So another year to wait for the golden globes 2014 but the awards season from this year is far from over. The Oscars is the big award show the one that people deem that matters but the nominations are not even out yet. The oscar nominations will be announced in a few days and the award show will take place on March 2nd which is very late this year. Anyway last nights awards have caused a stir in my opinion but I am glad that it has. People seem to be upset about the winners and the nominees so far and this makes me look forward to he oscars as I don’t think the people who won at the golden globes will necessarily win at the oscars. I was surprised to see that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender lose out to Matthew McConaughy and Jared Leto. I do think awards shows are strange as 12 Years a Slave won best Drama but the actors did not win. If it was voted best film surely it should triumph in all categories. It missed out on everything except best drama. I still predict that 12 Years a Slave will do well at the Baftas and I reckon at the oscars it may clean up as well.
I was also surprised to see Jennifer Lawrence win as I felt her role in American Hustle was very underwhelming. I do like her a lot but if she goes on to win an oscar this year she will just become the next Meryl Streep who gets nominated for the sake of a nomination rather than actually being one of the best roles. DiCaprio won for best actor in a comedy and took a jab at the Hollywood foregin press by joking about his fellow comedians who were nominated. Unfortunately I think DiCaprio may miss out on an oscar nomination and I feel that even if he picks up a nomination he will not win. So far in the film awards it is interesting and this may be one of the best awards seasons in years as it doesn’t seem to be predictable.
Bryan Cranston rightly won for his role of Walter White in Breaking Bad and the show itself won for best drama. This was a really fitting send out for the show. So many people were impressed by Breaking Bad and having Cranston win was predictable but it was what everyone including myself wanted. It was also good to see Robin Wright win for House of Cards which is due to return on Netflix in February.
Here is the full list of winners.
Winner: 12 Years a Slave
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: American Hustle
ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Winner: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club as Ron Woodroof)
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Winner: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine as Jasmine Francis)
ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street as Jordan Belfort)
ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Amy Adams (American Hustle as Sydney Prosser)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle as Rosalyn Rosenfeld)
Winner: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Winner: Spike Jonze (Her)
Winner: Alex Ebert (All Is Lost)
Winner: Ordinary Love by U2 and Danger Mouse (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: The Great Beauty
Winner: Breaking Bad
MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad as Walter White)
ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Robin Wright (House of Cards as Claire Underwood)
ACTOR, MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Jake Peralta)
ACTRESS, MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation as Leslie Knope)
ACTOR, MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra as Liberace)
ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake as Robin Griffin)
Winner: Jon Voight (Ray Donovan as Mickey Donovan)
Winner: Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge as Lady Livinia Cremone)
MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Behind the Candelabra
Breaking Bad has now finished, no more episodes unfortunately. Breaking Bad came onto our screens back in 2008 and after 5 fantastic seasons it has come to a conclusive end. I am upset that the show has ended but I am glad that it ended well. It is good that the story came to a conclusive end rather than dragging out and ending by cancellation. The show has constantly delivered and surprised its audience and I’m sure the writers could have written more but I personally think that the show ended at the appropriate time. The show is one of my favorite shows due to its great stories and characters and I think that the show has left a fantastic Legacy and people who are not born yet will watch this show and it will be known as one of the greats.
This weeks episode starts off with Walt in New Hampshire breaking into a car and fearing he may be caught. Walt then arrives back in Albuquerque and confronts Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz. Initially you think he is going to kill them but he gives them all of his money and asks them to set up a grant for his family. His family must not know the money is actually from Walt. in Granite State Walt sees the Schwartz’s on Charlie Rose talking about a trust they have set up to support people addicted to Meth. Walt believes that Skylar and Junior will accept the money from the Schwartz’s if they think it is from them. Walt says if they fail to do so he has hired two hit men to kill them if they fail to. Laser sights point at the Schwartz’s and they take Walt seriously. We later find out that Walt was just tricking them as the guys pointing the lasers were simply Badger and Skinny Pete. It is then established that after this Walt goes to the Denny’s to pick up the machine gun and back to his house to pick up the ricin.
Walt then confronts Todd and Lydia and says he needs money and wants to sell some new formula to create meth without methlamine. They reluctantly agree to Walt’s proposition but plan to have him killed as they know he is dangerous, wanted from the police and dying. Lydia then looks for more Stevia to put in her tea. The waiter hands her one from the table Walt was sitting at before he approached them. Walt then goes to see Skylar and admits everything he did was not for the family but for him, he said it made him feel alive. Walt is then seen testing out a mechanism for the machine gun. He also gives Skylar the location of where Hank and Steve are buried and informs her that he is going after his old associates. Walt arrives at the Aryan compound at night and drives up to the club house. Jack and Todd tell him they are not interested in his proposition and are going to kill him. Walt shouts at them saying they did not kill Jesse and are now partnered with him. Jack is furious and brings out Jesse to prove they are not partners but Jesse is his slave. Walt attacks Jesse tackling him to the ground. As this happens Walt reaches activates his keys and the machine gun from his boot begins to fire and kill the Aryans.
Walt is then wounded by the gun and so is Jack. Todd avoids getting hit but in the aftermath Jesse kills Todd. Walt approaches Jack who says if he kills him he will never find the money. Lydia then calls Todd but Walt answers the phone. Lydia has flu like symptoms and Walt informs her he poisoned her with ricin and she only has a few days left to live. Walt simply shoots him in the head. Walt throws the gun to Jesse asking him to kill him. Jesse asks him to say that’s what he wants. Walt says so .Jesse sees that Walt is wounded and says he should do it himself if he wants it. Jesse then drives off crying into the night. Walt is left wounded at the compound and walks into the meth lab that he designed. The police can be seen arriving at the scene. Walt looks at his reflection which resembles himself when he lost his hair. He then falls the ground leaving a blood hand print on the container. Walt is seen lying dead on the ground and the police arrive in the room and surround his dead body.
For me the series has come full circle. Walt has achieved what he wanted to by leaving some of the money he made to his family. He was also able to save Jesse from the hell he had been living for a few months. He also avenged Hank’s death and secured Skylar’s name. Despite in his final moments Walt was Heisenberg it makes me think that Heisenberg is nothing but a name and the good man who is Walter White was always there. Walt had a difficult journey and although he was not able to leave his family all the money he had ever made he left them enough which was his original intent when he started cooking meth.
Jesse and Walt reflect each other in this episode in my opinion. They both look worn out and rough. They are both bearded and have longer hair. At the end they are equals. Jesse was now an experienced cook even though it was against his will. Also they both proved that they were good people. Walt saved Jesse and Jesse spared Walt’s life. I am very glad that Jesse did not kill Walt as I do think their inner goodness and their father and son relationship was stronger than vengeance.
Overall the show is fantastic and it came to an appropriate end. The show made me sad as well. I was so sad to see Walt admit he was selfish as well as seeing him accept his death. The show was emotional and it worked so well. I am glad too have watched this show and although the suprise will be gone I will re watch this show again and again for its brilliant content.A Saul Spin off is also being talked about at the moment but will be a prequel to Breaking Bad. I did like Saul as a character but I think his standalone story will not be as interesting as the Breaking Bad storyline. Breaking Bad is the best show on television in my opinion and I don’t know if anything will be able to replace it ever.
What did you think of Breaking Bad? Was the finale a good end to the story? Please comment and thanks for reading.