After 5 flawless seasons, what has been hailed as the most perfect show on television came to perhaps too perfect a conclusion Sunday night. AMC’s Breaking bad left no loose end untied, no justice undealt, and no questions unanswered. Compared to other epic series endings, (The sopranos, Lost) it seemed to offer the audience the most satisfying and least mysterious conclusion.
So why am I still unsatisfied?
The series has been so mind-blowing ridiculously good, it begs the question, would there be any ending that could feel truly satisfying? Saying goodbye to such an epic story feels wrong no matter which way you cut it.
It’s almost unfair. The ending gave me every semblance of closure you’d think befitting to a five year relationship. For starters killing off the main character leaves little to the imagination in terms of the afterlife of the Breaking Bad world. You expect that all the characters remaining alive eventually return to some kind of normality.
It’s actually kind of a happy ending. Walt, played by the masterful Bryan Cranston, is finally able to be honest about the motivation that drove the growth of his meth empire, “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really… I was alive.”
Maybe that was the point all along. Forget about the drugs, the murder and absurd plot twists- at its heart this show was simply the last chance of a dying man to really live, and what it takes to be a man daring enough to take that chance.
In the end, Walt came full circle, from an unfulfilled guy with a death sentence and nothing left to lose, to a man who has lost everything in pursuit of the one thing he was actually able to love.
Serendipitously, the sum of Walt’s dastardly deeds worked out the way he wanted. He tricks Gretchen and Elliot Shwartz into giving his remaining millions to his son, solidifying that his descent into crime was not all for nothing.
Fans attending the Final Viewing in Hollywood raised over two million dollars for Kind Campaign, an anti bullying non-profit organization founded by Aaron Paul’s wife, Lauren.
All bad things must come to an end, so they have said, and perhaps in this case it is a good thing Breaking Bad didn’t succumb to the luxury of time wringing the raw out of the series. Just look at what happened to Dexter. They say its better to burn out than fade away, and the Breaking Bad finale most certainly burned spectacularly bright for its last breath of life.
After a tumultuous 5 year relationship with Breaking Bad, this might not have been the ending we wanted, but its the ending we deserved.