When I wrote a positive review of The Big C, a number of readers told me I should check out Breaking Bad, for a more interesting take on a TV series written around the death of its main character. So I did. I've now watched all three seasons of the show, and while some of it was very hard to watch (how could the characters be that stupid or mean), the last season was terrific. Right up there with The Wire for artfulness and acting. All the characters are interesting, none of them are simple or one-dimensional. The music is great, and the New Mexico desert scenery beautiful. And the last season ends with a real cliff-hanger. Did Jesse do it or not? (I think not.)
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1. Jesse is modal. We're currently in the mode of Jesse-the-thoughtful (even though he's back to smoking meth). Look at him crying as he pulls the trigger. He can't kill Gale when his heart is full of love. No more killing!
3. Gale is too interesting a character to kill. He's kind and sweet and brews tea and makes the best coffee and listens to really wacky but cooool music (and he sings too!). And he loves Walt, you can tell. And Walt loves him. He's all that and he's becoming a master meth cook! What a guy!