Monday, October 7, 2013

Why Men Like Breaking Bad

A feminist review of Breaking Bad:

Die Like a Man: The Toxic Masculinity of Breaking Bad

“It felt right and satisfying and proper to us that he went out on his own terms; he went out like a man,” Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan shared in a recent podcast, describing the death of Walter White in the series finale.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because we heard Hank – his prototypically macho brother-in-law – say something very similar during Skyler’s intervention, when he defended Walt’s decision to refuse both financial charity and cancer treatment: “Maybe Walt just wants to die like a man.”

Below is a sticker chart designed to reward men for doing their assigned chores:

Walt at the beginning of the series:

Walt after "breaking bad":

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