Breaking Bad is an American drama series centered on a crime narrative. Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator and producer, filmed the set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The television show aired on AMC from January 2008 to September 2013 with a total of five seasons, comprising 62 episodes.
Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, is the story’s main protagonist. He is a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife Skyler, portrayed by Anna Gunn, and his son Walter, Jr. (RJ Mitte), who has cerebral palsy. White is in a character dilemma as he was diagnosed with stage three cancer and given an ultimatum of two years to enjoy life.
To secure his family’s financial stability, White decided to join the dangerous world of drugs and crime. The series continued to show the societal constraints White experiences alongside his diagnosis, a typical father and husband transformed into a kingpin of the drug trade.
Vince Gilligan, the show’s director, had writing experience for the series The X-Files on Fox Network. Gilligan believed that a dynamic character such as a protagonist turning into the enemy was risky as it defies the traditional setup of a story. The show’s title became a constant reminder of how Walter White’s transformation became an influential factor in the story’s overall impact.
Why is Breaking Bad a popular television show?
Breaking Bad’s pilot episode generally received positive reviews. Experts lauded the drama series as one of the greatest television series of all time. The viewer’s rating drastically increased during the premiere of the second half of the fifth season. At the same time, the finale became one of the most watched drama series in American television history.
Casts included Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and RJ Mitte, the primary characters, followed by Betsy Brandt, Dean Norris, Marie Schrader, Bob Odenkirk, and Jonathan Banks. At the same time, Jesse Plemons was introduced during the final season.
The television show justified its high viewership rating with stunning visuals and remarkable cinematography. Director Gilligan showed his craftmanship as every episode magnified different character arcs. References to chemistry, as White was a teacher in chemistry, dialogues were applauded by the critics. The plot touched on the story of a dream for transformation, like the main character, White.
White’s timid attribute with a usual demeanor, which gradually changed into a seemingly ruthless and self-centered personality, brought the audience into a quandary. The series became poetic and dramatic every season, creating a perfect timing of ending the story with White’s death. Unlike other shows where the audience mourns the protagonist’s death as the finale, the show’s ending satisfied the viewers.
Who is Gus and Victor in Breaking Bad?
To protect Jesse, Walter hired him as a replacement for Gale as a lab assistant. Jesse’s behavior becomes impulsive, causing Walter to kill two of Gus’ drug dealers to protect Jesse. Enraged, Gus ordered the death of Walter and Jesse, but Jesse later killed Gale, leaving Gus with no choice of letting them off the hook, for no one can replace them as meth cooks.
Victor was a loyal follower of Gustavo Fring and an important enforcer of the Gus Drug Empire. He also played the role of an initial dealer toward Walter and Jesse. He became a trusted confidante of Gus as he was assigned to collect and transfer money at the distribution center.
Why did Gus kill Victor?
Under Gus’s supervision, Victor delivered a message from Mike Ehrmantraut that The Cousins, twin brothers who served as deadly enforces, would kill Walter. Things got tangled as Walter tried to escape, luring Victor and Mike into turning Jesse to spare his life, but later on, killing Gale made Walt indispensable.
Victor closely monitored Walter’s process of cooking meth. He studied the procedure and single-handedly created a batch in front of Walter and Jesse. Walter was bothered that Victor may soon replace him.
When Gus arrived, he immediately slit his throat of Victor using a box cutter, shocking everyone of the horrifying murder. It’s believed that Gus killed Victor for exposing himself to Gale’s murder and putting the organization at risk. Walter and Jesse dissolved Victor’s body in hydrofluoric acid together with the box cutter and the weapon that killed Gale. and putting the organization at risk. Walter and Jesse dissolved Victor’s body in hydrofluoric acid together with the box cutter and the weapon that killed Gale.
Breaking Bad received unanimous praise from critics and was dubbed one of the greatest television shows of all time. It received numerous awards, including 16 Primetime Awards as 58 nominations. Breaking Bad won Outstanding Drama Series in 2013 and 2014. It also won Peabody Awards, while Cranston playing Walter White, made the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
The series sparked its fame leading to a larger Breaking Bad franchise, a sequel film titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Undeniably, Breaking Bad won viewers’ hearts who sought a creative portrayal of an ordinary man turning into a powerful master of his craft.