Sunday, March 28, 2010

Top 20 Television Characters of the Past 10 Years

#3) Walter White (Portrayed by Bryan Cranston):

Star of the best series on Television right now, Breaking Bad, Walter is a high school chemistry teacher who turns to cooking Meth when he gets diagnosed with terminal lung cancer (to provide money for his family when he dies). Safe to say, things don't go quite as planned. 2-time Emmy Award Winner Bryan Cranston is far from playing Malcolm's dad in this show: he kills, lies, and steals his way onto the radar of various drug dealers and DEA agents (including his Brother-in-law, played by the hilariously great Dean Norris). The show is unflinching and unforgiving, as is Cranston's performance as Walter. Breaking bad refers to Walter turning a 180 from honorable teacher, husband and father to hard-assed (literally and figuratively, as you can see from the picture above) Iron Chef of America's Meth. The show is ultimately about Walter and Jesse's moral choices: is making Meth to provide for your family any less "wrong" than making Meth under other circumstances? Even if it means people dying? Even if it means your family finding out? With Season 3 just beginning, I can't wait to see what Walter has in store for us viewers in the next few weeks. Above all, everyone has a little Walter in them; given the right opportunity, we all might break bad.

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