Posted by: ckckred | August 22, 2013

The Breaking Bad Watch: Blood Money

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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.

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Responses

  1. The stand off between Walt and Hank was brilliantly done. If they don’t drop the ball this could become the top two or three greatest shows ever (The Wire and The Sopranos still have the top two spots for me).

    • Thanks for the comment. I agree, that meeting between Walt and Hank was so tense. I think it would be in my top 3 dramas of all time, with The Sopranos and The Wire taking the top two spots for me as well.

  2. I haven’t got time to get into any series regularly but I love Bryan Cranston! He just makes everything better 😀

    • Thanks for commenting. Breaking Bad’s in my top 5 TV shows of all time. I agree that Cranston makes everything better, he may be the best actor working today.

  3. The bookend scenes in this episode were awesome. The opening was pretty cool and triggered a lot of questions, but that confrontation between Walt and Hank was great stuff. Its one of those scenes you knew was coming through the whole series, and it did not disappoint.

    • Thanks for commenting. Yeah, that confrontation between Walt and Hank really was a great pay-off. I was expecting that to happen later this season so I was surprised Vince Gilligan showed it in the first episode.

  4. The “tread lightly” line in this episode was *perfect*. This season has been amazing.

    • Thanks for the comment. I agree, the season has been fantastic so far. The latest episode may be one of the best from the show.


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