Complex TV


This chapter considers how serial characters work within the constraints of the television medium and the limits of presenting character change over time, considering how The Sopranos, Angel, Lost, Game of Thrones, and Dexter create compelling, complex characters. Many complex serials have embraced antiheroes as lead characters, using the long-form narrative structure to layer psychological traits and key elements of backstory. This chapter uses the case study of Breaking Bad and its antihero protagonist to explore how serial dramas construct changing characters with different approaches to relationships, flashbacks, memory, narration, and performance.

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