Breaking Point

What ending does Walter White deserve?

Breaking bad may have the worst title of any great TV show ever. Hands up: Who has any idea what it means? Who has used the phrase in any conversation not about the show itself? (If you're curious: Break bad, creator Vince Gilligan has said, is regional slang from his home state of Virginia meaning "raise hell.")

But when you look at the title in light of the series' story--Albuquerque, N.M., chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) becomes a murderous drug lord--it's perfect. Think of breaking in the sense of curving. What breaks? A slider in baseball. A golf ball on...

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