Arts & Entertainment

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” finale wows audiences

By: Grant Vance

The finale of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” was not only executed with perfect mastery and skill but gave audiences finality and closure that often times aren’t rewarded to long-time fans of a show.

This show deserves so much respect and praise that it’s hard to know where to begin without simply listing every way “Breaking Bad” is the most superior television show of this generation.

This series packs every season with such brilliance, the only way to look at these seasons separately is to compare one masterpiece to another.

The show’s fifth season, divided into two eight-episode parts, is a beautifully crafted end to Walter White and his escapades.

It brings its anti-hero to his lowest point: White to full-throttle Heisenburg. The consequences to every decision made up to this point are seen played out, and the sight is not a pretty one for the White family and everyone close to them.

Creator Vince Gilligan said that he wanted to see the transition from Mr. Chips to Scarface within his masterfully crafted anti-hero, and boy, did he pull this off.

Gilligan can’t get enough praise for his creation.

He not only created a consistently excellent show, but also chose to end it when he felt he could tell his best story, rather than dragging it out for a cash grab – truly an admirable feat.

While Vince Gilligan deserves most of the praise, the amazing cast should not be forgotten.

For a television show especially, there is some well-crafted acting.

The careers of Bryan Cranston (Walter White), Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), Anna Gunn (Skylar White) and Dean Norris (Hank Schrader) – just to name a few – are sure to skyrocket after their incredible performances as these characters.

The end of “Breaking Bad” marks the end of the pinnacle example of the “golden age of television.”

With its great acting, beautiful cinematography and masterful story, the show will be missed. Fans of “Breaking Bad” will be able to purchase the complete series box, which will be released on Nov. 26.

Fans can also hold onto the hope for the rumored spin-off series, focused around many fans’ favorite sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman.