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Walter White’s Sickness Mirrors America

Salon: "Breaking Bad" strikes such a nerve because Walt's ills of body and soul are also those of our country.

It is safe to say that as “Breaking Bad” comes to a close, Vince Gilligan’s series is the moment’s Best Show In the History of Television. Incredibly, the show isn’t even over yet, and it is already a cult classic, with all the attendant prop fetishization and tourism industries that come with such a designation. But as we approach the final episode, there’s an unanswered question: What makes the show so historically important?

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