Breaking Bad needs no new accolades: Vince Gilligan’s series has been hailed as a high-water mark for serialized television and was showered with awards during its five season run. One of the defining characteristics of the show is the extraordinary arc of the main character, Walter White. He goes from the show’s protagonist to its antagonist, from hero to villain.
This video essay by film student Larry Erens traces the devolution of Walter White by focussing on one particular motif: the character’s relation to and handling of firearms. Whereas he is hesitant to even hold a gun at the start of the series, he grows more and more at ease with their power and possibilities. Is Walter White eaten away more by guns than by the violent cancer that wreaks havoc on his lungs?
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