Analysis of Breaking bad, episode 306

Executive Summary


Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Setting: Contemporary, New Mexico, USA

Overview: Baking Bad is a thrilling drama that follows the transformation of Walt, a high school chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine manufacturer. The story begins with Walt's diagnosis of lung cancer, which leads him to team up with former student Jesse to produce and sell meth. As their operation grows, they become entangled in a dangerous world of crime and face numerous challenges. The script explores themes of identity, family, ambition, guilt, and survival. The story takes place in various settings, including the New Mexico desert, a tribal police cruiser, a superlab, and Los Pollos Hermanos. The script's unique voice combines descriptive language, realistic dialogue, and a talent for creating tension and suspense. Baking Bad appeals to audiences who enjoy character-driven dramas with complex moral dilemmas and intense storytelling.

Themes: Identity and Heritage, Suspense and Danger, Family and Relationships, Ambition and Success, Guilt and Consequences, Science and Knowledge, Power and Control, Desperation and Survival, Justice and Morality, Betrayal and Loyalty

Conflict and Stakes: The primary conflicts in this story include the investigation of Mrs. Peyketewa's death, the conflict between Walt and Skyler regarding their divorce and the meth business, the conflict between Jesse and his crew over the new approach to selling meth, and the conflict between Walt and Hank as Hank suspects Walt's involvement in the meth business. The stakes include the safety and reputation of the characters, their relationships, and their freedom.

Overall Mood: Dark, intense, and suspenseful

Mood/Tone at Key Scenes:

Standout Features:

  • Unique Hook: Exploration of the moral complexities of its characters and the consequences of their actions
  • Major Twist : The Cousins killing the Deputy and the negotiation between Gus and the Cousins
  • Distinctive Setting : The New Mexico desert and the tribal police cruiser

Comparable Scripts:

  • No Country for Old Men
  • Breaking Bad
  • Better Call Saul
  • No Country for Old Men

Writing Style:

The writing style of the screenplay is characterized by a focus on tension, suspense, and character-driven storytelling. The dialogue is often concise and impactful, revealing the characters' professionalism and commitment. There is also a strong emphasis on realism and authenticity in the portrayal of characters and their actions.

Style Similarities:

  • Vince Gilligan
  • David Simon
Other Similarities


Explanation: The screenplay effectively sets up conflicts and plot developments, such as the divorce between Walt and Skyler and the impending confrontation with the Cousins. The character arcs for Walt and Jesse are well-developed, showcasing their transformations and the toll the illegal activities take on them. However, there are areas that could be improved, such as the dialogue and the need for clearer connections between certain storylines. Overall, the screenplay has a compelling narrative and effectively builds tension and suspense throughout.
Market Analaysis

Budget Estimate:$50-70 million

Target Audience Demographics: Adults aged 18-54, fans of crime dramas and character-driven stories

Marketability: The screenplay has a strong and dedicated fan base, and the success of the TV show 'Breaking Bad' demonstrates the marketability of this type of story. The screenplay offers a compelling and complex narrative with well-developed characters and explores themes that resonate with a wide audience.

The screenplay has a unique blend of genres, combining elements of crime drama, thriller, and character study. It offers a fresh take on the drug trade and explores the moral complexities of its characters. The screenplay has the potential to attract both mainstream and niche audiences.

The screenplay's strong writing, compelling characters, and intense storytelling make it marketable to fans of crime dramas and character-driven stories. The success of similar projects in recent years, such as 'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul,' also indicates a market for this type of content.

Profit Potential: High, due to the strong marketability and potential for critical acclaim. The screenplay has the potential to attract a wide audience and generate significant revenue through box office sales, streaming rights, and merchandise. Additionally, the screenplay's potential for awards recognition could further boost its profitability.

Analysis Criteria Percentiles
Writer's Voice

Summary:The writer's voice is characterized by a blend of descriptive language, realistic dialogue, and concise narrative description. They have a talent for creating tension and suspense through their writing, as well as conveying emotional depth and authenticity in their characters.

Best representation: Scene 6 - Chemistry and Surveillance. This scene is the best representation because it showcases the writer's ability to create vivid and engaging visual and sensory descriptions, as well as their talent for crafting natural and authentic dialogue that reveals character traits and dynamics.

Memorable Lines:

  • Officer Kee: HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!! (Scene 2)
  • GUS: I told you before. You will not kill Walter White. Not until my business with him has concluded. (Scene 14)
  • DISPATCHER: KDK-12, come in... KDK-12... (Scene 1)
  • SAUL: what do I look like, the RV disposal people? Did you not plan for this contingency? (Scene 9)

Officer Kee:A young Native American deputy

Mrs. Peyketewa:A woman who is found dead in her house

Cousins:Two dangerous individuals who kill the Deputy

Walt:A chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine manufacturer

Skyler:Walt's wife

Jesse:Walt's former student and partner in the meth business

Gus:A powerful drug lord

Badger:Jesse's friend and member of his crew

Skinny Pete:Jesse's friend and member of his crew

Hank:Walt's brother-in-law and a DEA agent

Walter Jr.:Walt's son

Gale:Walt's lab assistant

Saul:A criminal lawyer who helps Walt and Jesse

Marie:Hank's wife

Francesca:Saul's secretary

Old Joe:Owner of the crusher yard

Officer Elaine Tanner:A police officer who delivers news to Hank

Story Shape