Popping someone’s bubble of ignorance and forcing them to deal with reality.
That’s actually a really literal description of this gif
Q: Was there a part that was particularly painful to write?
A - Walley-Beckett: “…I think the hardest thing to write, if I had to pick, would be the phone call with Walt and Skyler (Anna Gunn). He’s vile. He says these heinous things and it’s hard to know what’s true and what isn’t. But he’s using secret language, really. He’s communicating with Skyler to let her know that he’s trying to protect her and within that conversation she has to come to that understanding. That was very complicated to navigate.
Q: The audience doesn’t realize what he is doing until a ways into the conversation.
A: ”It was because some of what he was saying is true, and then he crosses a line that he has never crossed before with the insult. That’s the tell for Skyler. And then we are privileged to see how saying these things is breaking his heart. It is just destroying him to say these things, and he has to. It was a really interesting strategy.”
Alan Sepinwall’s pick for who should win: “Breaking Bad. Its final batch of episodes did just about everything you would want in the end of an all-time great drama series, including a clever Choose Your Own Ending approach to the final three episodes that allowed viewers to choose between exactly how bleak they wanted the conclusion to feel, without invalidating the existence of the other two episodes. Rare is a single episode of a season good enough to justify a win, but the apocalyptic ‘Ozymandias’ qualifies, and when you add in all the harrowing moments before and after, there’s no other nominee that operated on this emotional level for as long and as well as Breaking Bad did. Mad Men, True Detective and Game of Thrones had scenes and/or episodes that were at least in the neighborhood, but the totality of Walter White’s final journey took place in a different hemisphere from the competition.”
Alan’s pick for who will win: “At the end of its final season, Breaking Bad felt like the runaway favorite in this and every other category for which it was nominated. But a long time has passed, and while nothing to air since September has been better, it’s easy to imagine Emmy voters feeling like they paid their respects to the departed show with last year’s win in this category, and that they’d rather move on to something newer and shinier like True Detective. In the end, I think the overwhelming quality of the episodes, coupled with various types of TD backlash in the last few months, is enough for Gilligan and company to repeat here. But it also wouldn’t be a shock if HBO got its first win in this category since the final season of The Sopranos.”