By Joe Pudas
No, really. Stop getting so excited about the return of Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad is not so much returning as it is ending. When October rolls around, that’s it. Sure, we might get a spinoff following the wacky misadventures of everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer, but that’s small consolation. The best television show of all time is almost over and nothing will replace it.
This isn’t to say there aren’t other great shows on television, but none of them can measure up to Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan’s show went from being a brilliant but uneven dramedy with a concept that sounded like Weeds on meth to being the richest, most devastating portrait of American hubris ever put on television or the silver screen.
In fact, I’m going to come right out and say it: Breaking Bad is the Great American Novel. It just happens to be a TV show.
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