How Breaking Bad Reflects The Sopranos

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It’s common knowledge that Breaking Bad was inspired by The Sopranos, but a detailed new fan theory takes that concept to a whole new level.

breaking Bad and The Sopranos both represent the height of the golden age of television, but a new fan theory intrinsically links the two series. The Sopranos First aired in 1999, for an award-winning eight-year series as the story of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his mob-run criminal empire unfolds in dramatic fashion. The end of The Sopranos in 2007 would mark the birth of another television giant in the form of breaking Bad, which itself has won no less than 16 Primetime Emmy Awards – among others – over its five stellar seasons.

breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has very publicly stated the influence that The Sopranos helped shape his neo-Western crime drama. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2013 after Gandolfini’s death, Gilligan said: “Without Tony Soprano, there would be no Walter White.” In the same interview, Gilligan went on to say that the juxtaposition of breaking BadThe competing internal personalities of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) were born after meeting Gandolfini, as he was “struck by the disconnect between the creepy mob boss and the warm, friendly man who played him.”

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A fan theory about Reddit suggest the link between The Sopranos and breaking Bad is more than just a source of inspiration. In an incredibly detailed post, one user breaks down each series side-by-side using chiral theory to claim that breaking Bad is actually a mirror image of The Sopranos. This mirror image theory asserts that instead of being inspired by The Sopranos, by Vince Gilligan breaking Bad reverse instead each Soprano stage to tell its own story, acting as a detailed series of tributes in deference to David Chase’s great HBO TV drama.



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Reddit user DrSatan420247’s analysis of the two shows side-by-side seems to prove breaking Bad and The Sopranos acting in perfect symmetry with each other. The sophisticated and expansive mirroring of each scene goes beyond simple homage, with breaking BadThe plot is littered with inversions of The Sopranos‘scenes. In other words, these similarities are not only Soprano Easter eggs, but rather polarized portraits of moments from the HBO series, big and small, that Gilligan used as the basis for all of his breaking Bad story.

A fascinating example here is the use of a prosthetic leg at a time The Sopranos and breaking Badthe stories. In The Sopranos season 4, Janice (Aida Turturro) steals Svetlana’s (Alla Kliouka) prosthetic leg, prompting two of her Russian associates to invade Janice’s house while she is home, only to find the stolen leg is not not here. In perfect symmetry of the chiral theory, breaking Bad‘s Jesse (Aaron Paul) invades the home of two local drug addicts in breaking Bad. In this scene, however, no one is home, but the first thing he encounters is a stolen prosthetic leg, reversing the events of the correspondent. Soprano scenes. While this theory is, of course, open to many interpretations, there are certainly enough indicators to suggest a deeper level of symmetry between the two series. breaking Bad mirrors The Sopranos in the most mind-blowing way.


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