Review It!: The much anticipated, Breaking Bad, Season 5

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Breaking Bad Season 5

“Breaking Bad” will begin its final season this Sunday, and with fans still reeling over the explosive Season 4 finale, there will be a lot to prepare for.

If you are not familiar with the show, Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) – with the aim of securing his family’s financial future before he dies. If you have never watched Breaking Bad, do yourself a favour and download a few episodes – I promise, just like their blue meth you will be hooked.

Now, let’s talk Season 5. You may have heard that the new season picks up right where Season 4 left off, and that’s true – mostly, but the pre-credits scene in Sunday’s season premiere is from another point in time, and will no doubt have people talking. Now that Gus Fring- fried-chicken entrepreneur/meth baron is out of the way, White is ready to fully make the transformation from mild-mannered science teacher to the new boss in town. As anticipated, we have been assured that Walt White will be going full badass for the series’ final run.

While previous seasons have set expectations ridiculously high, they are about to get surpassed with the upcoming season. Just when you think it can’t get any bigger, badder, darker, it all does. That showdown between White and his DEA agent brother-in-law Hank Schrader that you’ve always expected is coming. Hank knows it’s not over, and he’s not going to give up until he catches Heisenberg- but will this be how the final Season ends, with Walter White behind bars? Serving my time as a television hack writer I’ve come to understand how my colleagues think. Here are some other possibilities they might throw at us;

    1. Walter gets murdered by his long time associate and friend- Jessie Pinkman. As you may remember, Walt killed Pinkman’s girlfriend (Jane Margolis) in Season 2. Walt never told Jesse about what he did that night. In Season 4 Jesse hesitates to shoot Walt over potentially poisoning Andrea Cantillo’s little brother (Walt did, but Jesse doesn’t know) – If Jesse is ready to pull the trigger over Brock Cantillo being poisoned, it’s highly possible Jesse would kill over the murder of his one true love- Jane.
    2. Mike is still alive. At the end of Season 4 you see Walter looking into a parked car before exiting the roof top parkade. Is the car empty? Or is it Mike watching over Walt. Mike never died in Mexico. He is very much alive, and still allies with Pinkman. Teaming up with Jesse to take down Walt is very much a possibility.
    3. The obvious choice, Hank (Walts DEA brother-in-law) takes down the great Heisenberg in an all out “war on drugs”.
    4. The dark horse- Walter White gets taken down by the one he loves, his wife – Skyler White. Now that Walt is the big man on campus, Skyler will play the victim this upcoming Season. Afraid of what Walter White is capable of doing, and fearing for her life. She feels obligated to take actions into her own hands and protect her family by taking down the new king pin.

Bryan Cranston has hinted that the series may continue after the season 5 finale, stating “Vince (Gilligan) feels that now we have too much story. We could actually go beyond those 16 episodes. It’s not far-fetched. I wouldn’t mind visiting that possibility. And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t know anything of how the show’s going to end. If it doesn’t end up in a total apocalypse, who knows? Maybe we could revisit Walter White a year down the road and see where his life has gone. If he’s still alive, that is.”

Rumours for a movie have been around since Season 2. As a fan of the show I think it’s a bad idea- but if they plan on making a movie, Walter turning himself in at the end of Season 5 might be the best option. With Hank’s confidence is in the toilet Walter might feel obligated to give Hank the arrest he needs so he can finally be promoted.

The inevitable is up to the writers. Do they jail Walter White? Kill him? Or do they pull a Soprano’s and leave us staring at a blacked out screen? What do you think will happen?

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Season 5 of Breaking Bad premiers on July 15, at 10pm ET on AMC.  It will consist of 16 episodes.  Note: The season will be split into two parts, each containing eight episodes, with the second half debuting in summer 2013.

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