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Review: 'Breaking Bad' Season Premiere Promises All Bad Things Must Come To An End

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by Cory Everett
August 11, 2013 9:52 PM
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What Lies Ahead

- If you were concerned that Walt's adversaries were all in the past (and in the ground), think again. Gilligan told EW, "There will be antagonistic relationships aplenty. Walt's got plenty of fight left in him. And he's got plenty of forces to fight. You met some of them. Others you haven't. As the movie title goes, there will be blood. You need to really settle down on the couch and pay close attention because it's going to come at you fast and furious in the final eight episodes."

- Charlie Rose recently let slip that he'll be appearing on the penultimate episode presumably as himself possibly interviewing Walt? Or Walt's family?

- "Looper" director Rian Johnson (who had previously helmed the episodes "Fly" and "Fifty-One") will return to direct the third to last episode titled "Ozymandias" which almost certainly has to do with this just released teaser. Gilligan praised Johnson, calling him "the next Spielberg or next Michael Mann" and said his upcoming episode might be the best in the entire series. "It may be the best one we've ever done.... unfortunately there's two more [episodes] after that."

This Is The End

- Though most people assume that the series has to conclude with Walt's demise, Cranston suggested during the TimesTalks event that it might not be the only possibility left. "What if the thing he wanted the most, which was the togetherness of his family—what if he lived and they didn't? Wouldn't that be a worse hell to be in... or maybe he should die? I vacillate on this."

- Adding even more confusing layers onto either of these theories is Gilligan, who told Vulture, "In my mind, the ending is a victory for Walt. You might see the episode and say, "What the fuck was he talking about?" But it's a somewhat happy ending, in my estimation." He also elaborated to EW, "We worked long and hard to ensure that these final eight—and, in fact, the very last episode—would satisfy an audience. I am guardedly optimistic that we have achieved just that. And furthermore, trying to be as coy as possible, trying to give away as little as possible, I feel like this ending represents on some level, however small, something of a victory for Walter White. Read into that what you will. And try to be as open-minded as possible when you watch this episode, because it may not indeed feel like a victory. Or maybe it will. … I feel good about where it all ended up, and I can't wait for people to see it."

- One last bit of hype to fuel the fire is DP Michael Slovis who spoke to RogerEbert.com about the end of the show. "All I can tell you is…two things: A) You will not be disappointed, I promise. I promise, I promise, I promise. B) Every single storyline will be buttoned up, and there will be no loose ends. It's going to redefine last seasons of television. It's going to redefine series finales, which are almost inevitably disappointing. This one will not disappoint. I've seen all eight episodes. I've seen it through to the end, and I sat in front of my screen crying, myself, alone, during the last couple of episodes, and I'm telling you…well, call me afterwards. Call me in September, let me know what you think."

What did you think of the Season Premiere? What loose threads do you hope the show untangles before the finale? And what do you think will be Walt's fate when all is said and done? Sound off below in the comments.

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8 Comments

  • SC | August 12, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    Does anyone think Mike is still alive? They never showed his body and Walt seemed to lie so easily about it to Jesse. If he is alive, who was in the back of the car?

  • TT | August 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    They did show his body in the trunk of the car at the start of episode 8 "gliding over all"

  • SC | August 12, 2013 4:21 PMReply

    Does anyone think Mike is still alive? They never showed his body and Walt seemed to lie so easily about it to Jesse. If he is alive, who was in the back of the car?

  • RP | August 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    No, it's just you.

  • SC | August 12, 2013 4:21 PMReply

    Does anyone think Mike is still alive? They never showed his body and Walt seemed to lie so easily about it to Jesse. If he is alive, who was in the back of the car?

  • DG | August 12, 2013 2:27 PMReply

    A great episode. The 'tread lightly' line is without question already a classic. My prediction this whole time is that everyone in the show will die except Jesse, because someone needed to survive to pass on the legend of Heisenberg to the next generation, though that kind of got derailed last night by the public revealing revelation as you put it. I still think for sure Skyler is going to die and fairly early, within the first four... I love how confident everyone is about the finale too, I'm sure they're right and am pretty much going to be having trouble concentrating on much else for the next eight weeks

  • Curtis | August 11, 2013 11:34 PMReply

    Wild guess that Saul is going to come out ok, since they are already saying they want to spin him off into a show of his own, which sounds just f*@king terrible.

  • Jeremy | August 11, 2013 10:22 PMReply

    Well...that escalated quickly.

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