Farewell 'Breaking Bad': Earth Below Us, Drifting Falling

Bryan Cranston as Walter White on 'Breaking Bad.'
Bryan Cranston as Walter White on 'Breaking Bad.'
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Walt White's old adversary Mike Ehrmantraut put it best: "You know how they say 'it's been a pleasure'? It hasn't." After five agonizing seasons, Breaking Bad finally reached Miller Time with last night's finale caper, using Badfinger's bleakly romantic "Baby Blue" as a last word, as Walt White tears down the remnants of the drug empire he built with his own bad fingers. "Baby Blue" is a brutally sad love song, sung to a woman who's already given up and walked away. But it's the perfect farewell for Walt – a husband who looked inside himself for monsters and had no trouble finding them.

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Rob Sheffield is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where he writes about music, TV and pop culture. He is the author of two books, Talking To Girls About Duran Duran and Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time.

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