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Breaking Bad - argh!

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moutonfou Sun 14-May-17 10:47:53

Have been rewatching with DH.

I watch it because I find the other characters engaging but is it just me who can't stand Walter White? He has a chip on his shoulder the size of Russia and apparently hates everybody, is a whiny egotist, and I find it hard to see what supposed redeeming features he has that attracted Skylar to him in the first place.

Or is the whole point that he's unbearable?!

BeeFarseer Sun 14-May-17 10:53:55

He is completely unbearable, I agree. But I love to loathe him.

Completely randomly, I had a taxi driver who looked like Heisenberg the other day. He was only missing the hat!

ImBreakingBad Sun 14-May-17 10:57:50

As you can probably guess I'm a massive fan - I've watched the entire series 6 times blush

AlternativeTentacle Sun 14-May-17 11:00:10

Yes but Jessie. grin

raviolidreaming Sun 14-May-17 11:00:57

I never got passed 4 episodes. Walt's son (or someone) said they didn't care if he lived or died (or something) and I realised I didn't either.

ExcuseMyEyebrows Sun 14-May-17 11:01:38

Yes, he's deliberately hateful - after a while at any rate. He starts off as benign Walt, Dad, mild mannered husband, and builds up to loathsome, murdering amoral Heisenberg.

I love the character development in Breaking Bad, I detested Hank to begin with but in the end he was my favourite character.

I'm rewatching too and enjoying it even more this time.

Charley50 Sun 14-May-17 11:08:01

Ooh I think I might give it a re watch too.

SumThucker Sun 14-May-17 11:12:21

I liked Walt, at first. Never liked Skylar though.

Eggsellent Sun 14-May-17 11:14:35

Yy I love how Walt starts out as a nice guy and gradually turns into a nasty evil murderer and Jessie goes from being a twat to a really lovely guy

Madbengalmum Sun 14-May-17 11:16:10

Skylar was a pita. Loved this but found the third/fourth series cant remember which, really slow.

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Sun 14-May-17 11:16:12

Its a brilliant bit of character development. Loved it. Yes he was horrible by the end.

TakemedowntoPotatoCity Sun 14-May-17 11:16:41

The whole genius of this series is based on the fact that the protagonist turns into someone deeply unlikeable yet you are so invested by this point that you still care for them.

ElspethFlashman Sun 14-May-17 11:18:01

I liked Walt when he was a mild mannered teacher, but he evolved into a thundering prick. But that was the point wasn't it? Power corrupts.

And yeah Hank was the opposite. I could barely watch his scenes in the beginning cos he was such an asshole but he became an amazing character. Actually if I was ever to rewatch (unlikely cos it's such hard going) it would be 100% for Hank.

I always had massive sympathy for Skyler though.

Lj8893 Sun 14-May-17 11:18:38

Oh yes, I couldn't stand him! Loved Jessie and Hank though!

badgersnotincluded Sun 14-May-17 11:19:44

I found that both Walter and Jesse switched between likeable to unlikable during the series. It's a difficult one to binge watch as the flip-flopping doesn't give the characters time to develop and you wonder why they're suddenly behaving so differently.

Good series though. Satisfying ending, which is rare.

ZilphasHatpin Sun 14-May-17 11:20:53

I loved the character development of all the characters.

One thing I did find really uncomfortable was how "empty" their neighbour hood was. It was like there were no other residents. No children playing outside. It was barren. Same with hanks neighbourhood. Why was it so eerily quiet?

yakattack Sun 14-May-17 11:21:18

I'm just working my way through BB and have got to the end of the 4th season. I agree, so far Walter is just getting more and more horrible, whereas I love Jesse.

The season 4 finale with Gus 😮

SumThucker Sun 14-May-17 11:27:01

Yes, the Gus in the residential home scene was excellent.

PuppyMonkey Sun 14-May-17 11:29:28

Watched it for the second time a while back too and yes I think Walt definitely goes bad - the clue is in the title. grin

Love Hank, love Jesse, love Mike, love Badger and Thingy, felt quite sorry for Skyler on second viewing and still hated Marie.

sandylion Sun 14-May-17 11:39:29

One of my biggest issues with BB was that Walt just pretty much became a bastard and that was that. I think the show could have developed the characters much better than they did.

ElspethFlashman Sun 14-May-17 11:41:56

I do think he gained insight and regret by the end though so he had started to swerve partially back again. Not that he ever could be who he used to, but he was a bit more human than he had been.

Strummerville Sun 14-May-17 11:45:00

You have made me want to watch it all over again grin. I loved the character development in BB. LOVED it. He's not a great guy, no. But the writing...and Bryan Cranston's performance...oh my God, so good.

Currently loving Better Call Saul for the exact same reason.

A very different show, but Dennis in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He is a horrible person (they all are) but the way the show has hinted all along that he may be something much, much worse is one of its joys and one of my favourite things about it. Bad people can make great telly!

waybalooo Sun 14-May-17 11:51:25

I like Walter.. but omg his bloody wife is so annoying

Trifleorbust Sun 14-May-17 11:55:48

Walt is unbearable. Jesse and Hank are amazing. Marie rocks my world ha ha.

Effendi Sun 14-May-17 11:57:10

BB is in my top 5. I'm jealous of anyone who has not watched it yet.
Think I'll have to re-watch it now.

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