Posted by Chael_Sonnen
Posted by bojangalz
If not my favorite show of all time, it's way, way up there. I didn't get in until the first three seasons were available on netflix. But I was hooked instantly and the momentum the show carries forward is intense. Each season has gotten better than the previous by tenfold.
My only gripe with the show is the fact that no one ever dies. None of the characters that carry the story get axed. There are some moments through out the series that this actually ruined for me (brother in the shootout at DEA parking lot for instance). You just know that because of the way the story is driven, all the main characters kind of need to be there for it all to work right.
In a show like Rescue Me (or walking dead) for instance, they weren't the least bit afraid to kill off just about anyone. That kind of left you with the feeling that you never knew who gone next. In Breaking Bad the only characters who die are either anonymous peripheral characters or the "bad guy" of the season.
No one dies? Dude, the body count is pretty high.....Gus was a important character and he got toasted.....Jane......Tuco.....Tio......The Cousins......Tortuga....etc, etc.
Granted, some of the characters don't have a ton of screen time, but they are still powerful, important characters to the storyline.
SPOILER......Walt dies at the end of the season (pt. 2)
yeah, I get what you're saying. But no one in Walt's immediate circle has ever died. Don't get me wrong, there is some serious suspense in this show (The old man in the wheel chair at Tuco's hiding spot for instance). The suspense is so thick at times that it's almost hard to watch. But it's gotten to the point that any time Walt or a family member is in serious peril you just kind of sit back and say to yourself "we'll we know he's (she's) going to get out of fine because the story needs those characters too much. Not sure if that makes sense or not, hopefully you can pick up what I'm putting down.
It's not a real stretch of creative writing to bring in a new bad guy or hangers-on every season or two. But they've never taken the leap of eliminating a key player and evolved Walt's character to handle that loss.
Either way the show is great, simply great. So great in fact that I had the cable guy visit today to get me hooked back up to the world for the first time in three years. I'd be lying if I said that the beginning of the final season didn't have a major impact on my decision to pay for TV again after so many years without it. And THAT is a testament to how fantastic the show truly is.
EDIT- As for Walt dying, I expect that's how it will go. But it'll be something that happens as the final credits roll; which again will feel a bit predictable and lazy to me. I'd actually rather they kill him off early and watch the remaining few who actually know about his side job to pick up the pieces and struggle to form their own exit strategies in his absence. It would be an unexpected twist.