Warning: this piece contains discussion of spoilers.


Last Saturday, the owners of Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse buried Walter White, the antihero of AMC’s Breaking Bad, at 8:00PM Albuquerque time. When a television program transcends its medium and becomes an international real-world boilerplate for water cooler conversation, an unprecedented conundrum leaks into the collective unconscious. Studies of the Breaking Bad timeline indicate that it began in 2008 and ended with White’s death in 2010, which means that Walt’s IRL funeral is actually timeshifted three years behind schedule. But that’s not the only thing that’s oddly sequenced in an on-demand world.