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I had an interesting discussion with a friend today about "Breaking Bad," and I pointed out that none of the bad stuff that happened in that story line (and the people who died...) wouldn't have happened if Walter White had just accepted that it was his time to go (which granted, he wanted to at first). Everything bad that happened arguably arose out of Walter's squeezing out more time than he really had left.

That's not how I saw it. Initially he was prepared to die, and wanted to leave plenty of money for his wife, son, and unborn child before he did so.

Unfortunately, the only solution the high-school teacher could think of to make a ton of money in a hurry was in an illegal trade, dealing with sociopathic and ruthless characters. Particularly in the first season, each episode showed Walt compromising his moral code a little bit more in order to clean up the mess of the previous episode.

Had he accepted that it was time to go and then just died a few weeks later in his bed, his family would have been in hard financial straits, something he couldn't accept.
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