By Amanda Shaffer
Sept. 29 is going to be a sad day for many television viewers. The show that has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards and named No. 13 in the 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time by the Writers Guild of America is coming to an end.
The series finale of “Breaking Bad” is upon us.
“Breaking Bad” debuted on January 20, 2008, and ran only seven episodes the first season. The series will end with 62 episodes.
“Breaking Bad” depicts Walter “Walt” White (Bryan Cranston), a regular high school chemistry teacher whose life is turned into a life of crime after being diagnosed with stage-three terminal lung cancer. With a pregnant wife at home and a son who has cerebral palsy, White knows that if he dies he will leave his family with debts.
In order to make enough money for his cancer treatments and to leave his family a small fortune, White seeks help from one of his former students, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Pinkman and White partnered up to make methamphetamine to sell to local dealers in their New Mexico community.
White’s chemistry knowledge allows him to produce a pristine product to the dealers, which amazes many of them.
At the end of the first season, White decides to change his name in the drug world to “Heisenburg” in order to protect his family.
Each episode consists of the dangers and adventures that White and Pinkman have together fleeing from drug dealers; drug enforcement agents and random enemies.
The show has built up to Pinkman being taken hostage by Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons), an exterminator for a fumigation company that Pinkman and White used to sell meth after antagonist Gus Fring’s death.
Jack Welker (Michael Bowen) killed Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), White’s brother-in-law. After killing Schrader, Welker took six of the seven barrels that had been hiding White’s money, about $69 millions worth.
After asking Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), White’s shady lawyer, to make White a new identity, he is moved to a remote cabin in New Hampshire. The episode ends with White fleeing the cabin saying, “What I do is for my family. I will kill Jack and his crew, get my money back and give it to my children. Only them am I finished.”
Meanwhile, Pinkman picks the lock on his handcuffs and escapes Todd and Jack, but only for a while.
Welker and Alquist caught Pinkman at the property fence. After being captured again, the trio drove to Pinkman’s old girlfriend’s house, where they shoot and kill her in front of Pinkman.
All of the pieces are aligned for next week’s finale. The real question is- Who will be left alive?
From the beginning shot of White standing in a desert in his underwear, to an edge-of-your-seat second to last episode cliffhanger, “Breaking Bad” has caught the attention of millions, with the third to last episode bringing in 6.37 million U.S. viewers.
Now we wait for the final unveiling of whether Walter White will die from cancer, or drug dealers.