In a total non-surprise, Breaking Bad completely dominated everything everywhere yesterday. The terminal episode aired last night, bringing the ballad of Walter White and co. to a close. So how did the final show fair on social media? Putting it lightly, Breaking Bad took the rest of TV out back and shot it.
Social analytics team Viralheat went ahead and collected some of the more noteworthy bits of data – perhaps most crucial being the fact that Breaking Bad had 373,337 mentions on Twitter last night. But what the firm was also able to track was how we felt about it all. While clearly how we feel is that television as we know it will never be the same and maybe now is the time to cut the cable cords because what’s even the point anymore!?!?, Viralheat got a little more specific.
As mentioned, the show itself received 373,337 mentions; 24.5 percent were positive and 59 percent were negative. This is a bit perplexing given that most everything I’ve personally heard, or seen posted to Twitter, Facebook, or (gasp!) actual review sites is heralding the finale as one of the best show wrap-ups of all time. Of course, given that we are talking about analytics technologies reading emotion, it’s incredibly possible that tweets lamenting the end of the show were interpreted as “negative,” but were no such thing.
“Viralheat thinks that the sentiment has a higher percentage of negative due to the strong (sad, upset, etc.) feelings around Breaking Bad ending,” a rep for the company tells me. For example …
Still feel like crying because breaking bad is over.
— Simon Mantlo! (@simonmantlo) September 30, 2013
There was also a lot of blatant love.
And it’s done. Goodbye Breaking Bad. I’ll miss you so much, you have no idea. This episode was… perfect? Perfect show. :'(
— Chloé (@ChlorDi) September 30, 2013
Just watched the last episode of Breaking Bad. Perfect.
— Ana (@annakin25) September 30, 2013
Of course there is also this camp:
Is it too soon to say that #BreakingBad got lazy on the 5th season?
— Robert Snyder (@SnyIsTheLimit) September 30, 2013
The man, the myth, the legend himself raked in 133,158 mentions; 31 percent positive, 51 percent negative. Why the high negativity for a character that is – generally, and maybe strangely – beloved? Well, Twitter is an overwhelmingly negative place for starters; you know how you’re more likely to review something you hated to warn people than something you thought was okay, or even liked? Yeah, that applies here too. Also, with such a large number, the sentiment is bound to be more diverse. You get a lot of people talking, you’re going to also get a lot of opinions.
Walter White you fucking genius! #GoodbyeBreakingBad
— Wallflower (@WallflowerShrew) September 30, 2013
Aaron Paul has made us all fall in love with him as well as Jesse, even if we know he’s probably no good for us. That heart of gold shines through and we just can’t help it. Jesse Pinkman recieved 43,706 mentions, with 40 percent positive and 41 percent negative.
never forget jesse pinkman bitch.
— . (@macklemoremurs) September 30, 2013
Naturally, everybody’s favorite character getting a spinoff (okay, he might be the only character getting a spinoff, but with good reason) accumulated 7,248 mentions – and was the most positively tweeted-about of the bunch. Some 48.5 percent of the tweets were positive, and 36 percent were negative.
At least there’s a Saul Goodman spinoff series coming!
— Blake (@blakesepicflow) September 30, 2013
Oh poor, long-suffering Skyler. She’s always been so strangely hated by fans and labeled a buzzkill – seriously, what a nag, right? Her husband lied about dealing meth and then completely turned their lives into a dramatic Pablo Escobar-themed telenovela. What a relentless harpy!! So of course, of her 5,951 mentions, only 34 percent were positive and a whopping 58 percent were negative.
Skyler White is such an annoying whiny bitch ._.
— Martyn Lannister (@DeusExMartyn) September 30, 2013
Skyler white is a bitch… If my husband started selling meth to provide for us after he died I would be happy..
— Kayla Borden (@Kayla_Borden) September 30, 2013
Also worth noting is the fact that none other than Samuel L. Jackson is the biggest jerk of all time for tweeting a spoiler sans warning.
WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FINAL EPISODE STOP READING HERE. ALSO, IT’S SUPER WEIRD YOU READ UP TO THIS POINT; YOU SHOULD BE SITTING IN A CAVE WITH YOUR HANDS OVER YOUR EARS UNTIL YOU WATCH THE SHOW. Also, get this app.
Now that that’s out of the way, look at what Mr. Jackson if you’re nasty posted today:
R I P Walter White! I’m a day late, but got my Money’s Worth! WhoooWeee! MOST MOUGTHUHPFUGGUGH OF A SERIES!!! Thanks Vince, Much Luv!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 30, 2013
The reactions are … passionate. Here’s one of the more reserved responses.
I like u mate I really do but u have just absolutely ruined breaking bad for me cheers ;( @SamuelLJackson
— adam thomas (@adamthomas21) September 30, 2013