Breaking Bad Review: Because He Said So
Because I said so. We're done when I say we're done. I forgive you.
Yes, Breaking Bad viewers, Walter White really can become more egotistical and maniacal.
Following events on the Breaking Bad Season 4 finale - Walt finally killing Gus Fring, by pulling a major one over Jesse and placing a child's life very much in danger - fans have been wondering just where the best series on television would pick up.
Where could Walt go from here, having defeated his adversary and blown up his lab in the process? The Season 5 premiere, "Live Free or Die," didn't provide much of an answer, instead taking us deep inside the frightening mind of Walter White and making it clear he's crossed fully over into drug lord mode.
Focusing less on plot than on main character development - with the exception of the fascinating cold open, which teased some sort of machine gun-based scheme to come - the episode introduced us to Walter White... 4.0? 5.0?
Who knows what version we're on now, but this one has left all sense of apprehension and fear behind.
Remember, storyline-wise, it's only been a few days since Walt was left crying in that crawl space, convinced he and his family would die at the hands of Gus and his men. But there's no worry with Walt any longer. He's come out on top in his previous season-long battle and he's truly in control now. He's the one who knocks - and then knocks down the door if you don't answer.
A laptop is in evidence? No problem. There's a solution for that. Saul wants to end their partnership? Yeah, right. Only on Walt's terms. Skyler gave away a chunk of his fortune to Ted? What a caring guy. He forgives his wife for her deed.
With Jesse tightly tied around his finger, and even Mike now in subtle admiration of the man who offed his boss, we don't have a clear idea of what Walt will do next, but it has been made evident that this is a man fully aware and in control of his newfound power.
Yes, Skyler, you should be scared.
All the factors that lead to Breaking Bad's greatness were on display in the premiere. The terrific acting from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. The incredible visual of the magnetized evidence being sucked against the wall. The dark humor (it's the universal symbol for keys). The small detail of Walt's maneuver opening up another angle to the Heisenberg investigation, via that broken picture frame.
The true genius in this show lies in how every action can be traced back to a prior action, how every season and storyline feels perfectly paced and planned ahead of time. It's television writing at its absolute zenith.
Walt doesn't care that he may have ruined many other cases with his magnet trick. He doesn't think that some murderer may go free as a result. He just knows something had to be done and he's the man who plotted the demise of Gus Fring. He's the man who now gets things done, no matter what the cost.
In reality, Hank is no longer searching for Heisenberg. That guy is long gone. All better hail the king who has taken his place. Or suffer the consequences.