Happy Easter, B****!
I didn't start watching the TV series Breaking Bad until early this year, after it was over. What persuaded me was Bryan Cranston's acceptance speech for the whole cast's award for Ensemble in a Drama Series.
No, not the "white supremacist Nazis" part. The "I would kill you all over again" part.
Now that I've watched the whole series, do you know what would really make my Easter? A video showing all the death scenes on the show, each followed by a clip of the actor who played the dead character talking about that role, and if possible, that particular scene. Because that's exactly how insignificant sin and death became on that first Easter morning: they're nothing but a laughing matter for those who have the hope of rising again with Christ. And the award for the whole cast at the end? Well, that's the heavenly crown.
I did find a pretty good video of the "death count"--but it misses a couple of characters and is more of a Holy Week meditation than an Easter celebration. Spoilers after the jump, of course . . .
One friend who pushed Breaking Bad on me (because, yeah, it's like a drug--not that you haven't heard this comparison before =P) said that it has a good ending because Walter White is able to redeem himself. While I am glad that Walter finally admits to himself and to his wife what the root of all his actions was, I don't buy Pelagian happy endings.
It would have been too silly--not to mention too out of character for Walter--had the show ended with explicit signs of his salvation. But the point to take away is that salvation was always open to him, no matter how bad he broke. All his sins--all the deaths he caused or helped to bring about, and all the agony he brought upon innocent people and those who trusted him--are just tiny notes on a ledger that was stamped "Telestai' on the first Good Friday. And this is true for our own sins as well.
This is our faith: that all debts have been paid in full. We may still mourn the wages of sin today, but we can also begin to share the joy of eternal life.