Breaking Bad finale: why the series became must-see TV
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This image released by AMC shows Bryan Cranston, left, and Aaron Paul in a scene from Breaking Bad." (AP Photo/AMC, Frank Ockenfels ) The Associated Press
After five seasons, the dark and addictive TV series Breaking Bad comes to an end this weekend.
Bryan Cranston's acclaimed turn as chemistry teacher-turned-villainous meth-maker Walter White has earned the veteran actor a trio of consecutive best-actor Emmys as well as a place among American television's recent pantheon of compelling antiheroes, joining the late James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano, Michael C. Hall's Dexter Morgan and Jon Hamm's Don Draper.
"Walter White is a Shakespearean tragic character," TV screenwriter and producer Denis McGrath told CBC News.
"It is absolutely out of the playbook and I think that's what makes [the show] have such resonance."
In the attached video, Eli Glasner explores why Breaking Bad became must-watch television.
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