“To all law enforcement entities, this is not an admission of guilt”: antiheroism and redemption in Breaking Bad
Walter White, alias “Heisenberg”, is the protagonist of Breaking Bad (2008-2013). As every antihero, he is double-sided: self-centered and familiar, criminal and fatherly, smart and ruthless, morally ambiguous although strangely attractive to the contemporary viewer. This article aims to study this figure from an hermeneutical point of view. We analyze and interpret the script of the pilot (1.1) and the last episode (5.16) in order to determine whether there are traces of anti-heroism and redemption in this character strictly linked to narrative elements, such as the description of the character, the physical and social context, dialogues and visual resources.