The Day When Breaking Bad Broke Loose

It’s been 8 years today since the premiere of a TV show that would turn out to be one of the greatest phenomena in the television program of the 21st century.

That day saw Vince Gilligan presenting the pilot episode of “Breaking Bad”, starring Bryan Cranston as a terminally ill chemistry teacher/crystal meth manufacturer Walter White.

Let’s remember just a few of the accolades this TV show has won since it first aired: sixteen Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globes, two Peabody Awards, two Critics’ Choices, and four Television Critics Association Awards. For his performance, Cranston won the Primetime Emmy, as an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – four times.

Some estimations counted 10.3 million watchers of the final episode!

“Breaking Bad” also gave birth to a spin-off, another great TV show, “Better Call Saul”, based on one of the series’ characters, Saul Goodman.

Now, it would be a sin not to mention some brilliant symbols in the final episode of the series. One of those moments has strong ties to music. The episode was called “Felina”, as a reference to the 1959 song “El Paso” by Marty Robbins. Felina is also an anagram for “Finale” (thus putting a definite end to the series and auto-preventing in advance from making that eternal mistake of creators of TV shows, of making unexpected and illogical sequels, motivated by commercial reasons). The symbols go on and on. “Fe”, “Li”, and “Na” stand for iron, lithium, and sodium. This attention to detail is one of the trademarks of the entire series.

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After the TV show’s ending, Bryan Cranston made several acclaimed roles, most notably in biopics “Trumbo” and “All The Way”.

“Breaking Bad” is over. Some would call it bad news, but actually it was meant to be. However, the good news is that the third season of “Better Call Saul” is right around the corner. So, what are we waiting for?

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