Breaking Bad was one of the greatest television shows in recent memory, in the eyes of some it’s been labeled as one of the greatest of all time, that’s a sentiment that I personally can’t disagree with, the show was spectacular. (forbes) I’ll admit that I came to the show very late as I never really could get myself into the show from the beginning, I tried watching but just felt out of place and would change to something else quickly, but that all changed when I watched the third show from the finale. (wikipedia) That one episode caught my attention and made me care about a show that had completely eluded me for many seasons leading up to that moment, I had heard how spectacular the show was and just shrugged it off, I became captivated by the character of Walter White and as a result I had to watch every single episode when it ran in a marathon up to the finale. (imdb) The show was spectacular, it came and went very quickly but at the end of the day it was the absolute most amazing show that I, or anyone else for that matter, have ever seen, the finale was outstanding and had one of the most beautiful final scenes in television history. (ew)
With such a stellar show it’s easy to have remorse about it’s ending, you may even had moments where you wish it were still running because you miss it so much, it’s completely understandable, but when said show featured the most perfect ending possible you typically shrug it off because you don’t want to tarnish the legacy it created. (mirror) Even before the show ended there was a spinoff in the works, Saul Goodman was a great character on the show so it seemed like such a wonderful idea to give him his own series as a result, except that it isn’t. (nytimes) In order for a spinoff of a successful show to work out you typically have to change things in some ways, the plan for this show is a prequel, which leaves the door open for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to return, something I feel shouldn’t happen unless it were to come at the very end of the series, unfortunately that doesn’t appear to be the plan. (independent) The problem with spinoffs is that they could go a couple different directions, on one side it could wind up being Joey, on the other other hand they could turn out to be the next Frasier, it’s such a fine line to walk and until the product is on the air you never really know which way it’ll fall. With a show as amazing as Breaking Bad you have to question if the risk is really worth the potential reward in this situation? For those of us who loved it, I say it’s not, and as a result the plug should be pulled immediately.