Latest Issue

In Praise of Breaking Bad and The Golden Age

Walter White has been damned by his pact with the devil; but the morality debate tells us a larger truth about America today

By David Herman   November 2013

Like Faustus, Walter White has been damned by his pact with the devil

‘Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it:’ (Doctor Faustus)

In last night’s final episode of Breaking Bad, one of the minor characters summed it up: “The whole thing felt really shady, morality-wise.” In the final episode, as all through the series, we are in a grey zone. The more the bodies pile up, the greyer it gets, the further away we are from the black and white morality…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect