AMC’s The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad are arguably two of the greatest shows ever made (with Mad Men also in the top five). The network continues to produce hits because they focus on story and character above all else. For these two shows, that means writing about fathers and sons, specifically Rick Grimes and Walter White.
“Carl, I’m sorry I couldn’t protect you,” said Rick Grimes in the mid-season premiere. “A father’s job is to protect his son.” On most shows, this would just mean providing food, shelter, and encouragement. On the zombie drama, however, it means trying to kill Negan while fighting off hoards of walkers.
But when Rick Grimes tells his son that he did everything for his son, it reminded us of Breaking Bad’s anti-hero, Walter White.
Rick Grimes Thinks Like Walter White, But…
Major spoilers for Breaking Bad below (if you somehow haven’t seen it…)
Throughout the series Breaking Bad, teacher turned meth cooker Walter White continues to tell his wife he’s doing everything for his family. At first, he’s simply looking for a way to leave some money for his family after he dies from cancer. But cancer doesn’t kill him and he goes deeper and deeper into the drug game.
In the end, however, Walter finally told his wife the truth. Perhaps, he finally realized the truth himself. “If I have to hear, one more time, that you did this for the family,” said his wife through tears. “I did it for me,” he finally admitted. “I liked it. I was good at it. I was really… I was alive,” he concluded.
Is It Also Too Late For Rick Grimes?
If you picture Rick Grimes trying to killing Negan in the Season 8A premiere, it’s clear that he is firing for himself. He’s not thinking of Carl in that moment.
In the end, both men lost a part of themselves and a part of their family trying to do something with the best of intentions. But eventually, something else took over. For Walter White, it was likely greed. For Rick Grimes, it was vengeance. Both men went down a path with no positive return.
Now, Rick Grimes is going to have to figure out how to get back to the world that Carl Grimes had dreamed of. But based on his final scene, it might already be too late for him.
Which character do you like more on AMC’s impressive list of shows?