Guys, not gonna happen. Season 4 will be the last, precisely because the producers WANT it to be remembered as the best show ever and want to stick to their original blueprint which was for 4 seasons of story,most likely ending with Walt’s death. Too many shows have got run into the ground because someone got greedy and kept the show going after it ran out of steam. Agreed tho, best show ever.
Once (ok, I had to repeat it several times) I read famous essay Tolstoy wrote on Shakespeare. The outcome of a general analysis of Shakespeare works, and King Lear in particular, as per Tolstoy is that he is at a loss to understand all that praise for the old master. Where exactly do Shakespeare characters fail is the following excerpt which I shall refer to as the law:
Now, even before I read the above, for a long time, since entering high school I think I had a hunch, a feeling, some sort of precognition of the law – to me very small number of novels qualifies, and dramatic TV shows even less.
Anyways, when I saw Braking Bad series I remembered the law (Tolstoy, being who he is, was a very rare writer who was capable of putting the law in words) and realized that my excitement about Breaking Bad, my totally unrestrained admiration comes from the ongoing realization that this is one of those rare storytelling works that does not break the law. At all! And I watched the whole series 4 times already.
What further confirms this show to be so tight and consistent is, as per Tolstoy, following corollary the law:
Some of the scenes in the show are quite long and pacing is slow but you don’t even notice because part of the individuality of the language is that not every character has to be *snappy *(you know, the new mantra for having a dialog that is not boring which then means that characters are interesting). Breaking Bad shows that language and the dialog do not need to be *snappy *to be worthy of praise. In fact, it is individuality of the language spoken by a character that is the true value in this show, the glue that keeps everything together. And Breaking Bad does not shy away from this and sticking to this corollary is what makes the whole show keep in line with the law.
The law sounds like one method by which writers can do something that’s at the heart of good storytelling. They have to show who the characters are, instead of just telling us. The method described above, of putting characters in positions requiring them to struggle, shows us the qualities of the characters.
In really good shows, all situations of struggle show us something about the characters struggling. Most bad shows forget this principle, especially in action or sex scenes. You can tell if a show is bad when an action scene comes up for no reason other than the fact that some writer felt the show needed more action. Not the case in Breaking Bad, where all the action is there for a reason, and tells us a lot about the characters involved.
I agree that The Wire is the best show in the history of the world. Inarguably.
But Breaking Bad is clearly better than every other show mentioned in this thread, with the possible exception of The Simpsons.