Breaking Bad and Making People Care


Were you hooked on “Breaking Bad“? Even if you haven’t seen the show and aren’t interested at all, it’s been hard to escape the hype as the show drew to its close Sunday night. While the reviews of the finale, titled ‘Felina’ in an allusion to a Marty Robbins song heard in the episode and an anagrame of ‘finale’, have been positive, there have been some complaints that the show tied things up too neatly.
The debate about what we can or should expect from the ending demonstrates how deeply fans of the show have engaged with the characters and story arc. The show itself focused on moral dilemmas, involving the audience by playing with our sympathies towards an, in the end, extremely unsympathetic, if still human, character. How could people empathize with Walter White after everything he did? Gruesome subject aside, the writers did a fantastic job of holding our attention and ramping up the driving tension of the show to ever more insane heights.

On the last episode and the series: boingboing, Time, Variety, NY Times, WaPo, Slate, The Atlantic. All 62 episodes ranked – EW

To catch up on the earlier seasons of the show and/or investigate the mechanics of compelling screen story-telling:

Breaking bad. The complete first season / created by Vince Gilligan. – V-TV G545 Bre DVD
Breaking bad. The complete second season / created by Vince Gilligan – V-TV G545 Bre2 DVD
Breaking bad. The complete third season / created by Vince Gilligan – V-TV G545 Bre3 DVD
Breaking bad. The complete fourth season / created by Vince Gilligan – V-TV G545 Bre4 DVD
Breaking bad. The complete fifth season / created by Vince Gilligan – V-TV G545 Bre5 DVD


Save the cat! : the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need / Blake Snyder. – PN1996 .S65 2005


Writing great characters : the psychology of character development in screenplays / Michael Halperin. – PN1996 .H27 1996


Writing great screenplays for film and TV / Dona Cooper. – PN1996 .C813 1997

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