What do we want from a finale? Should it be a spectacular episode that serves as the dramatic peak of the series? Should it like any other episode of the series, only more so? Should it be surprising, shocking, or…
Dots are connected and characters suffer, setting up what is sure to be a heartwarming series finale.
Still recovering from this week’s emotional devastation, but Jason Mittell works through the carnage with an extra-long post.
Walt and Jesse return to where the series began to stage the program’s climactic peak.
As more media scholars grapple with issues traditionally associated with aesthetic analysis, the need to map the history, methods, and goals of this “aesthetic turn” proves increasingly pressing.