It all ends with a bang! In the final episodes, Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul bring the saga of Breaking Bad to a bloody conclusion in their roles as meth kingpin Walter White and his guilt-ridden partner, Jesse Pinkman. As each tries to get clear of the wreckage they left behind in the meth world, DEA agent Hank Schrader's obsessive pursuit of 'Heisenberg' gains steam, leading up to a shattering finale that will leave no one in Walt's world unscathed. Executive produced by Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson and Michelle MacLaren, the final episodes bring the unforgettable story of Walter White to its inevitable close.
Great stuff and highly addictive. Now that it's over I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms :)
- Breaking Bad: Series 5: Part 2 review by RP
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I must be addicted. Not to crystal meth, but to 'Breaking Bad'. I've just finished watching Season 5 and I've now watched all 5 seasons, 5 years worth of broadcast TV, all 62 episodes. For after day after day I've watched around 47 solid hours of TV - I think that must count as addiction? - and now that it's over I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms :)
The series follows the (mis)adventures of high school chemistry teacher Walter White as, following a diagnosis of terminal cancer, he takes the seriously bad decision to provide for his family by using his chemistry skills to earn a fortune as a manufacturer and later a distributor of methamphetamine. We watch as Walt changes, metamorphosing from mild-mannered school teacher to ruthless killer, letting nothing and nobody stop him as he builds a drug empire. Not other local dealers, drug barons, the Mexican drug cartel, the DEA - nobody. And claiming all the time that he's doing this "for his family".
And in the process - perhaps inevitably - he loses his family and indeed, his own life.
What sets this series apart from many others is a combination of the directing (always sharp), the storyline (always clever, with many twists), the characterisation (every character is well drawn), the acting - Bryan Cranston as Walter White is fantastic - and something I very much appreciate, the blackest of black humour.
This final series, while perhaps not as dark and violent as Season 4, has Walt trying to evade the DEA as they close in on him, trying to extricate himself from the drug business and trying - and largely failing - to transfer his ill-gotten earnings to his family. Many loose ends are tied, some neatly, some messily and bloodily, and the series ends in probably the only way it could.
I have enjoyed it very much. Yes, it's unbelievable stuff, yes it's very American, but it really is great, unmissable TV. 5/5 stars - highly recommended. But be warned: you too could become addicted!