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


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?


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