Check out this great illustrated motion graphic title sequence for Breaking Bad created byMartin Woutisseth. I can’t wait to see how this series ends! I’ll be surprised if Walt makes it out alive, what do you think is going to happen?
Whether you call Sunday’s Breaking Bad a season finale or a mid-season finale, it’s the last we’ll get to see of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and co. until next summer. Forcing us to wait another year for the show’s final eight episodes seems like Heisenberg-level cruelty — but at least Vince Gilligan and his cohorts have left us with plenty to discuss in the meantime. After the jump, we’ve compiled a few of the biggest questions Breaking Bad will need to resolve in its last season (or half-season, whatever). Give us your predictions, and add your own queries, in the comments.
Why has Walter White suddenly become so introspective?
Amid all the action in Sunday’s episode, Breaking Bad gave us several long shots of Walter sitting silently, alone and apparently lost in thought. We watch him take shower after shower, an image that we can’t help but equate with feelings of guilt, from Lady Macbeth’s futile attempts to get her hands clean to Pontius Pilate cleansing himself of Jesus’ murder. Is it possible that some trace of his conscience remains, that all this killing and screwing over his partners and family is finally getting to him?
Why does Walter stop cooking?
The Heisenberg project may have begun as a terminally ill high-school chemistry teacher’s last-ditch attempt to raise money for his family, but in the past few seasons pride has subsumed cash as Walter’s primary motive. It’s about “empire,” stupid. It’s about “being the best at something.” So we don’t buy for a moment that his trip to the storage facility with Skyler is enough to make him retire. There has to be something else going on. Unless, as some have already suggested, he actually hasn’t stopped cooking — although there’s a good amount of support for this theory, we find it hard to believe he’d be able to evade Skyler’s suspicion for three whole months.
Is Walter’s cancer back?
Of course, Walt’s declining health could explain both his introspective mood and his sudden decision to give up the business. Maybe it’s only his own mortality that still has the power to give Walt pause. We see him climb into an MRI machine, but never find out the results. The fact that he seems so exhausted at various moments in the episode adds further support to our suspicions.
What does Todd want?
He may have the sweet, innocent face of Landry from Friday Night Lights, but we don’t trust trigger-happy Todd for a minute. Walter’s eager apprentice is only too happy to use his neo-Nazi uncle’s prison connections to help his boss bump off potential snitches — a pretty big favor. We can’t help wondering what happens to Todd when Walter retires, and whether he’s planning to ask something of Walter in return for his services.
What did Saul tell Jesse?
When Walter visits Jesse, toward the end of the episode, he wants to drop off a couple giant bags of money and revisit those good ol’ days of cooking small batches of meth in a battered camper. But his former partner isn’t anticipating a social call. Jesse tells Walter that Saul told him about what Walt did, and later we find out that Jesse put a gun in his pocket before answering the door. So, what exactly does he know? Did Saul simply tell him about the guys Walter had murdered in jail, or did he also confide in Jesse about Mike’s murder? It seems like Jesse would have been angrier if he knew about Mike, but at this point, maybe he’s so terrified of Walter that he’s afraid to show it (or exact revenge).
What’s going to happen now that Hank knows who “W.W.” is?
Leave it to Hank Schrader to solve the biggest case of his DEA career on the toilet, right? But if his discovery was enough to put Walter in jail forever, well, Breaking Bad wouldn’t have eight episodes of material left. We imagine there are plenty of complications ahead, and that the majority of next summer’s run will have to do with Hank spying on and chasing Walt. It wouldn’t entirely surprise us, either, if it took a while for Hank’s realization to sink in. After all, it’s not every day you find out that your brainy, mild-mannered brother-in-law is a meth kingpin.
How do we get to Walter’s 52nd birthday at Denny’s?
And finally, we’re no closer than we ever to answering the first and biggest question of Breaking Bad Season 5. Even on a show famous for its baffling, foreshadowing cold opens, this was a doozy: We see Walter with New Hampshire license plates, recognizable despite having a full head of hair and a beard. He eats breakfast in a Denny’s and arranges his bacon into the number “52.” Somehow, after celebrating his 51st birthday a couple episodes into Season 5, he’s made it another year. Hank may have found him out in the mid-season finale, but the implication is that Walter got away — apparently without his family, and healthy enough to have regrown his hair. Considering that last night’s episode spanned a good three months, he can’t have been on the run for terribly long.
Earlier this week, we featured some incredible artwork from one of the most popular shows on TV ‘Breaking Bad’, but as if that wasn’t enough, we’re now bringing you the entire meth lab from the show, recreated in LEGO form.
It was created by one serious super-fan, but we want to know, do you find it creepy, cool or ingenious?
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Whether you’re a pop culture fanatic or a casual TV watcher, you’re bound to have heard some buzz about a television drama called Breaking Bad. The AMC program, which is currently running its fifth season, has accumulated quite a following over the years, inspiring its followers to produce some remarkable fan art. We’ve featured an excellent array of the show’s fan art in thepast, but now there is an entire exhibit devoted to the creations by Breaking Bad enthusiasts.
Some of the best pop culture artists today, like Mike Mitchell, are participating in the exhibit presented by Breaking Gifs. The exhibition titled Breaking Bad Art Project is currently showing at Gallery 1988 in Melrose through August 26, 2012. Selected works are also available for purchase through Gallery 1988, though they’re selling out fast. Take a look, below, at some of the works that are on display. If you’re not up to date on the show, be forewarned that there are some major spoilers ahead and I also highly recommend you catch up on the program that is arguably the best show on television right now.
Top photo: “The Cooks” by Mike Mitchell
“I Am the Danger” by Aled Lewis
“Jesse Pinkman” by Rhys Cooper
“Mexican Shootout” by Rich Kelly
“Breaking Bad” by Lora Zombie
“Teddy Bear” by Lora Zombie
“Walt and the Bad Breakers – Blue Sky” by Joey Spiotto
“Breaking Bad: The Animated Series (Spoiler Variant)” by Ian Glaubinger
“Emilio’s Disposal” by Dave Perillo
“Tio Salamanca” by Tom Whalen
“Saul Goodman” by Chris Delorenzo
“Gus” by Anthony Petrie
“Superlab” by Kevin Tong
“Breaking Bad” by Ken Taylor
“Here Lies Heisenberg” by Glen Brogan
“The Last Bucket” by Mike Mitchell
“Yo” by Mike Mitchell
“Cheetos Not Fritos” by Mike Mitchell
“Laundry Day” by Mike Mitchell
“Better Call Saul” by Ken Garduno
What happens when you mash up breaking bad with a Mentos commercial? Pure brilliance, that’s what.
The Breaking Bad Art Project, a Breaking Gifs presented art show featuring a collection of artists and their Breaking Bad television show inspired artwork, opens on Monday August 20, 2012 at Gallery1988 Melrose in Los Angeles.
We previously wrote about Breaking Gifs in our post titled Breaking Bad Animated GIFs by Comedian Paul Scheer.
UPDATE: Some of the cast from Breaking Bad stopped by for a preview of the show.
A convicted meth cook who shares a name with Bryan Cranston’s iconic AMC character has shot to the top of an Alabama county’s most wanted list.
Authorities are on the hunt for a meth cook who goes by the name Walter White — and no, this isn’t the plot of Breaking Bad.
The man, who shares a name with Bryan Cranston’s meth cooking genius on the AMC show, was arrested in 2008 on charges related to methamphetamine manufacturing, and was put on parole in 2010.
White was busted this January on the same charges, and after he didn’t show up for his court date in July, catapulted to the top the sheriff’s most wanted list.
At 55, the real-life White is similar in age to Cranston’s character, who celebrated his 51st birthday this season. But the real-life White operates in Alabama, a state which the Drug Enforcement Agency reports has far more methamphetamine activity than in the TV show’s New Mexico.
Breaking Bad is currently in its fifth and final season, though there has been some talk that a movie could be in the works, as well.
Synopsis: Hank moves into his new office and Walt pays him a visit. Walt plants a bug and he, Jesse and Mike test whether Lydia is telling the truth about the tracked barrels. Mike still wants to kill her so she suggests another source of methylamine – a freight train. Jesse suggests the plan and Walt works out how they can stop a train and siphon off some methylamine, replacing it with water. The plan goes successfully until a kid riding his dirt bike shows up and catches them in the act.
The Good: I liked this a lot on the surface. Let’s get to the non-heist parts first. I enjoyed seeing Walt once again use some of the truth to his advantage by weeping to Hank that Skyler doesn’t love him anymore. Hank’s acting was terrific as he tried to avoid dealing with a sobbing man and sought comfort in coffee instead. I liked the touch that Walter Jr was styling himself as Flynn again as a small rebellion against his parents actions. Skyler’s argument about keeping the kids out of harm’s way made absolute sense and foreshadowed the episodes closing moment directly.
Breaking Bad verges on self parody with the obscure nature of its teaser scenes. This one, with a child riding his bike in the dirt, paid off very directly in a way which gave the episode a great and terrible climax. No matter how clever Walt and Jesse think they are there will always be unforeseen problems. And as Skyler warned, children will be sacrificed to keep the business secret. I assume this will be the pivot on which this mini-season turns.
Before the boy showed up the heist was typically clever and tense. Once more we see the hubris of Walt and Jesse as they grin at being told they had thought of everything. The drama was simple and clear as Saul’s man once more did the dirty work and played dumb for the train drivers.
The Bad: There’s a line of believability on every show and it’s different for every person. Although I am an arch nitpicker there are plenty of ridiculous stories on TV shows that I have bought hook, line and sinker. For me the train heist was a step too far and called into question the believability of the people I was watching. I have no problem buying that Walt would think he could rob a train. At this point I think Walt wants to prove to anyone who knows him that he is a genius who can overcome any obstacle.
But I don’t see that in Jesse and especially not in Mike. I am glad we have the excuse of the nine guys in prison needing to be paid off as it does explain Mike’s willingness to cooperate with Walt at all. But after Mike explains how they can keep production rolling I just don’t see why he would agree to a plan that was so insanely risky. To both take something from the train while also pumping water into it involves so many moving parts that it feels like Mike should have refused to go along with the scheme.
I also became uncomfortable when Jesse and Todd had to undo bolts and turn wheels on a train that they had never seen before. I don’t believe they would have had that level of knowledge nor the competence under pressure needed to pull it all off. I haven’t even mentioned the fact that the methylamine was neatly far back along the train where it could be stolen from under the bridge.
As the whole package came together I couldn’t escape the feeling that this plot was less about the characters and more about the producers living out a fantasy of directing a Western in addition to a gangster story.
The Unknown: I was uneasy about Walt bugging Hank too. I think there has been a steady trend away from the fear of being caught and toward plot expediency. It was certainly very convenient that the Houston police department could be heard on the bug admitting to planting the trackers just before Lydia was scheduled to be killed.
Similarly why was Jesse the one to suggest the siphoning plan? As with his suggestion of magnets (501) it felt like the writers didn’t want to leave him out rather than logically flowing from his body of knowledge.
I think it’s also worth saying that the death of a child was the major plotline at the end of season three (when Andrea’s son was killed). The circumstances were different of course but the emotions evoked were diluted slightly as a result. I hope the writers address why Todd was so willing to commit murder in that moment. He seems like an ambitious guy (from his willingness to help out) but we only know him as a burglar not a hardened criminal. Yes his orders were clear but crossing that line is a different thing altogether.
I found it interesting that Jesse celebrated at the success of the heist instead of being mad at Walt for not pulling the plug sooner. I suppose Walt would justify it by saying that unless they rebalanced the weight they would get caught but once more he was exposing them to unnecessary risk. Mike though will look very weak if he doesn’t at least yell at Walt for ignoring his warnings.
Best Moment: I’m someone who gets wrapped up in a plot to the point where I had forgotten about the kid with the spider. His return made perfect sense and I had heard the train horn in the tease sequence. However I thought it came together really nicely to give you that “Uh oh!” moment that the show was going for.
The Bottom Line: This is not the first time I’ve been disappointed with Breaking Bad’s logic. Once again it was a specific incident rather than actions which undermine the whole show. If next week we are back to character interactions and recriminations over what occurred I’m sure I will get wrapped back up in the story.