Editor’s Note: Due to my busy workload, I’m a bit behind on watching Breaking Bad. I haven’t seen the most recent episode (as of this time of the post) so please don’t spoil anything for me.
Breaking Bad is a series that since its inception back in 2008 has only been getting better. When I thought it reached its peak with season 3, season 4 brings us a menacing confrontation with Gus Fring. The first half of season 5, shown last year, only further proved Breaking Bad‘s continued winning streak and the final string of episodes, judging by the premiere, secure the show as one of the greatest TV series of all time, next to the likes of The Sopranos.
“Blood Money,” the first of the last episodes of Breaking Bad, has already received rave reviews (it has a 99 on Metacritic), and shows how perfect Vince Gilligan’s creation is. The episode starts off where “Gliding Over All” ended, with Walt out of the meth business, Jesse with $5 million, and Hank knowing the truth of Walt’s other identity. We learned the truth around Walt’s decision: his cancer has returned and now threatens his life once more. Walt has attempted to return to a normal day life but as we discover, it’s easier said than done. Lydia tries to contact him, Saul keeps talking to him, and Hank even bugs him with a GPS. The episode all winds down to a conclusion between Walt and Hank, a scene which grows more tense and unpredictable each minute.
I loved every bit of the episode, from the Star Trek script idea to Jesse throwing out his money like a paper boy. I don’t really have much to add what hasn’t already been said, but I’m pumped to see how Gilligan concludes the series.