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'Breaking Bad' - 'I.F.T.' Recap Season 3, Episode 3


One of the aspects of 'Breaking Bad' that amazes me week after week, and one of the things that makes it one of the most compelling shows on television, is this:


Intellectually, as you watch Walter White lie his way through his family's lives and the lives of everyone he comes in contact with, you know he's one of the biggest bastards on TV. And, also intellectually, you watch Skyler have to suffer through all of Walt's lies -- at least the ones she knows about -- and you know she's trying her best to protect herself and her children from someone who's become a monster she no longer recognizes.


But, here's the compelling part: No matter how rationally I think about the situation, I still don't know who to root for.


It's a tribute to Bryan Cranston's performance, as well as the writing of Vince Gilligan and crew, that when Walter moves back into his house, I was actually happy for him. After all, everything that he's done over the last two-plus seasons has been to ensure his family's well-being... right? Well, not really. At first, that may have been the reason. But now, we know that Walt's got a little bit of that adventurous streak in him, and he likes being the bad guy, no matter how much he likes to protest it.


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