Here’s the highest compliment I can give “Breaking Bad”—at any given moment, on any given episode, I feel any of the characters can die. It’s not that I suspect that they’ll die (like on the tense, trigger happy “24”), it’s just that this meth-cooking series so convincingly tricks me into believing that it’s a possibility.
On the latest episode “End Times,” I thought it was possible Jesse might actually pull the trigger, wounding Walt in the shoulder or leg. The week before, producer Vince Gilligan and company made be believe through brilliant writing, acting, and cinematography that Walt might climb out of the crawl space in the episodes closing moments and attack his wife.
That’s why I love this show—the characters live so much on the edge that you fear their only recourse is to jump off the cliff. It’s why in a past decade that’s given us “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” and “The Shield,” we are witnessing small screen greatness on every level possible.
It’s why, as Walter White holds a homemade bomb detonator in his hands, praying that Gus Fring gets inside his booby-trapped car, my heart nearly stops.
Had heart disease run in my family, I would’ve surely been a goner.
Despite knowing the risks–like Walt and Jesse–I’m all in. Like them, I’m in too deep to bow out. I’m addicted to the rush. I accept the consequences.
Now bring on the season finale.
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In Boston, “Breaking Bad” airs Sunday nights on AMC.
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