I’M COMPLETELY late to this Breaking Bad party. Been dealing with the big-C, and I don’t mean the cook!
After a marathon of meth labs and cartel face offs, I’m caught up with Walter White, and have come to conclusion he is a malignant tumour.
‘Who is it you think you see?’ You’re staring cancer in the face, that’s for sure!
Jesse, Skyler, Hank, they’ve all been diagnosed and are struggling to deal with the all-consuming stage-5 Heisenberg.
Let’s face it, cancer acts like a bubble; a bunch of rogue cells doesn’t just affect one body, it spreads its psychological grip on friends and loved ones in its wake.
Mine didn’t cause two planes to collide – well, not to my knowledge (hurriedly pockets an eyeball) – but cancer certainly has a butterfly effect. And Walt has taken his diagnosis to highly volatile heights.
Vince Gilligan’s intense writing makes it easy for me to twitch the net curtains along with other Breaking Bad viewers, wanting to see the carcinogenic Mr White surgically removed by Schrader and the DEA.
But I guess if Walt’s journey towards the dark side of Heisenberg is complete, then I only have to flex my own scar to remind myself how easy it is to go to that extremely shady place.
No matter how long cancer is in your life, it leaves you with two choices. Either learn to live with it or be overwhelmed by it.
Walter’s head is easily the flipside of these stark choices and allows us to see the path we only assume we wouldn’t take.
Bryan Cranston’s heavy-duty character development has become an anthropomorphised metastasising growth.
Just when you think Walter is under control, he aggressively makes little distinction between child and whistle blower.
So Pinkman is frantically chucking his blood money away, wanting rid, and Skyler is certainly staring at an exponential mass of sorts.
‘How much is enough? How big does this pile have to be?’
Well, Sky, I hope for your sake there’s some remission from the one who knocks.
But cancer leaves a lasting legacy, and for all the right and sociopathic reasons, Breaking Bad certainly will at that.
AMC’s Breaking Bad is currently streaming on Netflix