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are often reminded of their past feelings of empathy in previous episodes
through starting new episodes with recaps, which, however, can also hold certain
memories and thus manoeuvre viewers to assume a certain approach to characters.
Thus, the finale of Breaking Bad’s fourth season begins with a “previously
on Breaking Bad”-sequence, in which Jesse, an assisting character,
witnesses drug lord Gustavo Fring visit his old enemy, Hector Salamanca, at the
nursing home where he lives due to being paralysed, to ridicule him: “All
dead. As is your grandson”. The viewer is 
instantly evoked of the vindictiveness of Fring’s character re-establishing
him as the rival.The former scene of course proves to be relevant to the
episode as it shows the situation where Walter is the bad guy as he oppresses
Jesse into killing one of Fring’s employees, the skilful chemist Gale, because
he poses a threat to Walter’s superiority within methamphetamine production. A
dynamic relationship is maintained between the viewer and the character.The
more insight we gain into the character, and his/hers inspirations, opinions
and moral values, the more interest we take in him/her. Character engagement is
crucial to television serials, since the span of the description is much longer
than in films, and thus calls for characters urging enough to make viewers
return each week. Moreover, narration plays an important role in terms of
guiding the viewer response as the “ultimate organizer” , which can work to
both stopping the viewer from engaging in a character through withholding
information about him/her, as well as encourage engagement through emphasising
certain lookout of a character to make him/her more favourable than other

Similar to their rocky and
dysfunctional father-son relationships, marital bonds are equally deranged and destructive
in this series. In some male-cantered dramas like Breaking     Bad and Dexter, the marriage is already over
when the series starts and it depicts the character’s struggle to rekindle
their relationship.

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 The marriage of Breaking Bad’s Walter and Skyler
White is cursed by problems. In what primarily seems to be a mostly
compassionate marriage of a restrained husband and a dominating wife, their
relationship begins to the formation of Walt’s transition into crime. As Walt
begins to cook crystal meth he rediscovers his self-esteem and uses that
newfound strength to disrupt the power distribution in their household.

Contrary to White, the series explores in more detail the
conflict between White’s former student and meth-cooking partner, Jesse
Pinkman, with his upper middle-class parents, who was thrown out from their
family home after his numerous drug escapades. His secret life becomes
increasingly important to Walt, and so he gradually takes the place of his son.
Due to the fact that Walt cannot converse his secret activities with anyone
else but Jesse, their bond becomes more important over the course of the
series. Jesse was a poor student and talented artist who used to draw his high
school friends as comic book characters. At various times during his harrowing
experiences in Breaking
Bad, Jesse’s kind heart and nurturing traits resurface, such as
the way Jesse treats children and how he cared for his dying aunt. Ultimately,
Jesse turns his back on his parents and begins to treat Walt as surrogate father.
However, Walt’s relationships to both his biological and surrogate son prove
highly dysfunctional. Despite his pointless efforts to be an ideal father to
whom his son can admire, Walt’s initially subdued pride and egotism gradually
become major obstacles in his parental relationship. To Walt, a good father is
synonymous with being the family’s beloved provider and patriarch, but he was
not compatible enough meet those standards. Although Walter Jr. seems to favour
his father over his mother, Walt and Walt Jr. do not spend a lot of time
together or participate in any father-son activities. Aside from providing
rides to and from school and the occasional breakfast and dinner scenes, Walt
had no dialogue with his son. His dream of a successful drug empire drew him
further from his family, and although Walt gained respect and power in his job
as meth cook, he was absent for his son’s sixteenth birthday and his daughter’s
birth.Eventually, everything in Walt’s life revolved around money and his
desire to be his family’s sole provider. However, this created a rift in the
family as his criminal career begins to swallow his life as father and husband.
Despite Breaking
Bad’s premise of a would-be drug baron driven by social and economic
forces, Gilligan does not perceive his series as a cultural critique. A definite distaste
against Walter did not occur, however, as the alignment with his character was
so strong that the viewer remains engaged in and loyal to Walter, despite the fact
that he has truly become an unsympathetic anti-hero. In other words, the
elucidation of the character of Walter is so compelling that the viewer is held
captive by his power and charisma, apparent in the trademark dark humour of the
serial, which provides both relief from the on-screen violence, as well as
reminds the viewer of Walter’s humanity and ‘former life’ as an underdog.And, of course, violence
and total intolerance, so to say. There is probably no other show that would
depict our everyday reality with such cruelty, and with a few filters. This is
a breath of fresh air for many viewers, tired of endless action, perfectly
appropriate in terms of political correctness, and cautious in showing violence.



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