The last season of Breaking Bad stands up to the literary reputation of the rest of the series. We've arrived at our Shakespearean fifth act, and Breaking Bad gives us the pathos we've been promised.
Much ink has been spilled on this final season, and there's little I have to add to it, but I will say two things.
1. You really, really should watch this show if you haven't. Without hyperbole, it is an easy top five for best shows I've ever seen.
2. This final season is genre-defining. Any lingering objections to the assertion that we are living in a golden age of television must be put to rest. You can't point to the unfinished feeling left by the last episode of The Sopranos, or the fact that Deadwood got canceled. I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- TV is now better than the movies.