Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
Regarding the bomb thing with Gus, I read from multiple sources that its not that unusual for explosion victims to survive for minute or two and have reactions you might not expect similar to Gus, due to the shock.
That may be true, but I felt like that was clearly a style/character choice. And I loved it. For that split second you got that reminder of how utterly in control Gus always is, how he was the one guy Walt was never going to beat. Then: bam. It was the button on the scene, so to speak. Sure, Gus could have been immediately struck dead in the nursing home room, and he would have been dead just the same, making no difference to the plot. but you lose that dramatic effect, not only in that moment, but the overwhelming, overarching sense of the shift of power king from Gus to Walt. Which VASTLY affected Walt's character development and the choices he made from that point forward. That moment of his walking out was a split-second encapsulation of how difficult it was for Walt to kill him and how much it meant.
That's phenomenal storytelling. I don't care in a case like that whether it could happen in real life or not. I can see real life on the street. I watch TV for constructed, deliberate style and character choices.