Though for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards largely ceded to tradition last night, there was one new addition to the show.
When Debra Messing and Jim Parsons presented Anna Gunn with the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama award, the orchestra, as is typical, played an interpretation of her show's theme song. Quick reminder: this is the Breaking Bad theme. This is what they played:
Hunh? Were those ... were those wind chimes?
A little heavy on the magic-and-dread wind chimes, there, Emmy orchestra.— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) August 26, 2014
Yes, in a choice that could most generously be described as "bizarre" and could also be called "the worst," the Emmys' music direction performed a version of the Breaking Bad theme that featured chimes. Lots of chimes. Chimes at full volume. It was an oddity at first:
Not sure why the band is adding wind chimes to the Breaking Bad theme song...— Aaron Thomas (@AaronThomas_PG) August 26, 2014
What is WITH the music tonight. Were those wind-chimes!? #Emmys— Ashley (@ashley_actually) August 26, 2014
Then it happened again, at 26 seconds into this clip:
This seems to be where the audience started to break down.
WIND CHIMES FROM HELL #Emmys— Devin Fuller (@DevFull) August 26, 2014
THOSE WIND CHIMES ARE CORING OUT MY SKULL #Emmys2014— Andrew (@jupin) August 26, 2014
Some viewers were still sane enough to make jokes ...
Either someone in the Emmy orchestra loves wind chimes or McConaughey just evaporated & disappeared into the wind.— Kyle Daniele (@kzdaniele) August 26, 2014
here's your lede, pop culture writers: jon hamm lost to wind chimes— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) August 26, 2014
... while others saw the writing on the wall:
true detective for best drama so we don't have to hear those wind chimes— Kreacher Fans Only (@EpicKaitlin) August 26, 2014
As expected, when Breaking Bad took the big prize, the chimes came out, even stronger than they were before:
Media Twitter reacted in kind:
THE WIND CHIMES! THEY WILL HAUNT MY DREAMS! AHHHHH!— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) August 26, 2014
FUCK THESE FUCKING CHIMES— Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) August 26, 2014
Notably, during Best Supporting Actor winner Aaron Paul's win, the wind chimes did not play. It's as if the conductor looked at his chime person at the next commercial, shrugged and said, "More wind chimes?"
“They just said they wanted a lot of wind chimes. How was I supposed to know for what?” - guy who sold #Emmys 25 sets of wind chimes today.— Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg) August 26, 2014
As with all things in the microculture of today, however, the chimes had proud (or at least sarcastic) defenders:
We need more wind chimes #Emmys— supporter (@importerxporter) August 26, 2014
Dope wind chimes you guys. Let's turn them up. #Emmys2014— Kevin Schneider (@kmschneid) August 26, 2014
One thing's for certain, though: In a show that left us without much to talk about, the chimes rose up to save us from our boredom.
The most compelling part of the Emmys was those weird wind chimes.— Julie Brister (@bristahsouljah) August 26, 2014
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