Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have been 2 of the greatest T.V shows of our time and in leagues of their own. Though they are kind of similar in genre, both being drama, albeit crime and fantasy respectively, I don't think there is any objective benchmark to compare the 2 and proclaim one to be better than the other.
However, as a viewer, I do have my favourites and I would any day pledge my heart to Breaking Bad than Game of Thrones due to the following reasons:
- The thrill and adrenaline rush that a person can get from BB is vastly superior to that from GoT if the person is someone who has read the GoT books beforehand and already knows the story. Though there sure is the anticipation of watching it on screen, the effect of being completely hit in the face by something unknown and unexpected is lost in this case. You already know what's going to happen and it is only 'about time'.
There were episodes in BB which had TOTALLY unexpected twists and blows and left me clutching my heart in the madness. For me personally, the end of S05E13,To'hajiilee was one of such moments. I think I forgot to breathe for some time.
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- GoT interweaves multiple plotlines with several noble houses, their kings, members, the mythical creatures beyond the wall, the fight for the Iron throne and a multitude of characters from Arya Stark to Tyrion Lannister. The point is, there is AMPLE scope for drama. There are infinite possibilities and theories that can be conceived, for such is the layout of the story. It is not as big a deal that the series is engaging and so endearing.
But BB has just a single plot. Just a handful of characters that you can count off on your fingertips. And come to think of it, in the beginning, it is just this middle aged, overqualified chemistry teacher who wants to cook meth! It is just the everyday woes of an average man struggling to pay his bills, dealing with a surprise baby and a son who has cerebral palsy. It is just some ordinary man who's bogged down by his responsibilities. Now come on, how interesting CAN he get? But herein, lies the greatness of Vince Gilligan (the creator) and thus of Breaking Bad.
Gilligan has beautifully turned this insipid, but morally righteous man into a ruthless drug lord (cook, to be more technical) whose morality just vanishes into thin air by the end of the series. From a meek and gentle human, he becomes this manipulative bastard who could go to any lengths to protect his interests.
Epicness through simplicity. Period.
- The level of intellect or knowledge required to enjoy BB to the last bits is minimal due to the same reason that things are pretty much straightforward with few characters and a single plotline. But in the case of GoT, you NEED to know all the characters, the houses and keep track of all those seemingly small characters who make an appearance here and there for they might weigh in heavily in the future. In short, if you don't know the people, their background, their interests and ambitions or can't place someone, you wouldn't understand a thing and thus not be able to enjoy it. Many a time, some of my friends who hadn't read the books would sit and read the Wikipedia pages for the corresponding episodes they had just finished watching to get the full crux of it. So yes, again, you HAVE to put in some effort to comprehend the whole thing. But with BB, no such difficulty is encountered as you just need to sit back and enjoy.