In a blatant display of what might be termed good traditional storytelling, the finale for the TV series ‘Breaking Bad’ has frustrated fans who were hoping to be frustrated by an ending that lacked resolution.
“I was just hoping for more ambiguity, one that critics would spend years trying to make sense of, maybe a smash cut to black . . . just something that would have left me feeling somewhat disappointed and given me less closure,” said one disgruntled fan of the show. “Instead, I felt like some level of completion and fulfillment was accomplished, like there was artistry in what seemed to be conventional… and that kind of makes me want to puke.”
Without an open-ended finale that leaves viewers on their own to construct meaning and with uncertainty to make sense out of, some fear television aesthetes will have a distinct lack of internet arguments over possible meanings, interpretations, or possibilities regarding ‘what happens next,’ or more provocatively, exactly ‘what happened.’
“How dare they write an ending like this in the post-modern age. I mean, I do admit it felt strangely nice to not be left with a tangled mess of utterly unanswerable questions, made possible by a coherent storyline that never missed a beat,” said the irked fan. “But still, I also don’t support taking the predictable path of ‘wrapping up a story’ and completing the series as a masterful narrative. That’s just too easy and expected.”
With too few open-ended questions to discuss, figure out, fret over, etc., it’s expected that peeved viewers of the popular AMC series will simply have to learn to make nice with the lack of loose ends, and with Vince Gilligan himself.