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'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 16, 'Felina': review

Kevin McFarland on the final, magnificent episode of Breaking Bad, which by any calculation was a 100% pure, crystal-blue cook. Spoilers.Read the rest

The psychology of why we love to watch stressful shows like 'Breaking Bad'

Why do we subject ourselves to movies and TV shows that can be excruciating to watch? The answer may lie "in the emotional intensity these types of shows make us feel," which can result in greater happiness at the conclusion. TV So Good It Hurts. [a Scientific American guest blog]

Predicting what happened after 'Breaking Bad' ended

An awesome fan-written epilogue for Breaking Bad by @pilotbacon over at TV Hangover. Spoilers. It's wonderful. [HT: Kevin McFarland]

A Crystal Blue Heart Of Darkness: Final thoughts before the 'Breaking Bad' finale

Kevin McFarland looks back on Season 5 of "Breaking Bad," in advance of the final episode. All Bad things must come to an end, but what a good Bad thing this series has been. Spoilers.Read the rest

Breaking Bad: Bracing for the 'Felina' finale


Francesco Francavilla

The final episode of "Breaking Bad" titled "Felina" airs tonight on the AMC cable television network, and on the torrents. Tomorrow, loyal fans who subscribe via iTunes and Netflix will get Season 5, episode 16.

In "A Crystal Blue Heart Of Darkness: Final thoughts before the Breaking Bad finale," Boing Boing contributor Kevin McFarland ruminates on "elements that went unremarked over these final episodes," prior to the last of the last.

Kevin will have a recap/public mourning/analysis/farewell essay available on this blog later tonight. His episode recaps, and our blog posts about cool fan stuff surrounding the show, are here.

ART, above: Breaking Bad Episode 5.16 “FINALE” Minimalist Episode Poster by Francesco Francavilla. I want to buy a print!

And, in case you missed them previously, VIDEO:
• "Breaking Bad Science Advisor Dr. Donna J. Nelson: the Boing Boing Video interview."
• "Boing Boing Video: Top 11 Chemistry Moments in Breaking Bad"

Breaking Bad comic fan art: Walt and Jesse do Twinkies, by Brendan Tobin

Illustrator Brendan Tobin created this wonderful "fake ad" comic. One frame is shown above, the full comic is here. (HT: Aaron Muszalski)

Breaking Bad Science Advisor Dr. Donna J. Nelson: the Boing Boing Video interview

Miles O'Brien and Xeni Jardin interview the brains behind Breaking Bad's portrayal of science.Read the rest

'Breaking Bad' Heisenberg rubber stamp

A $15 stamp, hand-carved in rubber and glued to a wood stump "on whose back you can see the master printed in black ink." And the master, of course is Heisenberg himself. Decorate the packaging you use for your crystal meth, or your cards, diaries, letters, envelopes, whatever. Buy online from "this is just to say."

A guide to how (and how not to) stash your fat stacks, inspired by Breaking Bad

Ladies and gents, bitches and bros, The Breaking Bad Guide to Stashing Your Cash.

Entire episode of 'Conan' devoted to 'Breaking Bad' with full cast, Walt-o-Corridos from Los Cuates de Sinaloa


Conan O'Brien interviews the cast of Breaking Bad, Conan, Episode 0467, September 23, 2013. Meghan Sinclair/Conaco, LLC for TBS.

Guests on last night's episode of Conan: the entire cast of "Breaking Bad," with creator Vince Gilligan, and musical guests Los Cuates de Sinaloa. You can watch the full episode for free here.

Catch up with the latest (including episode recaps) in our Boing Boing "Breaking Bad" archives.

NYT publishes fictional Sorkin column referenced in Breaking Bad 'Granite State' episode

On the latest episode of “Breaking Bad” (reviewed here on Boing Boing), cameo-ing TV presenter Charlie Rose referenced a column by Andrew Ross Sorkin in The New York Times. The real New York Times today published an excerpt from that fictional column.

A spokesman for Gray Matter said, “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.” Mr. White could not be reached for comment.

'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 15, 'Granite State': review

Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad's final season, in which we ask which option is better in the Granite State: to Live Free, or Die? Catch up on previous episodes in our Boing Boing "Breaking Bad" archives.Read the rest

How to Draw Breaking Bad's Walter White

Illustrator Dan Berry shows how to draw Walter White, one tweet at a time. (Via This Isn't Happiness)

Breaking Bad fans in Albuquerque: here's the one viewing party not to miss

Miguel Jaramillo has all the details here on Facebook, and tickets are available here. "There will be a special appearance by Rodney Rush (Combo), live art by local artist Cloud Face, silent auction, chance of winning Breaking Bad merchandise and memorabilia in a random giveaway, and special Breaking Bad inspired drinks. Let us begin the grieving process together in the city that's become synonymous with Breaking Bad."

Breaking Bad: Los Pollos Hermanos reviewed on Yelp

Yelp, Albuquerque, NM: Los Pollos Hermanos.

The chicken is nice and tender with a great blend of spices. The fries are maybe not the greatest though, so minus one star. However, if you are looking for some excellent fried chicken, you can do a lot worse than this place! My only complaint is that there are sometimes people who just seem to be sitting in the restaurant, not really eating or anything. I mean, it's fried chicken so if you see someone just sitting, not eating, it's kind of weird. I mean, sometimes I'll see people there before I get in and they'll still be sitting there after I leave. Kind of weird but they don't seem to be bothering anyone.
[HT: Maggie Koerth-Baker]

'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 14, 'Ozymandias': review

Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the sixth of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes, in which we look upon Walter White's works, and despair. Catch up on previous episodes in our Boing Boing "Breaking Bad" archives.Read the rest

'Joking Bad,' Jimmy Fallon parody of 'Breaking Bad,' is quite good

Roughly 13 minutes of LOL. Slow clap, gentlemen. Slow clap.

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