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New book takes scholarly look at 'Breaking Bad'

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 27, 2013 at 10:42 am •  Published: September 27, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Walter White, the lead character in the hit television series "Breaking Bad," will have his guns blazing in the series finale, predicts the author of an upcoming book on the series.

University of Southern Maine professor David Pierson said he expects White will have a showdown with a gang of thugs that has stolen some $70 million of his money in the series' final episode, which airs Sunday night.

Pierson's new book on the Emmy-winning show, "Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Context, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series," is scheduled to be published in November. The book is an edited collection of essays from academic scholars that offers diverse perspectives of the show.

"Breaking Bad" revolves around Walter White, a chemistry teacher turned drug lord who produces and sells methamphetamine with former student Jesse Pinkman so he can provide a secure financial future for his family after his lung cancer diagnosis.

An avid fan of the AMC show, Pierson said the series has fervent fans in part because of White's transformation from a put-upon chemistry teacher with a pregnant wife, a son with cerebral palsy and a small bank account into an assertive entrepreneur — even if it's a life of crime — to provide for his family in Albuquerque, N.M.

The book contains 11 essays with different viewpoints of the series, written by scholars in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy.

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