“Breaking Bad” Begins Its Final Run
By LaDale Anderson
Aug 13, 2013 - 5:38:33 AM

Walter (Bryan Cranston) is not in the right place of mind.
—It’s the series that’s as addictive to watch as it is to speculate about what will happen next.  It’s AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”  Sunday the series returned for the second half of its final season, where anything can happen. For nearly five seasons audiences have reveled at the transformation of Walter White (Bryan Cranston).  A high school chemistry teacher, whose life is transformed after being diagnosed with lung cancer, becomes a menace to society when he begins to make crystal meth.  He’s not doing it alone though, he has the help of his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).


These are two characters audiences would never suspect, which makes guessing what will happen to them so fascinating. Both Walter and Jesse have decided to get out of the meth game, but getting out is not as easy as it is getting in.  The episode “Blood Money” saw Hank (Dean Norris), Walter’s DEA agent brother-in-law finally piece the puzzle involving Walter and the meth game together. The episode opened with a group of kids skateboarding in the backyard pool of the now abandoned White house.  A scruffy Walt pays a visit to his old premise to retrieve some meth that he had hidden. 


It appears the writers are playing with a time element here.  Could this be a foreshadowing of how the series concludes? We’ll have to wait and see. Hank was a bit awkward with the new information that he just discovered, which caused him to make an erratic mistake and crash his vehicle into someone’s yard as he suffered what appeared to be a heart attack. He examined Walter’s penmanship with the writing he spotted in the book and they are indeed a direct match. So what is Hank going to do with this newfound information? 


Lydia paid Walter a visit frustrated about the amount of income that she is receiving; she was almost egging Walter to get back into the game, but he’s out of it.  Did she just threaten the guy who has taken out so many big time providers? Lydia should be very careful with her actions.  Jesse didn’t seem to be in the happiest place, even though he was surrounded by two of his best buddies. Guilt is obviously forcing Jesse to face some difficult times.


It seems like the meth business kept Jesse busy, more importantly it gave him a sense of purpose. He paid a visit to Mike’s lawyer to deliver a surmountable amount of cash for Mike’s granddaughter and to the teenage boy that was killed thanks to the group’s shenanigans. Walter was alerted of the situation and promised to take care of things as he continued chemotherapy for his cancer.


Jesse is indeed in a deep depression and Walter suspects he is the only person who can shake his friend out of that bad, bad place. He confronted Walter about the possibility that Mike is dead, of course Walter denied it, but the audience is well aware that Walter pulled the trigger. His sins are indeed coming back to haunt him and I fear something horrible will transpire to Walter or the ones that he loves.


Hank began to implement his master plan to take down his brother-in-law, as he hides evidence when an unsuspecting Walt showed up to his residence.  To see these guys face-to-face knowing that the other party is looking to bring down the other is quite tense.  It’s a given that one of them will bite the dust before the season concludes. 


In the final moments of the episode, Walter confronted Hank about the tracking device on his vehicle. I was on the verge of screaming at the TV screen. It was obvious he knew what Hank was up to, it was just a matter of Hank admitting to it.  Hank decided to deliver a fist to the face before acknowledging that he knows all about Walter. 


Walter denied the accusations, before admitting that his cancer is back and that in six months he’d be dead.  He made an indirect threat to Hank that unnerved him just a bit.  I’m so curious to see how the final seven episodes will play out. “Breaking Bad” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.  How do you think it’ll all end?

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