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Cajun Tomato’s 10 Most Popular Posts of 2011

Happy New Year!


It’s time for another list. This one contains my 10 most popular blog posts of 2011, according to WordPress statistics. All were written in 2011, except the Tucker Max post (November 2010).

I want to thank everyone who read this blog over the past year. My page views were eight times higher than 2010! I also encourage you to “like” me on Facebook.

Below are my 10 most popular blog posts of 2011. Enjoy!

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"Breaking Bad": Why Walter White's Win Will Be Temporary

Heisenberg has arrived!

WARNING: If you have not watched the season finale of “Breaking Bad” I would recommend you do so before reading any further. What follows below are my thoughts about the Season 4 finale “Face Off” and what lies ahead for the show’s final season.

There are no winners on AMC’s electric drama “Breaking Bad.” Just people better at putting on a mask than others. And so it was ironic near the end of “Face Off” when protagonist Walter White told his estranged wife, “I won,” when she inquired about his role in a nursing home bombing that killed arch-enemy Gus Fring and two others.

At season’s end, Walt has his freedom from the shackles of Gus’ operation, a safe family, and the loyalty of his partner again. He is in the clear. Or so he thinks.

The thing is no one is ever in the clear on this show. Series mastermind Vince Gilligan reminds of this in the season’s final shot, which features a close-up of the flower used to poison the young boy. The Lily of the Valley is near Walt’s swimming pool.

Sixteen episodes remain in “Breaking Bad”‘s sensational run. Dark times await Walter White, regardless of whether the sun shines on him today. His mask is permanent. He is now Heisenberg, the cold-blooded bad-ass, 24/7.

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Predicting Breaking Bad's Season 4 Finale

Gus Fring played by Giancarlo Esposito

NOTE: This post contains my educated guesses for the Season 4 finale but does not contain any insider knowledge. This is just for fun. If you have not been following Season 4, you should probably get caught up before reading this.

Earlier this season I predicted Jesse’s death was imminent in Season 4. Then I predicted Gus’s death was imminent, and it might still be.

Show creator Vince Gilligan has made Season 4 to feel like any major character could die, even though the viewer knows the core of the show is Walt and Jesse’s dysfunctional relationship. They must make it to the final season, at least one would think so.

In this season’s penultimate episode titled “End Times,” Jesse puts a gun to Walt’s head just two weeks after kicking his ass in a fight. But their relationship takes a swift, upward turn when Walt persuades Jesse to believe Gus might have poisoned young Brock.

The episode ends with Walt lying in wait to blow up Gus’s car in the hospital parking lot. Except Gus, sensing something is wrong, walks away from his car, thwarting Walt’s plan.

This is where the fourth season’s final episode “Face Off” takes flight.

AMC’s web site provides this synopsis for “Face Off”: “Walt and Jesse team up to take on Gus. With Saul’s help, Walt finds an unexpected ally.”

Who is this “unexpected ally?” And who will die in the Season 4 finale?

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Time Ticking on "Breaking Bad"'s Gus Fring

Gus Fring played by Giancarlo Esposito

WARNING: This post is a landmine of spoilers and speculation. Consider yourself forewarned.

Since my PDX fantasy football draft ended a few weeks ago, I have received a dozen emails per day featuring trash talk and assorted pictures of players, courtesy of the league’s forum.

Today, I received a league-related email containing a question that had nothing to do with football, but was interesting nonetheless. The league commissioner Pat Tebow — I would not be surprised if he changed his last name to reflect his Broncos fandom — posed a query about AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”

What will happen to meth mastermind Gus Fring, Pat asked.

The short answer appears to be “something very bad.” Then again, I feared the worst for show stalwart Jesse Pinkman but he now seems out of danger. (Click the link to read my Pinkman prediction.)

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The Fate of Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman

Jesse Pinkman played by Aaron Paul

SPOILER ALERT: This post includes spoiler-y type material on the fourth season of “Breaking Bad.” Any suggestions about the future of Jesse Pinkman are mere guesses, not representative of any inside knowledge about the show.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been saying Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) will get killed in Season Four. The nonstop party lifestyle he has lived since killing superchemist Gail Boettinger will ultimately be his demise. Or, at least, it seems that way.

My roommates disagree. They say Pinkman is the moral center of the show. Sure, he’s a drug user and pusher, but he’s got a decent heart and his interactions with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) make him essential to the show’s continuation, they argue.

For about 15 minutes in this Sunday’s fourth episode I thought my prediction was about to come true. It appeared the show’s creator Vince Gilligan had decided to off his second most important character — either at the hands of one of his party guests or Gus’ enforcer, Mike (Jonathan Banks). It turned out to be nothing more than a suspenseful tease, which left me feverishly anticipating this Sunday’s fifth episode titled “Shotgun.”

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