Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad received overwhelming acclaim from critics

Breaking Bad both halves of the fifth season received overwhelming acclaim from critics. Following the end of the series, critic Nick Harley summarized his commendation of the show: “Expertly written, virtuosic with its direction, and flawlessly performed, Breaking Bad is everything you could want in a drama. Critics will spend the next decade dissecting and arguing about what made it great, but the reasons are endless and already well documented.” During the final season, the show also received praise from George R. R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, particularly the episode “Ozymandias”; Martin commented that “Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros.” In his review of the second half of season 5, Seth Amitin of IGN stated, “This final batch of Breaking Bad is one of the best run of episodes TV has ever offered”, and praised “Ozymandias” in particular, referring to it as “maybe the best episode of TV [he’s] ever seen.” The veteran actor Sir Anthony Hopkins wrote a letter to Bryan Cranston, praising him for his “performance as Walter White was the best acting [he has] seen – ever”, and lauding the rest of the cast and crew as well. The letter first appeared on Steven Michael Quezada’s (actor portraying Steven Gomez on the show) Facebook page, and in spite of being taken down later, went viral.