All of Breaking Bad's 'next on' synopses are maddeningly brief, but the description for this Sunday's episode 12, titled "Rabid Dog," is so vague I kind of suspect the network is just trolling us. Here it is: “An unusual strategy starts to bear fruit, while plans are set in motion that could change everything.” Jesus, AMC, why not just post a Magic Eight Ball result instead? REPLY HAZY, TRY AGAIN.
Speculating about what's going to happen in this episode isn't going to be easy, but *cracks knuckles* I'm up for the challenge. We've got a 30-second teaser video to analyze, too, so let's get to it. SPOILER WARNING: stop reading now if you're not caught up with the latest Breaking Bad.
Here's the promo video:
Okay, we've got exactly five lines of dialogue to ponder, so let's break them down one by one.
"You. Need. To deal with this." -- Skyler. This glimpse may be deliberately misleading, but we hear Skyler's voice as we see Walt walking through a corridor … in his house? His non-burned-to-the-ground house? What happened with Jesse and the gasoline? Maybe Walt, who appears to be moving with a great deal of caution, is arriving home to a gasoline reek while Jesse waits with a match?
"Do not float that idea again." -- Walt. Honestly, I have no idea who he's talking to here, particularly since the promos so frequently cut dialogue to seem like something they're not. Maybe it's him responding to someone's suggestion that he kill Jesse?
"Please, can you just tell the truth?" -- Walt Jr. Theory: Walt Jr's asking why his house/breakfast location is drenched with gasoline. It's about goddamned time Walt Jr. started figuring out that something's more than a little wrong at home, don't you think?
"There's nothing to be done, okay? He won." -- Marie. Marie's trying to convince Hank to drop his pursuit of Walt after watching that damning CD confession.
"Mr. White. He's the devil." -- Jesse. Where is Jesse walking to or from in that scene? Is it Hank's office? Is that who he was talking to, maybe?
As for what that "unusual strategy" is … truly, I have no idea at this point. Maybe that's referring to Walt's decision to give Hank the CD? Or maybe it has to do with Jesse talking to Hank?
One of the many things I love about Breaking Bad is how difficult it is to anticipate what's going to happen next. I mean, who could have possibly predicted Walt's video confession? That came out of nowhere, and was so incredibly brilliant. I can only guess we've got more holy-shit-no-WAY! curveballs coming, probably starting with tonight's show.
What do you think is going to happen in the next Breaking Bad episode?
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