6. Jesse Lives
One of Breaking Bad’s very first scenes encapsulated the entire philosophy and thematic glue that bound the show in one prescient speech: Walter White informs his class of students – and us – that chemistry is “the study of change,” and it is to their credit and our benefit that the show’s writers kept this idea at the forefront of their own thinking.
Many people remain under the erroneous impression that it was the 2007 writers’ strike that saved Jesse, but the truth is it was Paul’s performance that kept him alive. What would Breaking Bad have been like without Jesse Pinkman? In that the show essentially became a two-hander and Jesse was its battered, beating heart and the viewer’s long-suffering proxy.
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