Sneak Peek Photos From The Breaking Bad Series Finale

As you may have heard by now, Breaking Bad is coming to an end, and all the faithful watchers are in a frenzy — myself included. Which is why, although it’s not much, seeing these two pictures from the series finale brings me even the tiniest bit of joy. I’m not quite sure what to make of them — it looks like Walt is being a creep and snooping around his old neighborhood/home — but I do know that whatever it means, it’s gonna be damn good, and somebody…anybody…had better watch out.

If these aren’t enough, AMC has nine other ways for you to prepare for the big night.

Happy cooking.

Dexter Finale: The Good, The Bad, and the Great

[This post contains Spoilers]

Dexter Finale

It’s officially over — “Dexter” has finally come to an end and there are lots of mixed reviews about the series finale — although there seems to be more dissatisfied fans than not. I’ve touched on my thoughts about the final season before, but I wanted to wait until the very end to comment any further. Now that it came and went, here I go:

I don’t think the final episode of Dexter was as bad and disappointing as so many other people do. After reading a few reviews, it seems that the biggest problems people had with it were: Dexter leaving Harrison to be raised by Hannah, not having closure to some of the other characters’ lives, and one of the final scenes (when Dexter rolls Deb out of the hospital in the storm) having a very fake look and feel. Basically, it’s widely believed that the writers did a half-ass job drawing Dexter to a conclusion; like they didn’t put as much thought and effort into as they could have, and I agree — to an extent.

Every season of Dexter has always brought something new to the table — literally and figuratively. Figuratively, there would always be some new plot and another villain for Dexter to chase after. Literally, said new villain would unequivocally end up on Dexter’s table. The main plot of each season would always be put to rest by the time the next one rolled around, so Dexter was never really a show where every season tied exclusively into the next. This is important when taking a look at how the final season played out. I think what fans wanted was for everything to come full circle for Dexter. For him to finally change his ways and get rid of his dark passenger once and for all. Maybe even for someone else to do it for him (i.e. turn the tables around to where he would end up as somebody’s victim). But that’s not what this show was about. The one constant throughout the series was Dexter’s inability to cope with the “monster” that lived inside of him in such a way that no one would get hurt. We’ve seen it time and time again — his chats with Harry, Deb and even himself were all about his struggles in that regard. Season 8 was no different. He tried, unsuccessfully, to conquer his vices and he had an enemy to make his next victim — this time around it was Saxon. Was the Saxon story as interesting as, let’s say, Trinity’s? Or the ice truck killer’s? Not by a long shot. But at least the writers stuck to the core of the script; it’s just that…well…some scripts are better than others.

Naturally, we empathize with other characters; especially the ones Dexter cared about the most, such as Deb and of course Harrison. I don’t think anyone wanted, or expected, Dexter to end up alone without either one of them; even if he died I think people (myself included) automatically assumed that at the very least Deb would take care of Harrison. But for Dexter to live in disguise by himself and leave Harrison with Hannah after Deb died? It feels a little flat and unresolved.

Except something actually has been resolved. Two, three, even four seasons ago, Dexter would have never left his family behind. During that time though, Deb was still alive and he had no tangible reason to really put an end to his madness. His loved ones often came into danger because of him, and his own identity had been threatened all the time; but, nothing could have stopped his dark passenger quite like the death of his sister, or Harrison. Had Harrison died too, I don’t even think it would have made a difference as far his choice to fake his own death is concerned. The mere fact that death finally hit him where it hurts the most was enough for him to call it quits. He no longer needed Harry to play devil’s advocate and talk him out of another decision (notice how Harry was nowhere to be found in any of the scenes from the time Dexter pulled the plug on Deb). There were no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it … once Debra died, that was it. Enough was enough and there was nothing else for Dexter to think about. He finally came to terms with his own self — something he had never done before. It’s just unfortunate, as a viewer, that it had to be at the expense of a character we all loved: good ole Deb.

Speaking of Deb, here’s where I fully agree with other fans: what was that last, dream-like scene about? How was Dexter able to escort Deb out of the hospital without getting stopped or questioned? As I’m typing this now, I’m saying to myself how surreal the whole scene looked, so maybe that’s it. Perhaps a surreal look is exactly what the producers were going for, because that’s probably exactly how Dexter felt … like he was in a bad dream. So there’s that, I guess. I would like to point out though, that whether it felt overdone or not, it hurt like hell to watch Deb die. If the writers were going for the heartfelt, sad ending, rest assured that you got me. Deb is dead, Harrison is fatherless, and Dexter is secluded off in the middle of nowhere without either one of them by his side. I don’t know about anyone else but that’s heartbreaking. Especially because those were two of the few people who genuinely made him happy. 😦

Yes, there were a number of unanswered questions — what was the purpose of Masuka’s daughter is one that sticks out like a sore thumb — but as far as bringing Dexter (the character) to a conclusion, I think the writers completed that task. Some of the dynamics along the way could have been handled better though, in order to bring the show to a more satisfying end.

Before I bring this post to a close, I want to point out, as an aside, the Season 4 finale that almost sent me to an asylum. It’s still one of the most phenomenal things I’ve seen on television, ever. Killing off Rita was daring, unexpected, and it hurt so good. I don’t want to walk away from the show like something so great as that finale didn’t happen. In my opinion, it kind of makes up for what it lacked in the series finale; it was that epic, don’t debate me.

Either way, I bid farewell to one of my favorite shows ever. You will be missed.

Why Breaking Bad Is So Good and Why I’m Still #TeamWalt

Look at this face…

Walter White Breaking Bad

Now tell me that’s not the very [Greek] face of Tragedy itself…

Greek Face Of Tragedy

**Spoilers**

TV dramas — good ones — have come few and far between for quite some time now. Every time I hear about new shows that are supposedly must-watch-TV I automatically dismiss it for fear that I won’t agree and I’d be disappointed. But when it came to Dexter, my faith in other people’s opinions was restored. For once, I agreed with all the positive reviews. This wasn’t just any good drama series — this was the absolute best: A blood splatter analyst who’s been tainted by an unfortunate and gruesome childhood who’s grown to become Miami’s most notorious serial killer, yet no one has the slightest clue. The catch? He only kills bad guys, and he does so very meticulously with animal tranquilizer and a Kill Room all decked out in plastic so as not to leave a trace of blood behind when he stabs his victims then slices them up to be thrown into a hefty garbage bag and tossed in the ocean. Good stuff.

But nothing good lasts forever. At some point, I was all Dexter’d out and had to wait for the newest season to begin. I needed something to hold me over in between that time, which is when I discovered Breaking Bad. One year and five seasons later I can no longer watch a television drama series without holding it up to the light that is Vince Gilligan’s creation to make sure that it’s real.

I wanted to believe in Dexter. I wanted to think that the series finale would be unforgettable, more so than the season four finale when Rita was murdered and I didn’t recover for the next six months. But this just wasn’t the case. Dexter’s final season is currently going head-to-head with that of Breaking Bad’s, and I couldn’t really tell you what’s going on with the former. I’m not even sure whether this final season of Dexter is just bad, or if it’s only paling in comparison to Breaking Bad. I don’t know anything anymore because I’m so wrapped up in watching Heisenberg’s empire spiral out of control and crash head-on into his not-so-happy home.

And  that’s just it — the fact that, finally, Heisenberg seems like he’s really about to reap what he’s been sowing for the last five years is enough to grab any fan’s attention. Or is it Walter White who’s in trouble? I can’t tell, because somewhere in between Jesse’s disloyalty and Hank’s ego, Walter White and Heisenberg became one and the same, and telling them apart is like finding a needle in a haystack. But this is good. This kind of edge-of-your-seat, hold-onto-your-hats-because-shit’s-getting-really-real action is what we all wanted. Except no one wanted it to be because of Jesse having a snitch-fit. At least I didn’t. I’m far from being alone in my theory that Jesse is wrong for turning his back against Mr. White, but I’m also aware that my counterparts and I are slightly in the minority. So let me defend my stance:

Why I’m Still #TeamWalt After All This Time:

1. It takes two to build something like what Walter and Jesse built. Okay, so it really took one smart Chemistry teacher and a dexterous protege who somewhat reluctantly learns how to cook perfectly blue methylamine. Whatever — Jesse still knew what he was getting into and wasted no time getting crazy high off the money he made from it.

2. Here’s where you argue that Jesse had a hard life, no one loved him and he resorted to using drugs as his muse. [sarcasm]Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot that was Walt’s fault.[/sarcasm] That’s because it wasn’t; contrarily, Walter tried helping him overcome his drug addiction on several occasions. So there’s that.

3. Not only did Walt try to save Jesse from drug abuse, he literally saved his life when Gus had every intention — and all the means — to successfully kill him. In no way, shape or form am I defending the fact that by killing Gus other innocent lives were taken; or that he had to deter Jesse from falling into Gus’ trap by poisoning a child — I’m not that crazy, folks, believe me. But what I do know is that things went so far because Jesse didn’t listen to Walt; he hardly ever did. In that case, if Walt was wrong for anything, it was for not letting Gus kill Jesse when he had the chance. That way no innocent lives would be lost, no kid gets poisoned, and there’s no Jesse for Walt to stick his neck out and save. Perfect.

4. Walter “broke bad” in the first place because he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and wanted to leave his family with a nice piece of change. Did he HAVE to go this route? No — I’m certain that both Skyler and “Flynn” would agree that they’d be able to make ends meet somehow. But at the end of the day, neither one of them knows how it feels to be diagnosed with terminal cancer, and quite frankly, Walt’s decision wasn’t filled with malice or intention to kill/hurt anyone. Somewhere along the line it got to those points because he did what he had to do to save his family from the inadvertent mess he (or technically, Jesse) created.

5. If Jesse wanted so desperately to turn a new leaf and start a new, more reputable life, why not take the money Walter gave him and run instead of throwing it around town like some sort of vigilante trying to rid the world of poor people? Or better yet, why not turn himself in to the police? He wants to see Walter suffer? For what? Snitching on Walt isn’t going to bring anyone back to life or unpoison Brock. Nor is it saving anyone else from Heisenberg’s destructive path because there was no more Heisenberg. So he dishes everything out to Hank…only for Hank not to give a rat’s ass about punishing Walt for the sake of his victims, but for his own ego; to make himself look good. Hank very clearly didn’t care about Jesse either, so is Jesse happy that he’s dead now? Or is he sad that another life’s lost….because of him?

All hail King Heisenberg.

Does that answer your question, ASAC?