Meant addresses "Walt as Mr. White", obviously, not Jesse.
Didn't shock or present the viewer with anything new? Is that trolling intentional? Perhaps nothing shocking, but plenty that was new. To name just a few: We see both of Walt's partners planning to quit. We see foreshadowings of Todd's character ending up as Walt's new sidekick - i.e., Jesse's replacement - with his rationalization of shooting the kid in language nearly identical to what Walt has previously used, not to mention that Todd also addresses Jesse as "Mr. White". We're introduced to Declan, the Phoenix meth dealer who seems likely to be Walt's rival at some point (and possibly the person intended to be on the receiving end of the M-60 that we know Walt is going to buy on his 52nd birthday). Yes, nothing about Walt's behavior was shocking, because we know that the series is the story of his downfall. That said, it's still a stark contrast to his behavior dealing with Tomas's murder to see that he truly doesn't care about killing a 14-year old to continue his rise to power.
I'll second Dan's thought, though with less harsh language. From the review - "I am intrigued by whatever is literally bugging Hal, however. Is he remaining human, yet going dark? Is there an alien presence inside of him, as opposed to one harnessed on his back for all to see?" Ben is the brother who was at one point harnessed (and still has spikes), not Hal. That's such a basic plot point as to make me question if the reviewer has even seen most of the episodes.
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