Hi, my name is Mishka Brice, and I am a Breaking Bad addict.

I binged watched all summer, and stared at my TV screen intensely every Sunday night. I just couldn’t help myself. Unfortunately, my withdrawal begins as the addiction ends. AMC’s Breaking Bad aired its series finale and I, along with the many other BBAddicts, must now suffer the “Breaking Bad Blues.”

Breaking Bad’s finale racked in an estimate of about 10.3 million viewers Sunday night. After the pilot episode first premiered, no one would have thought that this six year journey would have accumulated so many dedicated fans, or even last so long.  There was something about this show that made it unique, raw, and different from what anyone has seen on television before.

“The show’s concept is so different,” said junior Victoria Harrington. “It was one of those shows that you never know what’s going to happen, and it keeps you wanting to watch more the next week.”


Closure. Redemption. Revenge. These were the central themes floating around in the finale episode, “FeLiNa” – an anagram that represents the show using elements from the periodic table. Iron (Fe) is found in blood, lithium (Li) is used to make methamphetamine and sodium (Na) is found in tears. Little details like this are what made the show stand out from others. The writers never put something in an episode coincidentally; there was always a reason behind it.

As tensions run high, Walt decides to clear up some unfinished business before his forthcoming demise. He pays a visit to the Shwartz’s, the people who had turned his life upside down by ripping him off in his part of the share of the company he co-founded. He forces them to launder his drug money as charity money towards his son’s college funds. He ensures he’ll have their word by carrying out a hitman hoax, using Jesse Pinkman’s old friends Skinny and Badger. Walt then pays a visit to his wife Skylar and gives her what she’s been wanting all along: the truth. He reveals that though his initial intention of getting involved in the drug business was for his family’s welfare, he ended up doing it for himself. He was power crazed and was always hungry for more whether it was money or reverence. The truth of the matter was that he was “good at what he did” and he got the respect he deserved. Bidding his final farewell to his baby girl Holly, he continues onto his path of the end.

Walt meets up with business (drug) partners Todd and Uncle Jack and requests for his ex-chemistry student and drug partner in crime, Jesse Pinkman. As a poor, beaten Jesse walks into the room, he and Walt share one final glare before what would go down as another one of Walt’s many mastermind plans. With the click of a garage key button, an automatic weapon he devised out of garage parts and a rifle fires rapidly, injuring Jack and killing all of his prison inmates. Walt finishes the job by executing Jack between the eyes and Jesse avenges his girlfriend Andrea’s death by choking the life out of the cold-hearted rookie, Todd. When the smoke finally clears, Walt offers Jesse the chance to finish him off, but as always, Jesse takes the high road and leaves him to deal with it himself.  At the end, Walt walks into the crib of his baby, the one true place he called home- the meth lab. Realizing that he was shot earlier in the shootout, Walt takes one last look at his reflection in the meth equipment and falls into the arms of his beloved, bleeding to death.

I could go on and on about the show, analyzing every little detail about it, but I will spare you all by saying this. I couldn’t be happier with the way this brilliant show had ended. It truly exemplified the deep meaning behind what this show was really about. Power is consuming and though at first it may otherwise, evil never prospers. Walter White had overcome the odds. He battled cancer, took out the biggest drug lords, and became one of the most respected drug lords himself. But that all came crashing down. His cancer had come back, he had been robbed of most of his money, and he had lost all of the people he loved the most while losing himself in the process.

Walter White. Heisenberg. Mr. White. These are the many names of the man who’s carried us through his frightening and chilling evolutionary journey of greed, money , and glory. Unfortunately, all bad things must come to an end.