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The Troubling Afterlife of ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Pizza-Throwing Scene: 6 Things We Learned From Vince Gilligan’s Reddit AMA

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Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan hosted a lively Reddit AMA last night. From overzealous fans throwing pizza on an old lady’s roof while recreating a scene from the former to what cameos we can expect in upcoming Better Call Saul episodes, he answered viewers’ most pressing (and hilarious) questions. Highlights below:
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Devoted Designer Makes Posters for Each Episode of ‘Breaking Bad’

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Perhaps, like me, you fear you’re forgetting the intricacies of Breaking Bad in the wake of replacements like True Detective and Girls (as young Horvath’s moral degeneration is starting to seem inspired by Walter White’s). Like any deceased television show, the twisty plot lines that once monopolized the less twisty plot lines of my own non-meth-cooking life are fading into one scintillating, distant lump of desert, drugs, blood, and chicken. Luckily, Hungarian designer “Zsutti” (Zsolt Molnár) has created a poster for all 62 episodes; clicking through the slideshow on Uproxx creates a sensation akin to flipping through a family photo album, awakening dormant memories I’d taken for lost. (Ah, how I’ve missed Uncle Gus’ stoic intimidation and that adorable half-face of his; I’d been meaning to catch up with Cousin Severed Head Atop Tortoise, but we’ve been playing endless phone tag.) Here are some highlights from the poster series:
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Flavorwire’s Most Fascinating People of 2013

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It wouldn’t be the end of the year without an onslaught of top ten lists, and perhaps the least fascinating one is the most obvious: Barbara Walters’ most fascinating people of the year. She announced nine of the ten picks this week, and they’re not too surprising: Miley Cyrus, Kanye and Kim, the guys from Duck Dynasty, Jennifer Lawrence, Prince George. Yes, the baby. Walters’ picks, of course, give us the inspiration to come up with out own favorite pop culture heavyweights of the year. Here’s who we’d choose as the most fascinating — and each one of them can actually articulate thoughts through… Read More

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How Cutting the Cord Is Reinventing TV as Shared Cultural Experience

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Like pretty much everyone else, I watched the Breaking Bad finale Sunday night (if you haven’t seen it yet, you should probably stop reading here, because there will be spoilers ahead). But for all that I thought it was excellent, I don’t really want to write about the show itself, because there are enough talented writers doing that already — including our own Jason Bailey right here — and, to be completely honest, I’m all recapped out. But that in itself is an interesting subject of discussion, because the last couple of weeks of this show really felt like a shared cultural experience of the sort that seems rarer and rarer these days.
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Celebrities on Twitter Are Just as Sad About the ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale as You Are

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It ended last night. We always knew there would be a day when we could no longer rely on the White family to stress us out more than our own families do. The fact that Breaking Bad is now definitively over, after five pretty much perfect seasons (thank you, Vince Gilligan, for knowing that some things, however hard to admit, have to end), is something we’re all contending with. Last night and this morning, celebrities did the same thing you did: they turned to Twitter to announce their heartbreak.
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‘Breaking Bad’ Series Finale Recap: ‘Felina’

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There are only a handful of modern television shows whose finales seemed to be anticipated as feverishly as “Felina,” last night’s closing episode of Breaking Bad. The last one I can remember was Lost’s, and the interest swirling around that finale was mostly borne out of a desire to have the program’s numerous mysteries “solved” (for good or ill, as it turned out). There was a bit of that happening over the past few months (Who was that ricin for? Who all was going to die? How would it all end?); some of the hype was at least partially due to how many people have come to the show late, within this final half-season even (as the stunning uptick in its recent ratings can attest). But Breaking Bad also had its own reputation to live up to. Throughout the show’s run, it has knocked the air out of viewers with stunning set pieces: Hank’s shoot-out in the parking lot, Walt’s vehicular homicide, the combustion of Gus Fring, right up to that desert shoot-out three weeks ago. To go out properly, the final Breaking Bad would have to equal those moments. Breaking Bad went out properly.
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‘Breaking Bad’ Season 5, Episode 15 Recap: ‘Granite State’

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Throughout its run, Breaking Bad has contemplated the horror of a seemingly good man’s transformation into a monster. But the show’s penultimate episode, “Granite State,” digs deeper and asks which is sadder: that conversion, or the subsequent station of a man who fancies himself a monster, yet can no longer pull it off? In the bunker that Walter White shares with Saul Goodman before they part ways for the last time, he formulates a final, desperate plan to hit Jack’s gang and “take back what is mine.” But that plan is out of his reach—those are the people he gets to execute that kind of assignment, not receive it—and when Walt tries to threaten Saul into helping, he collapses in a coughing fit. The brilliant drug kingpin can no longer even intimidate his squirrely lawyer. Later, he stands at the gate of his survivalist cabin, stashed away in snowy isolation; his parka is stuffed with cash, his Heisenberg hat has been retrieved from his bag and symbolically returned to his head. But he coughs and hacks, and can’t go any further. “Tomorrow,” he assures himself. “Tomorrow.”
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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

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There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Brooklyn Nine-Nine kicks off while The Newsroom winds down.
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Walter White Didn’t Break — He Was Always Bad

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We are still two episodes away from learning the ultimate fate of Walter White. But in a way, we’ve known for quite some time. We didn’t even need that first scene of this (half-)season, in which a rumpled-looking Walt freaks out a neighbor, to learn he’d survive. For quite some time, Vince Gilligan has been telling us that the series’ whole raison d’être is to show a person’s gradual moral degeneracy — so we know that this is a story in which Heisenberg will ultimately triumph over Walt, and Heisenberg is a parasite on Walt, who would never be able to make it on its own. With that conceit, everything in Breaking Bad has been about execution: the acting being great overall, the plotting bar none on series television. I have some issues with the way the women on the show have been written but the quibbles are minor, even irrelevant.
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‘Breaking Bad’ Season 5, Episode 14 Recap: “Ozymandias”

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The opening credits—actors, designers, producers, writer, director—that usually run immediately after the first commercial break didn’t show up in this week’s episode of Breaking Bad until nearly halfway into the show. It was a smart move; this week in particular, resolving as it did the cliffhanger of last week’s desert shoot-out, no one would be looking at them. Not that writer Moira Walley-Beckett was all about instant delivery; the episode cruelly opens far from where we want to be, chronologically if not geographically, with Walt and Jesse back in the RV during season one (episode one, to be precise). It’s a prologue full of little in-jokes: Walt rehearsing his the first of a long series of lies to Skylar, her suggestion that he pick up a pizza on the way home (keep it off the roof!), her proposal of the name “Holly” for their unborn daughter. But this prologue isn’t just a delaying tactic or a sop to nostalgia; as the figures and vehicles of the past fade and reappear in the present on either side of the title card, it’s yet another opportunity to reflect on exactly how far these characters have fallen.
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