Last night saw the final episode of Breaking Bad, a show I heard about for two, three years before I finally gave in and started watching it, a show that I found to be a complete, grab-you-by-the-throat experience. In its five season run, I don’t think I ever found myself thinking, “Well, that episode was kind of lame.” My attention didn’t wander, I didn’t feel like it got lost and started wandering aimlessly, it never really lost forward momentum–or, if it did, it was so well done that I didn’t notice.
I approached the last few episodes with nervous excitement, and a sense of impending doom. That sense of doom was not so much for the characters and their potentially ugly fates, but for the show itself. Good endings are hard to get right, and when you know your show is serious water cooler fodder, and that millions of people will be tuning in and talking about it afterwards it’s easy to choke. Executive Producer Vince Gilligan and his team of writers did not choke. They gave us an ending that was both fair and appropriate given the characters and where they were on their personal journeys at that point in time.
Fairness is an important part of getting it right. If there’s one quibble I have with the ending ***MINOR SPOILER, but no major plot points*** it’s that Walter perhaps got too much of what he wanted.***END SPOILER*** If I say that, however, it’s because there was a part of me that was screaming out for justice, But justice and fairness are not the same thing, and I think ‘fair’ was better.
What say you? Did you watch Breaking Bad? Did you think the end was fair? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, if you comment, remember that not everyone may have watched the ending yet, and tag your comment for potential spoilers. Thanks!