Advertisements I'm currently halfway thru season 4 and this is one of the best series ever on tv, imho. I'd put it up there with The Wire and The West Wing (first four seasons, when Sorkin was doing all the writing). One of the things that makes it so great is that it's so well-thought-through, certainly so far, at least. It appears as if Vince Gilligan had a complete story planned from the get-go and really seems to be going someplace specific from ep to ep and season to season. Walter is a classic anti-hero. Over the course of the series he has actually become pretty much of a complete scumbag. First of all, he's manufacturing meth, one of the most horrific, addicting drugs out there. And as a direct or indirect result of his actions, there has been all kinds of death and mayhem: He stood by and watched Jesse's girlfriend, Jane, die; he's murdered and made Jesse murder; he's gotten others killed, including the 10-yr old kid and Jesse's dealer friend; and of course, the victims of the plane crash. And he's even gotten his beloved wife involved in his crimes. This is one of the main themes of the show - how Walter's actions have destroyed so many lives around him. All the while he's saying it's all for his family (in this way, it reminds me of The Godfather). Walter is also an egoist and very selfish. In the scene in the fourth season when he's drunk and sitting around the dinner table with his brother-in-law, Hank, who had given up on pursuing "Heisenberg", Walter essentially tells him that Gale couldn't have been Heisenberg, because Heisenberg is a genius, whereas Gale was just a talented flunkie. Which, of course, gets Hank back on the case. Walter is proud of his dark talents and wants to show-off surreptitiously, despite the danger he puts himself, Jesse, and Skyler into by doing so. Yes, Walter motivations may be reasonable and understandable, they may even have a certain morality, as any great anti-heroe's need to in a well-written drama, but his actions are despicable and, many times, appalling. And yet, yet, the character is still, somehow, likable and sympathetic. He's one of the great characters of tv drama. Another absolutely amazing aspect of the show is that every recurring character is dynamic, rather than static; they all change, through circumstances and relationships. Compare this to the characters in your average tv crime show. Walt, the most average of average guys before the cancer, has lost any kind of moral compass becoming more and more outrageous & desperate. Otho, Jesse, a seemingly shallow drug addicted loser in the beginning, is now the only one in the entire show suffering from real guilt about the drug enterprise and is going through hell - to the point that he finally, unlike Walt, or, now, Skyler, acknowledges that meth is a death-sentence when he shamefully admits in group therapy that he is really there to deal to the members. In this scene, in his own way, Jesse comes full-circle - from addict to dealer to drug-counselor. Yet, of course, he continues to manufacture the product. I can't wait to see how Jesse's character resolves all his inner-conflicts this season. Hank has gone from a blowhard, looking mainly to advance in the force, to a real detective who believes in what he's doing. Marie started as a doll-like Stepford Wife and is now truly supportive and selfless as she suffers through Hanks rehabilitation and his abusive attitude toward her. The more minor character Walter Jr. has seemed to grow as a real teenager would, becoming more mature and less self-orientated as he has had to deal with his parents troubles in his own way. And, btw, this kid is one of the most believable actors I've ever seen in a tv series. Saul will never change, that's part of the comic charm of his reprehensible personality, but other, normally static characters, like Mike, and even Gus, have changed, for better and/or worse. Good, and great, series and mini-series do something that live theater and movies cannot do - allowing exploration of character and detail of story in manner of a novel. As Ron Howard said in a recent interview - TV (at its best) has become literature. Breaking Bad is like a great three-act play, the story is tight and continuously moving forward with the most intense momentum, but sustained over a period of months. It just gets better and better.