Before the final 8 begin
This quote from the first one by Todd VanDerWerff :
"It seems unlikely that Gilligan and his writers sat down every season and questioned how they could adhere to Shakespearean five-act structure, outside of the general and pronounced influence Shakespeare has had on drama in general. But over the course of the show’s run, it has inadvertently turned into what might be the great Shakespearean tale of TV history. There’s a reason so many TV writers cite Greek drama when talking about their work. Greek drama is driven more by a general sense of oppression at the hands of the gods and the inevitability of life’s futility than anything else, and oppression and futility are endlessly renewable resources when it comes to TV. Breaking Bad made the far more difficult choice of depicting one man’s rise and fall, and in so doing, it borrowed heavily from classical tragedy to make its case and tell its story. Its greatest trick is that it is a clockwork story, but it’s made the clock-maker its main character. And once all of those people struggling to break free of the gears and levers that hold them in place realize the man that trapped them there is standing right beside them, the canker rotting away at the center of everything, the universe will surely shatter."