WGA noms spark outrage: Where's 'Breaking Bad' episode 'Ozymandias'?

By Marcus James Dixon
By Marcus James Dixon
Dec 08 2013 12:18 pm
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While "Breaking Bad" leads this year's Writers Guild of America awards for all of television with four nominations, one omission has fans of the late AMC series in an uproar: Where's the Episodic Drama nomination for "Ozymandias"?

Written by Moira Walley-Beckett, "Ozymandias" enraptured all forms of social media when it aired back in September due to its shocking subject nature. The episode began with the conclusion of the desert shoot-out from the previous episode and featured Walter White (Bryan Cranston) pleading on his knees with the gun-yielding Nazis to save the life of his brother-in-law DEA Hank (Dean Norris).

Other memorable highlights from this buzzy episode included Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte) finding out the truth about his father's meth empire, Walter and Skyler (Anna Gunn) engaged in a family knife fight, Walter kidnapping his infant daughter as Skyler ran after him down the street, and finally Walter creating a false identity to leave everyone behind.

Speaking about the episode to TV Fanatic, creator Vince Gilligan even admitted, "I think for my money, [this] is the best episode we ever had or ever will have."

TV Guide's Matt Roush agreed, writing, "The final season's greatest episode was undoubtedly the harrowing 'Ozymandias,' but the finale was no slouch."

Perhaps most impressively of all, "Ozymandias" received a perfect 10 out of 10 from more than 41,000 users at IMDB.com.

With all those kudos in consideration, our forum posters were shocked this week to find "Ozymandias" snubbed by the WGA. Instead, the six nominees for Episodic Drama are three other episodes from "Breaking Bad" ("Buried," "Confessions" and "Granite State"), two TV pilots ("House of Cards" and "Masters of Sex") and the fan-favorite "Hitting the Fan" episode of "The Good Wife."

The WGA nominees for Best Drama Series are "Breaking Bad," "The Good Wife," "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Mad Men." (To see the complete list of nominees, including Best Comedy Series and Episodic Comedy, click here.)

Could the omission of "Ozymandias" be a simple oversight? Or were the WGA voters so sick of hearing how great the episode was, they took it upon themselves to honor some of the smaller "Breaking Bad" hours this season? Whatever the case, here is a small sample of outrage from our savvy forum posters.

ThemeParks4Life: Solid list of nominees (minus Homeland and Ray Donavan), but no Ozymandias?!?!

nahborghi: The Ugly: No Ozymandias. What the hell happened?

Renaton: They chose the most random BB episodes again. "Granite State"? I liked Buried, but I actually think there have been better episodes. Confessions really did deserve the nom. But no Tohajiilee, no Felina and especially no Ozymandias is very weird.

Cobalt Blue: All the nominated Breaking Bad episodes are understandable, in particular I found 'Confessions' to be a great triumph of writing, but to snub 'Ozymandias' is beyond all comprehension.

thedemonhog: Moira Walley-Beckett ("Ozymandias", "Gliding Over All") and Vince Gilligan ("Felina", "Madrigal") were snubbed last year, too. With neither of them in, what exactly is the frontrunner?

FrozenBarbie: I may have to watch Granite State again to understand why the writing in that episode is better than To'hajilee, Ozymandias or Felina. I'm baffled over that one... especially Ozymandias, for cryin' out loud.

Do you agree that "Ozymandias" deserved a WGA nomination? Sound off in the comments section below. And do you think "Breaking Bad" is going to win Best Drama Series at the Golden Globes? Vote below using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 

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