On Sept. 29, AMC aired the highly anticipated series finale of “Breaking Bad” and immediately afterward, TV critics praised Vince Gilligan for the finale that was truly memorable with a huge confession, a final shootout, and plenty of unexpected twists and turns – right up to the final moment. On Sunday night and Monday morning, TV critics across America reviewed and applauded the finale, as fans mourn the end of one of television’s best dramas ever.
Tom Gliatto from “People” stated, “’Breaking Bad’ was a string of breathless hairpin turns and violent reprisals told with the lean, muscular pace of a Roadrunner cartoon – really, it was always just a beat or two away from black comedy.” Robert Bianco from “USA Today” added, “In a stunning 75-minute extended finale, Vince Gilligan brought ‘Breaking Bad’ to a supremely fitting close, tying up all the loose ends in his modern classic AMC series and killing off his now iconic anti-hero Walter White. And he did so in a way that confirmed ‘Bad’ as one of TV’s greatest series – and star Bryan Cranston as one of America’s best actors.” Hank Stuever from the “Washington Post” wrote on Monday, “It was a quiet and deliberate comeuppance, closure and very little in the way of moral recompense.” TV critic Cynthia Littleton said on “Good Morning America” on Sept. 30, “The finale of ‘Breaking Bad’ is definitely going to rank high on the top five lists of all-time great series finales. It ended in the way that was satisfying and incredibly emotional for the audience.” Brian Lowry, TV columnist for “Variety,” stated, “The 75-minute finale written and directed by Gilligan perfectly capped a final arc that was all forward momentum, with barely an ounce of fat on it, and almost nary a false note. Beautifully played by Bryan Cranston, the episode saw Walt devise a brilliant way to launder his money, and – much like the Gus Fring chapters that remain the show’s highlight – used his wits to overcome a seemingly impregnable foe.”
The ratings are not yet in for the finale of “Breaking Bad,” but it will most certainly be the most watched episode to date. Online speculation reached fever pitch over the weekend, with bloggers across the country speculating about the fate of Walter White and what Vince Gilligan had in store for his tragic character.
So, “Breaking Bad” is no more. Walter White, player by Bryan Cranston, died, but only after exacting revenge and settling a score with mathematical precision. The biggest surprise of the finale was White’s confession about cooking meth. “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it, and I was really alive,” the high school chemistry teacher turned drug lord confessed to his wife, Skyler. Fans were most pleased about the fate of Jesse Pinkman, played brilliantly by Aaron Paul, who did not die in the season finale. He was given the opportunity to kill White, but chose freedom instead. The remaining dealers were killed in a bloodbath that involved a tricked out, remotely detonated machine gun. The only remaining character whose fate is still a mystery is Saul Goodman, White’s sleazy lawyer with a strip center office front. During the finale of “Breaking Bad,” he headed off to Omaha, perhaps to manage a Cinnabon. However, it’s not the end, but just the beginning for Goodman’s character. Bob Odenkirk, who portrayed Saul on “Breaking Bad,” is all set to star in an AMC spin-off titled “Better Call Saul.”
In the meantime, fans are praising “Bad’s” relentless and psychologically complex finale and cataclysmic meth-is-more finish. Just seconds after the final frame, they headed to Twitter to post their final thoughts on “Breaking Bad” and its finale. Below are a few posts from Sunday and Monday.
- “Something is missing this morning…oh right, no more @BreakingBad_AMC.” – Melissa Gilbert
- “Thank you so much for making bad so good.” – Bertie Gilbert
- “R.I.P. Breaking Bad. Forever.” – Seahaven
- “They got that so right.” – Alex Metric
- “I will never forget tonight.” – Andy Barron
- “What Breaking Bad did right was have the crescendo break at just the right time. Finale was like a good short film.”
To see AMC’s official trailer for last night’s “Breaking Bad” finale, be sure to watch the video above and to the left.
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