Heisenberg was responsible for the death of over 167 people…

…if you think about it carefully. 


The sheer insanity of Heisenberg was that he killed few people directly, instead, causing scores of casualties by either ordering people to be murdered or endangering others with his reckless actions


We know that Heisenberg was most destructive when he was acting in a reckless manner rather than merely an evil manner. In this sense, his reckless desire to keep his money sees one of his most beloved murdered, not by his orders, but still, indirectly through his actions. It is then in this light that we realise…was Heisenberg responsible for the death of all the people on board Wayfarer 515 in Season 2? 



Watching someone die you can help is obviously a dick move…but does it make you RESPONSIBLE for the consequences?


 Heisenberg lets Jane die. It’s obvious that he can do something to help, anything in fact such as calling the paramedics to TRY and resuscitate her, even moving her into a better position…but he doesn’t, and that makes him indirectly responsible for her death. A person who wishes for some dictator on the other side of the world to die and then he gets killed by a mortar shell is not responsible for the death. He might enjoy the news,but he has not contributed in any way. In contrast, the person who sees a child drowning in a  shallow pond and refuses to help him, instead bending over and watching the child drown IS responsible, not merely because it is the ‘right thing’ to do(it could be a mass murderer, but that doesn’t eliminate our potential to prevent the death, and the omission is in a sense an ACTIVE form of conduct), but because he has actively withdrawn a very simple lifeline. 


 So, having established he DID in fact contribute to her death, poor Jane’s father is beyond distraught, and in his grief, neglects himself to fulfil his duties allow a plane to navigate safely, resulting in the deaths of 167 people in a fatal collision between the two airlines. Heisenberg could never have known that Jane’s father was in air control, heck, how could he even have really caused the destruction of the airline? It is because Heisenberg was RESPONSIBLE, for Jane’s death. IF NOT for Jane’s death, then Jane’s father would never  have been so distracted by grief. If a person goes on a  shooting spree having witnessed their family member die, is the murderer not in a way responsible for that psychological state? Breaking Bad is a show about reckless choices and disastrous consequences and this was one reckless(if not a calculated malicious choice) with the worst consequence possible.


Therefore, Heisenberg is responsible for not 1 murder, not 11 prison slayings, not even merely the death of a great friend, but the deaths of 167 people.  



That’s right, this guy is responsible for 167 deaths.


The most annoying ‘suggestions’ by professional critics that adorn almost every single article they write about a show or game which has a narrative they only half-agree with

It should have all just been a dream! Why didn’t they do it so that the evil villain is actually another effect of his multiple personality disorder!  For some reason, certain people seem to think these over-proposed well-worn tropes are ‘novel’ and ‘unique’ ideas which instantly introduce that necessary psychological dimension that turns good to great…IT DOESN’T:

i)Far Cry 3 doesn’t need Vaas to be Jason Brody to be good


‘Look, I’m pointing a gun at Brody, because I’m literally trying to kill off my merciful and clumsy side, LOL’

ii)Breaking Bad doesn’t need Heisenberg’s final episode to be ‘a dream’ to make sense and be gripping


‘If this all was really a dream, at the very least it would explain why I spent half of Season 1 without pants.’-WW

iii)the Mass Effect 3 ending doesn’t need to be a dream to create a coherent conclusion, because let’s face it, NOTHING WILL SAVE THAT ENDING…NOTHING.


The ending to ME 3 can be more accurately be described as a nightmare, and even in one’s wildest fantasies, one’s sub-conscious has to draw a line in the sand and say, ‘How the fuck does it make sense to stop organics building big ass reapers which will inevitably destroy them by using big ass reapers to destroy all organics?’

So please, anytime you see someone propose these two ‘solutions’ to any form of artistic medium, you should hope for these two possibilities to actually be happening:

i)this is all a dream designed to reflect greater themes of frustration plaguing your life

ii)your other personality is fabricating the article in your mind to torture you and further fragment your mind.

Dedicated to the marvellous critical abilities of Emily Nussbaum of ‘The New Yorker’, whose insight into what makes a good finale can be found here=> http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/09/breaking-bad-finale-reviewed.html

Yours sincerely, MM