We're slouching toward this year's Emmys, and the most talked-about show on air is
The show that turned the antihero model on its head --
As McNamara points out, "Breaking Bad" has recently outstripped "Mad Men" as AMC's alpha program, and being the first to end will set some sort of template for the story-, as opposed to ratings-, driven narratives. These are shows that will end because the writers are done, rather than because the shows have run out of steam.
Having transfixed an audience with its "Mr. Chips Turns Into Scarface" tale, creator Vince Gilligan seems to have a moral imperative not normally associated with television finales. As Braxton points out, we want to know if good will triumph or evil get what it deserves.
What do you think about "Breaking Bad"? And what shows are you talking about?