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By and large, the Breaking Bad series finale (which aired Sept. 29th) satisfied viewers and critics alike. Entertainment Weekly called it "brutal," "poignant" and "satiating."
Still, an alternate ending has surfaced on the Internet, which might be described as "silly," "hilarious" and "clever." You can watch it here. (FYI: Sony Pictures pulled the YouTube clip for copyright infringement, because the alternate ending appears on the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series DVD box set.)
The "it was all a dream" trope might be an enormous cop-out for an actual series finale, but boy, is it comedy gold for a jokey alternate one! After all those years of playing the creepiest badass on TV's grittiest drama, Bryan Cranston couldn't be more adorable reprising his former role as the hapless Hal on Malcolm in the Middle. Hal would never watch a show like Breaking Bad. The dream itself nearly sent him over the edge.
Breaking Bad isn't the first series finale to inspire alternate endings that went viral online. Here are three shows whose unsatisfying finales were mocked, and then replaced by fans who felt they had better ideas…
Legions of Sopranos fans stared dumbly at their TV sets as the show's final season ended with... a black screen. For many people, this alternate ending would have been preferable:
Many Lost acolytes complained bitterly that what they'd lost was the six years of their lives they'd spent trying to solve a puzzle that was never completely solved. This alternate ending, which was shown at Comic-Con, cleverly expressed some of the fan frustration:
Dexter's ending disappointed many; this alternate ending on YouTube isn't any better. But if you watch Curb Your Enthusiasm, it's pretty funny:
By the way: It's a testament to Breaking Bad's greatness that even the parody of its finale was better than those of other shows!
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.