"Breaking Bad" is arguably one of the best television shows ever made. And everyone who has seen it feels the need to talk about it obsessively. With the first of the last eight episodes of the series set to premiere on Sunday, the Internet's collective anticipation has gone into full -obsession mode. Here are some of the best things published to help you pass the time before Sunday's premiere and cope with the show's inevitable end.
Beutler Ink has created an entire periodic table devoted specifically to Breaking Bad. It's a really cool example of fan art that's incredibly detailed, from the element abbreviations to the icons accompanying it. Beutler Ink needs to make it into a shirt so they can take our money.
For anyone who needs a refresher on the events from the first four and a half seasons, or just wants something to watch obsessively while they wait for the next three days, this Youtube video will bring you fully up to speed. And if that's not enough for you...
There's a gag reel from Season 5 available on YouTube. And it's actually funny. It reminds you that they're actors and not just people, which is kind of weird. But it also reminds you that all of the actors are cool people, which still kind of weird, but also awesome.
One of the reasons behind the appeal of "Breaking Bad" is the fact that it deftly combines Shakespearean elements of drama with an almost absurd sounding plot and a meditation on the nature of modern American capitalism. Academics and critics will be writing about the show for a long time. In the same vein, AV Club has written an incredibly compelling and thorough essay on the relationship between "Breaking Bad" and one of the most significant Shakespearean themes on the show. It's a great read for both Shakespearean nerds, cultural critics, and pretty much anyone an interest in "Breaking Bad," which means everyone.
Walt Whitman, along with his most famous work, has remained one of the most prevalent themes in the series. As fans know, a copy of "Leaves of Grass" is one of the most critical elements of the plots. The Poetry Foundation has written an essay on the exact nature of the complicated relationship between Walt Whitman and Walter White. It's another must-read similar to the AV Club essay, but this time addressing the nature of the American dream rather than Shakespearean drama. Between those two articles, you should be more than prepared for any cocktail conversations that may come up before the premiere.