The Greatest American Antihero

Walter White is badder than ever, but has dark TV become a cliché?


Breaking Bad

When last we saw Walter White on Breaking Bad, his parting words were: "I won." A chemistry teacher turned crystal-meth dealer, Walt (Bryan Cranston) had just killed his drug-lord boss turned nemesis, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), a crime that involved engineering a murder-suicide, setting off a bomb in a retirement home and poisoning (though not fatally) a child. Walt--who has always told himself he is a decent man, a principled man, a family man--had defeated not only Gus but also his own last remaining scruple.

Now Walt is king: king of the greater Albuquerque, N.M., meth business and of cable drama's...

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