‘Breaking Bad’: The Surprising Meaning Behind Walter White’s Last Name

Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Bryan Cranston as Walter White on ‘Breaking Bad.’ | AMC

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Breaking Bad seems like it will be timeless. Despite the fact that the show aired its last episode in 2013, it’s still popular today. A lot of that popularity is thanks to streaming services like Netflix. Breaking Bad is incredibly binge-able.

As long as fans can watch episode after episode, it will probably never go out of style. The show’s premise hasn’t gone out of style either, although some day that could change.

What is ‘Breaking Bad’ about?

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It’s like the more money we come across… the more problems we see.

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The show follows Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher. White is diagnosed with cancer, but can’t afford the treatment. He turns to cooking and selling meth in order to pay the bills. The character, played by Bryan Cranston, evolves a lot over the course of the show.

White’s answer to the high cost of health care may be unique, but his predicament is not. Although Breaking Bad evolves into a serious drug trafficking drama, Walter White is one of many American’s who struggle with paying for healthcare treatment.

But the show shies away from a statement about the US healthcare system. While the premise may be dependent on expensive healthcare, Walter White’s transformation is thanks to personal decisions that he makes. He may blame his circumstances, but he gets so far away from who he was that it’s hard to pin the change on a system.

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Bryan Cranston as Walter White on ‘Breaking Bad.’ | AMC

According to the showrunner for Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, the show essentially traces White’s path “from Mr. Chips to Scarface.” It does so with beautiful visuals, and stunning attention to detail.

The imagery in the show is one of it’s best qualities and highlights the drama of White’s transformation. That’s no accident. The show’s creators put a lot of effort into streamlining the images and colors that viewers see on-screen.

Color is very important in ‘Breaking Bad’

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