Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad creator always said the show would turn Mr. Chips into Scarface, and boy did he make good on that promise. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) earned our sympathy in the excellent pilot of Breaking Bad, as Gilligan skillfully piled on a set of circumstances that made us root hard for Walt: his financial struggles, his spoiled students, his career disappointments, other kids making fun of his disabled son.

By the final season of Breaking Bad, Walter White was very much on top — of the Albuquerque drug trade, and of the world. But even if you could justify his murder of his criminal rivals, it was hard to forgive him for his role hooking countless people on incredibly strong meth, or his willingness to jeopardize the lives of innocent people — including children — in his quest for control.

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