Breaking Bad: Why Walter White is the “Relatable” Anti-Hero

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Bryan Cranston, pre-Heisenberg

For avid Breaking Bad fans that have been following the series since the beginning we sadly bid farewell to chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin last Sunday, as the series officially wrapped. When we first met Walter Hartwell White in those infamous tidy whities in season one, little did we as an audience realize the journey we would be willing to go on. For those unfamiliar with the show, my initial question for you is, “Have you been hiding under a rock?”

To ease into the series, the journey began five seasons back with a man named Walter White. He’s the embodiment of any typical father: a high school chemistry teacher, married, with a teenage son and baby on the way. You know, a family man. When he finds out on his 50th birthday he has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, he pairs up with a former student and begins cooking crystal meth as a way to secure his family’s financial future before he dies. As he embarks on a career of drugs and significant amount of crime throughout each season, Walter White, turned “Heisenberg” proves to be extremely skillful in this new world learning to manufacture and sell the drug. Oh, did I mention his brother-in-law is a DEA agent? Continue reading