With countless articles written, interviews given, predictions of how it will end, a New Yorker magazine cover illustration , and even a piece in The Economist analyzing the Heisenberg business model, the AMC series Breaking Bad will air its final episode tonight.
When was the last time a TV series sent such a buzz through pop culture, M*A*S*H, Dallas's Who shot J.R.?
The critically acclaimed series has steadily built up a viewership by word-of- mouth as much as formal promotion, and now as it is set to end the media attention is through the roof.
Discussions of Walter White's deepest motivations and probes into his schizoid parenting style and twisted family values abound, especially on AMC's companion talk show Talking Bad. Who has he been a worse father figure to, his ex-partner Jesse Pinkman, or his own son Junior (Flynn) and baby daughter Holly? Is Skyler, in her own way, just as bad as Walt? Is Jesse truly a 'rat'? Who is the ricin that Walt retrieved from his former house for? Who will remain standing when the smoke clears... anyone?
Tonight will be the last lesson in 'Bad' chemistry.