When he was a young scientist, Walter White and his lab partner Gretchen analyzed the chemical composition of the human body, coming up with various percentages of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and more. All the elements added up to 99 percent.
“Doesn’t it seem like something’s missing?” asked Walter, wondering if that’s all there is to a human being.
“What about the soul?” responded Gretchen.
“The soul?” Walter said. “There’s nothing but chemistry here.”
That’s an exchange from a flashback scene in a Season One episode of the AMC series “Breaking Bad,” which begins its final season this Sunday, August 11. Though I’m a latecomer to the show, having only started watching it recently on Netflix, it becomes quickly obvious that the entire series gives witness to the slippery slope down which Walter slides as he sells the soul in which he doesn’t believe.
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