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Breaking Bad delivers shocks in season 2 finale

June 3, 2009
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By Shannon

Brian Cranston completed his character's transformation to hardened criminal in season 2 of Breaking Bad.  Photo amctv.com

Brian Cranston completed his character's transformation to hardened criminal in season 2 of Breaking Bad. Photo amctv.com

In a move of colossal brilliance or incredible stupidity, I bring you this writing from the pool, on my laptop.  What could ever go wrong?

I wanted to comment on the season finale of the always astounding Breaking Bad.  It was jaw-droppingly good. (Spoilers ahead)  We finally got to find out how and why the  teddy bear got in the pool,  and why body bags were in Walter’s driveway. Holy hell it was a wild ride uncovering this information.

I never would have guessed what ultimately ended up happening, a fact that I am a little embarrassed of, as I usually revel in such things.  After reading an excellent interview with series creator Vince Gilligan by Alan Sepinwall, I felt very, very stupid because he has dropped a trail of bread crumbs all season long, especially in the titles of the episodes.  Several episode titles together spell Seven Thirty-Seven Down Over ABQ. At least I am not the only person who did not get the hints that Gilligan pretty much offered up on a silver platter.  Anyway, I think it  is very cool that they had the entire season fleshed out from day one, unlike some series *cough* Lost.

It has been an amazing character arc that Walt has participated in this season.  Even though he has truly crossed over to the dark side (a fact cemented by the death of Jane) I still feel empathy toward his character, God knows why.   He has officially dropped any shred of admirability with his unconscionable acts, yet I am still  riveted to his every action.

The airplane crash added a delicious new moral consequence to Walt’s initial decision to cook meth. I still maintain that this is the best show on television right now.  If you have not seen it, catch up over the summer on DVDs.

My previous commentary on Breaking Bad.

Alan Sepinwall’s excellent interview with Vince Gilligan.

Alan Sepinwall’s review of the season finale.

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2 Responses to “ Breaking Bad delivers shocks in season 2 finale ”

  1. Susan on June 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Brian Cranston is so amazingly convincing in this role. Watching him, I actually felt bad for him as he watched Jane die. Hooked.

  2. Shannon on June 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    He really is fantastic. I can’t imagine anyone else doing a better job.

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