walter White is exposed at that moment and he acts. So if there’s any redeeming quality to him from the standpoint of the audience, it’s that moment. He even allows Jesse to kill him. Jesse has the gun and he points at me, and he says, ‘You want this?’ And I go, ‘Yeah. I think it’s fitting. Go ahead. You need to do it, go ahead. It’s okay.’ And then he says, ‘If you want this, then do it yourself. I’m not going to do it for you.’ At least there was some conclusion to their association. Their friendship did matter. And it was because of that history and friendship, that was the basis of his impulsivity. Because otherwise it would just be, ‘Jesus, look at that guy, that poor bastard,’ but I’m not going to risk my life for some stranger. There is more than familiarity. It’s deep-rooted. And it’s so true. Because sometimes you don’t know the depth of what you feel until you’re tested. That’s why I think it’s a satisfying ending. It’s still true to Walter White. Because he always possessed that. But it’s not saccharine sweet. It’s not done out of ‘Ohhh, Jesse.’ It’s just … ‘Jesus.’ If anything, it makes me hate Jack even more for his brutality.”
Did Cranston feel that the meth lord-in-chief ultimately had to die to give many Breaking Bad fans the closure they were seeking? “Because of his love for his family, there was a thought of mine that, ‘Would it be a more perfect hell for him to have to see his family die – his wife, his son, baby daughter — and he lives?’” he says. “And there’s some merit to that too. But ultimately, I think this is the best ending. A real satisfying ending. And I’m so grateful for that.”