Game of Thrones author George RR Martin took to his blog after the most recent episode of Breaking Bad aired this Sunday to discuss both that show and his own. It seems that Walter White has inspired him to create a character more evil than any that have come before it.
“Amazing series. Amazing episode last night. Talk about a gut punch,” he said. “Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros. (I need to do something about that).”
He also talks about his Emmy chances up against Game of Thrones both this year and next:
“This is the final season of BREAKING BAD. I think GAME OF THRONES may have a shot at upsetting BB for this year’s Emmy (only a shot, though, I think they are the clear favorite), which pits us against their previous season… but there’s no way in hell that anyone is going to defeat BREAKING BAD next year, when their last season is the one in contention,” he wrote.
That’s true. To paraphrase Jack from this week’s episode, there is no possible scenario where Breaking Bad doesn’t win ALL the Emmys next year after the way this season has played out. It’s simply incredible. The anti-Dexter, if you will.
I do think Martin is wrong about Walter White though. Yes, Walter is a monster to some degree, but if anything Ozymandias showed us that like Darth Vader, there’s still some good inside him. He does everything possible to save Hank, and even after she tries to stab him, he gets Skyler off the hook by staging a confession phonecall to police. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
This is compared to someone like say, Joffrey or the Bastard of Bolton, who have literally no redeeming qualities whatsoever. They’re more “evil” than Walt, but are they better characters? I think that’s the real issue here.