Last night, something amazing happened: the premiere of the final season of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad. Viewers were so psyched about this premier that Breaking Bad related searches were consistently among the most popular on Yahoo all this month. Likewise, the critically-acclaimed series has received 35 Emmy nominations, with multiple wins for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, respectively.
The end of Season 5 part 1 left viewers on the edge of their seats. Walter (Bryan Cranston) had just retired from the meth-making business, shortly after killing Mike one of his business partners. Jesse (Aaron Paul), haunted by memories of him and Walt’s trail of misdeeds and murders, had also decided to get out of the industry.
However, the most shocking cliff hanger was the discovery of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass by Walter’s brother-in-law and head DEA agent Hank Schrader. In it is an inscription from the late meth King Gus Fring to Walter White. In that moment, Hank becomes aware of Walter’s double life.
Episode 2 begins with a bearded and weather worn Walter White trespassing onto what is now the abandoned Albuquerque home that once belonged to him and his family. It quickly becomes apparent that he has returned for the ever elusive, but always threatening, vial of ricin. What he intends to do with it only time will tell.
Agent Schrader manages to feign illness long enough to start reviewing old case files in search of the smoking gun that connects Walter to the Fring meth ring. Meanwhile, Jesse has fallen into an incurable shame spiral and tries to figure out how to get rid of the $5 million in blood money in his possession. In contrast, Walter’s life appears to be going swimmingly until we learn that his cancer has returned.
The moment fans have been waiting for finally comes when Walter starts to connect the dots between Hanks absence from work and the tracking device he finds on his Chrysler. Walter immediately proceeds to Hanks to subtly find out what how much he knows. However, after Hank sends Walter flying with a well-deserve knockout, all pretense ends and the two finally confront each other. In traditional Heisenberg fashion, Walter issues an ominous threat against Hank.
With only seven episodes remaining, the series promises to deliver a spectacular end to one of the most popular shows of all time.