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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…

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