On the season premiere of Breaking Bad, one of television's finest dramas returns to clean up the wreckage of last season's explosive finale. Also there are magnets. The Clean Up
The season premiere of Breaking Bad really was all about dealing with the fallout from last season, while hinting at a dark future ahead for Walt. Last year's explosive finale saw the demise of meticulous villain Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) at the hands of Walt (Bryan Cranston). It also saw Walt go darker than ever before when he poisoned a child in order to lure Jesse (Aaron Paul) back to his side. We find out more about that heinous action and see Walt deal with the unexpected fallout from Gus' destruction.
What About Magnets?
The first mess to clean up is handily noticed by Hank (Dean Norris), who quickly sees the cameras set up in the ruined meth lab. Walt realizes the same thing once his high over beating Gus subsides. Those cameras have footage of everything that has happened and can implicate he, Jesse, and even Mike (Jonathan Banks). So the three team up to get rid of the evidence using a giant magnet, Jesse's brilliant contribution. They manage to destroy Gus' laptop in police storage but the police soon uncover an address in the Cayman Islands hidden in one of Gus' old photos. Where will this lead?
Meanwhile, Skyler (Anna Gunn) gets some mixed news from Saul (Bob Odenkirk): Ted (Christopher Cousins) is alive and awake. Skyler visits him in the hospital and he promises not to say anything because he's terrified of what might happen to him if he talks. Skyler is also terrified of the increasingly dark Walt. We find out it was Saul who switched Jesse's cigarette and when he wants out, Walt doesn't allow it. At home, Walt chillingly tells Skyler that he "forgives" her. Unsurprisingly, she doesn't look comforted.
A Darker Future?
We've seen Walt go to a lot of dark places on the show, but this premiere might have been the consistently darkest we've ever seen him. With the victory over Gus assured, Walt has the self-confident toughness he's always lacked. When Mike wonders how they know the magnet works, without missing a beat Walt snaps, "because I said so." The episode starts with a taste of what's to come for Walt. It includes a solitary birthday breakfast and a lot of weapons, which doesn't seem to bode well for our favorite meth dealer.
Why is he coming from New Hampshire? Why does he need so many weapons? What's in Walt's future? Share your theories in the comments!
"You know how they say it's been a pleasure? It hasn't."
-- Mike to Walt and Jesse about the laptop.
"What are you going to do? Are you going to put on your black leotard and dangling on a clothesline?"
-- Mike to Walt when he asks about the police building the laptop is being held in.
"Nursing home full of old folks just whet your appetite? Now you want to kill a bunch of cops?"
-- Mike to Walt about getting rid of the tape.
"Because I say so."
-- Walt to Mike when he asks how they're supposed to know whether the magnet trick worked.
"We're done when I say we're done."
-- Walt to Saul after he threatens to quit.