I just finished this last night. Incredible. I think it's probably the best show ever made. It's between this and The Wire at least. As an experience, Breaking Bad is more entertaining than The Wire, but the latter is like modern day Shakespeare or something.|
I can see why TarickStoneFire was so distraught by the killing of Brock's mum, but reading the synopsis of the last episode is just insane. So much time invested and wasted. Anyway, that was the most shocking moment for me - a real sucker-punch. As someone outlined, most of the other characters who died were cunts so they had it coming. Whereas the efficient, ruthless, cold-hearted way she was dispatched was heart-breaking.
It said a lot about me as a viewer though, that this specific moment made me more repulsed than any other. My brain must be accustomed to some seriously fucked up shit for me to be so emotionally passive for so long. That said, Hank's death evoked a response that wasn't far off and Walt kidnapping Holly and leaving her crying in the fire truck was pretty excruciating.
My overriding thought in the final series was that I couldn't believe America commissioned something so bleak. The writers were extremely clever establishing the show with Walt's compassionate motive before turning everything to shit.