This is finally happening! After watching five seasons of men as leads, it was right about the time that Zach Braff spoke about wanting the new series ‘Breaking Bad Girls’.
Since its original release in 2008, ‘Breaking Bad’ has been known to be one of the best shows on television with 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9.5 on IMDb. What separates this show from others is the amalgamation of genres that it fits under as well as the way the storyline keeps the audience engaged until its season finale. Because it was such a big hit, showrunner Vince Gilligan was able to create ‘Better Call Saul‘ and ‘El Camino- a Breaking Bad Movie’. But thanks to Zach Braff, the internet is once again stormed with opinions on how ‘Breaking Bad’ desperately needs a female-led reboot. Read on to know more.
- Skyler White changed television forever
- ‘Breaking Bad’ (female version)
- When will the new series release?
Skyler White changed television forever
Unlike in recent times, it was quite common to have a male lead play all the “dangerous” parts such as that of a gangster, drug kingpin, or even a superhero. It wasn’t often that women were given the lead, making the big buck, or doing anything else than being a home-maker, office assistant, or somebody’s wife or girlfriend.
Same was the case with ‘Breaking Bad’ except it had one character that was admired and appreciated for her bold ability to not get caught up in the patriarchal role Walter White presented. Skyler White did everything she could to find a balance between protecting her kids and also standing up for Walter.
Was she always calm, joyful, and not passive-aggressive? No. But with her husband being a criminal mastermind, she can’t be blamed for attempting to make Walter realise the demons he needed to fight. In modern terms, one might even say that she was the feminist that revolutionized women on television. So, what will ‘Breaking Bad’ in 2020 be like?
‘Breaking Bad’ (female version)
All women in the ‘Breaking Bad‘ series are secondary, surrounding their masculine drug-dealing men. While wife Skyler is written as a bore and nag, Hank’s wife Marie is a skittish woman treated with weary contempt by her husband. Lydia was introduced to the show in season 5 as a woman operating in Walt’s-world, who showed potential for a female-led change that the audience would’ve appreciated. But, of course, the show continued to be the way it was.
The new instalment could perhaps have Skyler White as the lead, finding ways to survive financial crises and bringing together a group of people to join in her adventures. She might still be “boring” and a “nag”, but she can definitely be the new face that the show has needed for so long.
Imagining a female ‘Breaking Bad’ version also makes me think about NBC’s ‘Good Girls’ which, it has been claimed, is the female version of BB that the audience was so glad to experience. Hopefully, Vince Gilligan will take inspiration and give us more updates.
When will the new series release?
No official statement on the making of the show or release date has been made yet. Moreover, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all productions have been temporarily stalled until it is safe enough to resume work. But, if Vince Gilligan were to seriously consider making this series, 2021 or 2022 seemed to be the years the show would be released in.
Do you think Zach Braff will get what he wants? What do you think about ‘Breaking Bad Girls’? Let us know in the comment section below!