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'Breaking Bad' Premiere Review and Roundup: 'Blood Money' Kicks Off Fast-Paced Countdown to the End, Breaks Show Ratings Record

Television
by Ryan Lattanzio
August 12, 2013 4:08 PM
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Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan of 'Breaking Bad' at the 2013 TCA Awards.
Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan of 'Breaking Bad' at the 2013 TCA Awards.

Here's a roundup of what some critics are saying about "Blood Money."

Vulture:

That ending was powerful... Walter’s Achilles heel, we’re reminded again, is his pride. His masculine inferiority complex in relation to the fireplug-macho Hank is part of the reason he ended up in this horrendous psychic place, the good man subservient to his dark alter ego.  Dean Norris and Bryan Cranston have been waiting over five years to play this moment. They finally got their chance, and the result was as powerful as anyone could have expected.

AV Club:

Just when you think there’s a lot that needs to happen before the next huge development, the show bypasses all the details and cuts right to the chase, leaving you goggle-eyed and scrambling to retrieve the pieces of your brain in its wake.

Time:

Granted, the jaw-dropping throwdown between Hank and Walt was precipitated by Walt’s figuring out that Hank was on to him. But you can see–after his literally sickened response to first learning–that the discovery has awakened a fury in him. There’s no regret in his turning on his brother-in-law, no apparent fear or hesitation, but rather, great relief... It's an astonishing scene.

San Francisco Chronicle:

Cranston directed Sunday's episode, and while none of its content will be revealed here, you'll find his work behind the camera as great as his Emmy-winning performance as Walter White. The pace of the episode is measured, controlled, constantly building suspense. It is magnificently and appropriately excruciating.

1 Comment

  • tyler4all | August 12, 2013 7:47 PMReply

    Breaking Bad is good but it's no "The Wire". BB had a good couple of seasons in the beginning but its gotten really ridiculous and pretentious. Walt intimidating Tuco in his own turf? yeah, he woulda been gunned down real quick. not believable anymore. he still needs to be gunned down anyway. and the whole blowing up Gus thing? yeah, some shit straight outta a comic book.

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