Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan recently warned fans that these last episodes would be rolling along like a freight train: "You need to really settle down on the couch and pay close attention because it's going to come at you fast and furious in the final eight episodes." It's hard to believe we've only got six more episodes in the SERIES, and he definitely wasn't kidding around -- the two shows that have aired so far in the final half of season five have moved at breakneck speed.
After last week's episode, it seemed like all the main pieces -- Walt, Hank, Marie, Skyler, Lydia -- had officially been set into motion. This Sunday's episode is titled "Confessions," and if you haven't seen the promo yet, let's take a look at AMC's preview video and make some guesses about what's going down next in Breaking Bad-ville.
(Stop now if you're not caught up!)
I don't know about you, but I keep missing the "Next on Breaking Bad" teasers because they've been airing during Low Winter Sun. Way to make me INSTANTLY dislike a show I know virtually nothing about by trying to force me to watch it, AMC. The good news is they eventually surface on the web, so here's the teaser clip for "Confessions":
As usual, they give us exactly enough to get the speculation going, without actually revealing a damn thing. The brutally short synopsis for this week's episode:
Jesse decides to make a big change in his life, while Walt and Skyler (Anna Gunn) try to deal with an unexpected demand.
So Walt and Skyler are united in dealing with this demand, then? That's interesting. Check out this photo released during last Sunday's Talking Bad:
Who could Walt and Skyler be sitting in a restaurant waiting for, I wonder? Is it Hank and Marie, maybe? What would they be demanding? (The kids?)
What's Jesse's "life change" referring to? The episode title makes me think he's considering turning himself in to Hank. Maybe that's the unexpected demand? Maybe Jesse wants to strong-arm the Whites into something, and he had Saul set up the restaurant meeting (hence Saul yelling about how he never would have agreed to it if he'd known what he was going to do)? Or maybe Walt's confessing something to Jesse (how he let Jane die, or how he poisoned Brock, or how he killed Mike, or …), as hinted at with Jesse's line, "You telling me the truth, I mean isn’t that what this is all about?"
Of course, everything they tease is incredibly strategic and more than a little misleading. Remember this line from the synopsis of last week's episode?
Skyler’s past catches up with her.
As it turned out, it was her history with Walt that caught up with her with Hank, not her previous trouble with the IRS or Ted like plenty of folks thought.
Well, we'll find out soon enough, right? As we gear up to watch the next episode, here's a final intriguing word from Vince Gilligan about the way the Breaking Bad story ends:
I feel like this ending represents on some level, however small, something of a victory for Walter White. Read into that what you will.
Oooh, this gives me THEORIES. I think Walt's going to end up dead or jailed, but known throughout the land as the infamous Heisenberg and not just a nobody chemistry teacher, which will have fulfilled his increasing need for power and notoriety. Remember the final lines of Ozymandias?
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
What do you think is going to happen in tonight's Breaking Bad?
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