walter white per season appreciation

posted 7 months ago with 2 notes

jesus christ, this one’s hard..

xwhat’s the point of all this? why am i here? there is no choice and this is who i am. i have a habit of lying and i do it no better than to myself. and you and i, the definition of opposites, are just the same. more in common with each other than anyone else. but maybe there is no one else. 

maybe that’s why i don’t like to run through open doors.”

"I think that Jesse is an Achilles’ heel for Walt. Heisenberg, pure Heisenberg, would have had Jesse killed a long time ago. He’s erratic, he’s emotional, he’s not entirely reliable. But for whatever reason, Walt has an affection for Jesse. He’s acted against his own best business interests time and again in order to protect the person who has become sort of a second son. It’s funny, in the beginning, they were such a fun odd couple that we really worked hard not to make them be too cutesy-cutesy together. We never saw them as friends. Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, nothing like that. We really wanted to keep the tension between them. But over the years, the connection between the actors, just in terms of their experiences, were so profound it just made sense to us that Walt would be very protective of Jesse. Or rather, he’s grown very protective of Jesse. It’s probably something Walt wouldn’t even be able to admit to himself because they really have nothing in common.”

"Well, there’s been a series of lines that Walt has crossed along the way, and I think Jesse may be one of the last. Walt has sold little bits of his soul piece by piece, and I think he’s holding on tight to the Jesse part because that may be one of the last pieces he has.

"In a way, Walt is a blind spot to Jesse as well. He can’t see that Walt cares for him.

- Sam Catlin, writer on Breaking Bad.

Backstage Polaroid of Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.
Backstage Polaroid of Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

The One Who Knocked First

As Breaking Bad winds down, conventional wisdom says it’s a contender for Best Show Ever, along with The Wire and The Sopranos. No argument there. But major argument here: The Shield should be in that conversation, too. Shawn Ryan’s saga of Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and the Strike Team, which aired on FX from 2002 to 2008, remains—pardon the expression—criminally underrated. It was every bit as riveting and consistent as Breaking Bad. And the two shows are also remarkably similar. In many ways, The Shield was Breaking Bad before Breaking Bad.