the legacy of Breaking Bad and Walter White

Once the premise is raised, the viewer cannot help but sympathize with this “poor man” whose life (as we will discover through the series) has been a succession of unfortunate episodes. We know that what he does is wrong, but there is a cause behind, a motivation that many may feel as valid in a desperate situation, something that Walter White himself believed that way. However, that motivation was only the kickoff for something much greater: the birth of his alter ego and finally his definitive identity, “Heisenberg.”


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Convert the protagonist into the antagonist, corrupt him to the extreme and make it clear that the Walter White that we saw in the first episode and that of the last one are the same, but opposite, therein lies the question. The protagonist’s illness was not the justification for his actions, it was the necessary catalyst to free an oppressed man from all his ties. “I am not in danger, I am danger” is one of the most remembered phrases of the series, it is “Heisenberg” speaking through Walter, and we are all witnesses that there is no return.

The great key to why Breaking Bad is today a reference is how it has built its legacy. A story simmered, but not slow, absolute evolution in every aspect. It had excellent secondary characters, (Jesse Pinkman has his own journey) but at the end of the day the story is sustained on the back of its protagonist, a great Bryan Cranston who has undoubtedly given us a character to remember. A character that Cranston himself has earned the recognition of the public and critics in general, and that opened doors to other projects such as: “Argo”, “Trumbo” for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Leading Actor and “The Intruder”. He has reprized the role of Walter White in “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” and many fans dream of seeing him at least one more time in the last season of “Better Call Saul” spin off series of “Breaking Bad”.