Breaking Bad vs Game of Thrones

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A few days ago – actually, a few nights ago – some friends and I were discussing which is the best TV drama ever made. The choice was between Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. One was arguing that Game of Thrones is definitely the best TV show ever – however, he never watched Breaking Bad, perhaps only the first couple of episodes. According to another friend, both shows are at the same level. Instead, I think that under many aspects, Breaking Bad is superior to Game of Thrones. If you use, for instance, Academy Awards or Emmys categories, I think it would be fair to say that the contest would end up this way:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Bryan Cranston as Walter White (Breaking Bad)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: perhaps Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark (Game of ThronesBreaking Bad weak point is notably the absence of remarkable female characters, I have never been able to stand Skyler White)
  • Best Original Score: Game of Thrones (really, the best)
  • Best Directing: Breaking Bad (do you remember that Neverending Story-style scene when Daenerys is saved by her dragon during an attack by the Sons of the Harpy? Well, that would have never happened in Breaking Bad)
  • Best Screenplay: Breaking Bad (as Breaking Bad‘s screenplay is original and Game of Thrones‘ one is adapted, I used a generic category)
  • Best Costume Design: Game of Thrones
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Game of Thrones (due to the setting of the show, this one and the costume one are quite obvious decisions)

This is what I came up with. It is 5-4 for Game of Thrones. However, I am quite unsure as for the best actress in a non-leading role, and the last two awards are due to the specific setting and nature of the series, which is set in a fiction world. So, really, I would say the advantage is for Breaking Bad, which – and we know this for sure – has given us a great series finale, one of the most difficult things to achieve when making a tv series (see Lost and Dexter finales, for example).

One Reply to “Breaking Bad vs Game of Thrones”

  1. I don’t have the Skyler White hate inside me, and I think Anna Gunn had to carry some amazing performances alongside Brian Cranston, so I’d give best supporting nod to Breaking Bad.

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