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When Breaking Bad ended its' run on Sunday, there was definitely a major hole in great television that was leaving us, a series that managed to get better and better with every season with complex and enjoyable characters, great stories, lots of action, and a lot of really good drama.
In fact, as I re-watched the series last week, I was re-examining how much I was enjoying the series and how it has moved up in my favorite TV shows because of that. To tell you the truth, it's actually moved up from being within the top 10 all the way up into the top 5.
But enough of sucking off on Breaking Bad's badassness, that's not what we're here to talk about.
The big question on everybody's mind is how can any show replace the greatness that is Breaking Bad? Hell, is there any show that can be as good as Breaking Bad?
Probably not, but it's fun to make predictions on what's to come in the future so, let's ask the big question on everybody's mind, what's the next TV series to follow after Breaking Bad?
To fully understand what shows could possibly fill that gap, let's take a look at some of the most popular series following Breaking Bad that could fill that gap:
The Walking Dead
Game Of Thrones
Let's start off with The Walking Dead, one of two of AMC's other popular series.
As you saw on last year's list of the best TV shows of 2012, The Walking Dead was in a four-way tie for the best show of the year with Homeland, Breaking Bad, & Game Of Thrones.
But that was for the first half of the third season and while the second half was good, I really believed the first half was the best part of the season with that mentality of anybody can go and there was a lot more tension and dramatics but the second half of the season didn't really up the ante or the dramatic tension like Breaking Bad did.
Also, the second season of the series was not as strong as the first season was because of the same problems with the third season where the first half was more exciting than the second half.
A series that keeps getting good and then being mediocre with each season isn't going to keep my interests and will certainly not be considered as a good series to follow after Breaking Bad.
I mean, if season four can manage to outdo everything it's done and take some tips from Breaking Bad and make two great half seasons by upping the ante and dramatic tension and not falling into the same lackluster gap that each of the second halves from season two and three did, The Walking Dead could maybe still have a chance to be the next great series to follow but the chances of that are slim.
Now, let's look at Homeland, the best drama series that Showtime has ever produced and the first two seasons are both great seasons, upping the ante and dramatic tension and giving us sympathy for its' main characters, played by Damian Lewis, Claire Danes, and Mandy Patinkin as well as giving us a lot of good action sequences to follow. It's like a more well put together version of 24 that takes more chances that 24 was able to do.
However, the second season finale of Homeland really felt like a lackluster move from all the great stuff that was coming in the earlier episodes of the season. The plot for the finale was well put together and a lot of the scenes were effective but the stuff between Carrie (Danes) & Brody (Lewis) was very bland and forgettable.
But then again, the third season started off very well at the same levels of the best episodes in season two creating great chemistry between Carrie & Brody that was missing in the season finale as well as great action and good story.
Homeland still has the potential to become a great series and it's one of the best Showtime series that they've produced and the third season started off on a good note so Homeland still has a good chance of being the next great TV series to follow.
As great as both Walking Dead & Homeland are, there's still one show that I think stands the best chance of being the next great TV series to follow after Breaking Bad.
It's HBO's Game Of Thrones.
Not to say that HBO hasn't had their fair share of great shows in the gap between The Sopranos and Game Of Thrones. There was Entourage, Eastbound & Down, and Boardwalk Empire.
But it's Game Of Thrones that manages to do its' job the best of managing to keep audiences on the edge of their seats with each episode, much like how Breaking Bad did just that. Also, Game Of Thrones creates memorable characters, impressive action scenes, and great stories, mostly taken from the book series the show is based on.
Game Of Thrones also has the distinction of doing what Breaking Bad did and gets better and better with each season with this last season being the show's best and featuring one of my favorite TV episodes of all-time, "The Rains Of Castamere" (a.k.a. the Red Wedding episode).
If the fourth season can continue to up the ante and manage to do what Breaking Bad manages to pull, Game Of Thrones could have the best potential to be the next TV series to follow after Breaking Bad.
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