Breaking Bad Power Rankings: Buyout

By TNW Staff

Welcome to the latest edition of TNW’s Breaking Bad Power Rankings. “Power” might seem like a cut-and-dry metric in the meth realm, but it’s anything but in the blogosphere. Here, we’re weighing likeability and compelling plot threads as much as actual street clout, so look for movement on a weekly basis. Be sure to brush up on last week’s rankings before continuing.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains details through “Buyout” (Season 5, Episode 6).

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Breaking Bad Power Rankings: Dead Freight

By TNW Staff

Welcome to the latest edition of TNW’s Breaking Bad Power Rankings. “Power” might seem like a cut-and-dry metric in the meth realm, but it’s anything but in the blogosphere. Here, we’re weighing likeability and compelling plot threads as much as actual street clout, so look for movement on a weekly basis. In fact, we’ve got a new No. 1 for the fourth week in a row. Be sure to brush up on last week’s rankings before continuing.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains details through “Dead Freight” (Season 5, Episode 5).

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Breaking Bad Power Rankings: Fifty-One

By TNW Staff

Welcome to the latest edition of TNW’s Breaking Bad Power Rankings. “Power” might seem like a cut-and-dry metric in the meth realm, but it’s anything but in the blogosphere. Here, we’re weighing likeability and compelling plot threads as much as actual street clout, so look for movement on a weekly basis. And be sure to brush up on last week’s rankings before continuing.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains details through “Fifty-One” (Season 5, Episode 4).

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Breaking Bad Power Rankings: Hazard Pay

By TNW Staff

Welcome to the second edition of TNW’s Breaking Bad Power Rankings. “Power” might seem like a cut-and-dry metric in the meth realm, but it’s anything but in the blogosphere. Here, we’re weighing likeability and compelling plot threads as much as actual street clout, so look for movement on a weekly basis. And be sure to brush up on last week’s rankings before continuing.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains details through “Hazard Pay” (Season 5, Episode 3).

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Breaking Bad Power Rankings: Madrigal

By MR & Edward Appleby

Welcome to the first edition of TNW’s Breaking Bad Power Rankings. “Power” might seem like a cut-and-dry metric in the meth realm, but it’s anything but in the blogosphere. Here, we’re weighing likeability and compelling plot threads as much as actual street clout, so look for movement on a weekly basis.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains details through “Madrigal” (Season 5, Episode 2).

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Emmy nomination hits and misses

BY MR

The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmys have been released, and we’ve got ample praise and rage for the TV Academy voters. Here’s a quick look at 10 things the Academy got right — and 10 it got woefully wrong.

What the Emmys got right:

• The Best Drama category: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Homeland and Game of Thrones got nods, marking the first time in Emmy history that no Best Drama contender comes from a Big Four network. It’s a testament to the strength of premium cable and, hopefully, a wakeup call for basic.

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‘Breaking Bad’ Season 5 premiere roundtable

By TNW Staff

Walt, Jesse and Mike contemplate their next move in “Live Free or Die.”

He won. Which of course means we as viewers won. Walter White is back in our lives, and Sunday nights are all the better for it. Now, TNW’s Breaking Bad enthusiasts share their thoughts on the Season 5 premiere, “Live free or die.”

Spoiler Alert: This post contains key details from the Breaking Bad Season 5 premiere, as well as details from all four earlier seasons. 

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Walter White wants your vote … or else

By Edward Appleby

As always, Walter White is the one who knocks.

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains significant plot details from the first four seasons of AMC’s Breaking Bad.

Over four seasons, Breaking Bad‘s Walter White has evolved from neutered sadsack to duplicitous badass, adding “wholesale meth manufacturer” to his résumé, beating Mexican drug lords on their own turf and winning some power back from perhaps the toughest of all foes: his wife. As can be expected after such a journey, White has all but turned his back on morality (see: Lily of the Valley). But at least he still values the righteousness of democracy, even if he’s using his burgeoning reputation and an implication of physical harm to sway votes. (On second thought, maybe that’s not really democracy after all.)

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, a real institution in California, is gearing up for its student body presidential election. Candidate Summer Kennedy sought out White’s enemy Gus Fring (killed by White in Season 4 using an elderly kamikaze and a wheelchair rigged with explosives), to film an endorsement video. So Maxwell Ulin, another candidate, one-upped his foe using the same cunning of a behatted Heisenberg, getting White to oppose Fring — and his candidate of choice — one more time.

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