Walt’s cancer becomes a family affair as Skyler and Marie search for medical attention. Hank tells Walt that he’ll take care of Skyler and Walter Jr., and predictably, Walt gives him a withering look. Though seemingly benign, there are actions taken in this episode that have big consequences later down the line. Just like the cancer in his own body, Walt becomes a destructive and unyielding force.
Walt has a choice to make, but he’ll do everything in his power to delay making it. Pete and Courtney dive into the psyche of Walt as he makes his first kill of the series. Though this is the first, it is certainly not the last. Courtney and Pete will map out the connections from this episode to the later casualties of Breaking Bad and plot lines in Better Call Saul.
Jim and A.Ron from Bald Move join Pete to discuss the Legacy of Breaking Bad. The guys talk about how the show changed television and how it played a part in their decisions to start talking about TV as a way to make a living. They also realize how their favorite individual quotes from the series are connected. Growth Decay Transformation wouldn’t exist without Bald Move, and it’s great to have them on for our first crossover episode.
Courtney explores the significance of coin flips and choices and considers to what extent they are catalysts for Walt’s transformation. Was it a random act of fate that the task of killing Krazy-8 fell to him? When Skyler flips a coin in “Cornered,” why doesn’t she follow it across the Colorado border? The decisions the characters make can sometimes put them on bad choice roads.
Ever decide something with a coin flip? Walt and Jesse did. And that brings us to question the role of fate in the lives of these characters: Was Walt always Heisenberg? Or did he have to become Heisenberg? Looking back, there’s a lot bubbling under the surface of these characters. Now, go watch No Country for Old Men if you haven’t seen it yet.
Pete goes back to revisit the Pilot episode one more time to examine why it’s one of the best ever made. In 58 minutes it tells us everything we need to know about Walter White and is extremely effective at making us root for him. This is a great set up for Vince Gilligan’s larger plan to deliver a story about change.
It’s been 15 years since a pantsless Walter White first stepped onto our screens. Now that Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have finished their runs, Pete and Courtney are here to do a retrospective. This is for fans who have seen the shows because there will be SPOILERS! In this rewatch, Pete and Courtney will break down the characters, themes, and plot points and connect them to the greater arc of the story. Listen along as Pete and Courtney explore the growth, decay, and transformation of Breaking Bad.
Welcome to Growth Decay Transformation, a Breaking Bad rewatch podcast. This introductory episode explains who we are and why we decided to do a retrospective podcast about one of our favorite TV shows right now. Now that Better Call Saul has ended we have a complete story, and this will be a full SPOILERS podcast exploring that. Join Pete and Courtney on their journey through every episode of Breaking Bad.