A dark serialized cable drama about a murderous criminal mastermind anti-hero who was hiding in plain sight aired its series finale this month — AMC’s Breaking Bad and Showtime’s Dexter. Fan reaction to the respective endings was, to say the least, extremely different.
Breaking Bad, as it has been all season, was greeted with effusive praise for its emotionally satisfying conclusion, even though the climax wasn’t quite as surprising as one might have expected. Dexter, as through most of its final season, was pilloried for a lack of realism and its characters making loopy choices, though the ending notably had some shocking moves.
The factors and variables that went into each episode, and the fan reactions, are too numerous to count. But if you were to cite one behind-the-scenes aspect … just one … there is something the producers of each show have said repeatedly about their creative methodology that is every bit as polarized as the fan reactions. READ FULL STORY