“I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!” AMC’s long-running crime drama, Breaking Bad, has aggressively drawn the attention of audiences across the country.
Premiering in 2008, the show has run for a total of 5 seasons. It has received widespread critical acclaim, achieving an unheard of 99/100 Metacritic score and ranking as the 13th best-written TV series of all time by the Writers Guild of America.
Breaking Bad is centered around the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, and his menacing transformation into methamphetamine kingpin Heisenberg. Vince Gilligan, the series’ creator, thinks of the show as a “modern western.”
The popular thriller’s plot is well known for its unique set-pieces and dramatic character interaction.
For five years, it has hooked audiences and left them raving with gossip until next weekend’s episode. As of September 8th of this year, 5.1 million viewers tune in weekly – and the audience base is still growing.
It’s no surprise that Breaking Bad is so popular. Americans are in love with gritty antiheroes. Characters such as Christopher Nolan’s Batman and The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes create morally debatable protagonists – ones audiences don’t always feel justified in rooting for.
Actor Bryan Cranston as Walter White has brilliantly captured this idea of the antihero. The series’ greatest moments are found in his stunningly delivered monologues, and he has received 3 Emmy Awards and Golden Globe nominations for the role.
There are only a few episodes left before the series ends on September 29th. Fans are on the edge of their seats, waiting for a conclusion to the emotionally conflicted White/Heisenberg story.
For those who are disappointed with the series’ end, it has been revealed that AMC and Sony Pictures Television recently partnered to produce a spin-off series called Better Call Saul, a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad. And for any who have yet to be sucked into this drug-trafficking drama, the original series is readily available on Netflix as well as AMC’s website.