Sorry to beat on a dead horse, but this is the obvious: Breaking Bad is good. Hell, great. Fantastically Fantastic, although writing that is tantamount to underselling the show.
It's such a great show that it's being used for English college courses: English class has never been so interesting or entertaining, that's for sure.
But, gentle readers, faithful fans, and the occasional naysayer reading this article right now, there remains a problem: There's still five months left to go for the last 8 episodes to air, and that's an eternity in Television terms.
Never-mind the acting or the cinematography or the great music selections or even the story-line or characters: the fact that, in this day and age of ADHD television shows and cheap fart cartoons, a show with an arc like this, with no never-ending years to end up played out and boring, is a landmark in and of itself.
The show is a modern day Greek-tragedy: you couldn't find a better tragedy if you ripped it from the bowels of Sophocles, himself.
In this case, the supposed "hero" of the piece, Walter White, turns out to be, in my opinion, the lead villain of the show. I mean, what kind of man refuses paid medical treatment for lung cancer just to save his own pride and to cook meth?
For four and a half or seasons, we've seen this man become who he always wanted to be: someone with power. With the money, resources, and strategy to get rid of everyone in hsi way.
Forget Gray Matter; it's Heisenberg Enterprises nowadays.
Walter White or Walt Whitman: One guy likes to delve into the abyss and indulge his dark/native side, while the other celebrates life. I think this will become more obvious whenever those last 8 episodes come to pass(and hopefully Jesse lives.)
I leave you with the poem that explains this entire show below: It's a Walt Whitman poem, and comparisons are not enough if this poem is read right.
GLIDING o'er all, through all,
Through Nature, Time, and Space,
As a ship on the waters advancing,
The voyage of the soul--not life alone,
Death, many deaths I'll sing.