AMC’s Breaking Bad will end it’s six year, five season run in the next few weeks, and what a run it has been.
Walter White, your average Government school Chemistry teacher, has a good job, an intact family and a happy life. Until, that is, he finds out he has cancer.
Desperate for a way to provide for his family, and pay the medical bills, Walter White seeks out the help of a former student, now drug dealer and addict Jesse Pinkman, and together they develop a drug empire.
It’s been called one of the best shows ever made. Ever.
It’s won multiple Emmys and Golden Globes and has built up a fan base that will rival the cosplay of Star Wars at Comic Con’s for years to come.
But why on earth should Christians take notice, and dare I say, learn some things about a story revolving around sin, violence, drugs, and death?
The Moral Premise of an Immoral World
Before we answer that question, we need to know the author’s intention of the series. His name is Vince Gilligan, who is not by any stretch of the imagination a Christian.
He said in an interview with the NY Times:
“I’m pretty much agnostic at this point in my life. But I find atheism just as hard to get my head around as I find fundamental Christianity. Because if there is no such thing as cosmic justice, what is the point of being good? That’s the one thing that no one has ever explained to me. Why shouldn’t I go rob a bank, especially if I’m smart enough to get away with it? What’s stopping me?” – Vince Gilligan