Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad are the greatest TV shows ever made. There cannot be any question in that. Standing victorious in a league of their own, no other TV show has even tried to attain the level of excellence they stand on. And even though comparing Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad has become the official Olympics for TV fans, the answer still remains to be inconclusive.
But based on facts and only facts with no foul biases involved, it’s time to get our hands dirty and break it down. Which is it: Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad? Who shall have the crowning glory?
Breaking Bad Down
Even though Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad belong to a vastly different universe, the crime, drama, and intriguing characters involved in both the series tie them up for a healthy comparison.
What stands out for Breaking Bad is the level of dedication the makers of the show have given to the development of their lead character- Walter White. Vince Gilligan’s level of detail that has gone into shaping the compelling protagonist that Walter white is, is not only outstanding but at several points in the series leaves you speechless.
You find yourself asking those exact questions that Vince Gilligan as a writer, creator wants the audience to ask as they hurl insults at the TV. In the journey of Walter White, he builds a drug empire, is in a love-hate relationship with his family that often drove him crazy and despite it all, he remains to be the most relatable character we have ever come across.
And there is exactly one reason why: He is human with shades of good and bad in him. And through all the shades that he finds himself colored in, the audience was there to witness it.
Game of Thrones: The Legacy
Game of Thrones finds itself close to the show that Breaking Bad is but has at a number of times failed its audience. What started out as one of the most gripping, gut-wrenching depiction of George R.R Martin’s series turns into an obstinate mess by the end.
But it wasn’t always like that. In the 2010s there were TV shows and there was Game of Thrones. It brought the fantasy genre into the accepted realm of TV adaptations which previously through mutual dissent was frowned upon. But David Benioff and DB Weiss changed this assumption when they made the fantasy genre come into the frontline on a channel like HBO.
It not only had a hold on pop-culture for nearly a decade, dominate the television landscape with some of the best-written characters but also became the most pirated show of all time.
But as George R.R Martin’s series came to it’s written end, David Benioff and DB Weiss failed to carry the show forward driven on characters and rather succumbed to it being overbearing.
Characters like Cersei in the sixth season finale were shown as a villainous mastermind blowing up a lot of the main characters. But spent most of her time drinking wine in Season 7. Season 7 began the downfall of the show with characters going haywire, losing touch, and the plotlines becoming horrifically predictable.
The Final Showdown: Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones
The one thing Game of Thrones failed to achieve was consistency. Breaking Bad remained till the very end a piece of television that gripped it’s the audience as they watched Jesse, Hank, Walter come to their horrifying end in the best episode of Television: Ozymandias. This episode is filled with craftsmanship and nuance which a viewer might keep finding in the fourth, sixth, or tenth time they find themselves watching it.
But what can never be taken away from Game of Thrones is that it is remarkable TV, greatly addictive with some of the best character lines ever said on TV. A series that shone in it’s quieter moments and gave us Tyrion, of course. I guess we all know where the crowning glory lies. And it’s not the one where there are people fighting for the crown. Who would have known!
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