Wednesday, October 12, 2011
1634 - Breaking Bad: season four
The rest of this is going to be pretty SPOILER HEAVY, I can't imagine anyone would be reading this that hasn't seen the season - but there's your warning. Take it or leave it.
First, for anyone interesting click here to get a link to an interview that the A.V. Club did with the showrunner Vince Gilligan - it breaks down every episode this season and it's a pretty awesome window into how they work on the show.
Gus has been an amazing villain, and a real opponent for Walt and Jesse. The game of chess that they played this season was extraordinary. And just as you were starting to really dislike Walt they had Gus come in and knock him down a few notches so that you could feel sorry for him. Brilliantly played. This show is easily one of the more visually styled show on television, and it almost always work in their favor. With the exception of those early episodes this season, this has been a series that is always top notch. The stakes are high, which helps, but the brilliance is that the show never takes itself uber seriously. There is always a bit of a wink there. Take Gus' death in the season finale - no way that man walks out of that room, but it's fine because if anyone, he deserved a kick-ass death.
The dynamic between Walt and Jesse was superb this year and it really tested their relationship - and will continue to do so based on the path that Walt is now on. I'm going to make a bit of a prediction. Given that next season is their last, I really believe that the focus is going to shift ever so slightly. Walt is finally going to fully transform into the shows villain (all hail Heisenberg) and it'll be about Hank and/or Jesse taking him down in the end (unless the cancer gets to him first, which would be the ultimate irony).
This is a great show and it's been a (mostly) great season. Can't wait to see where they go next. Just hope that they don't take as big a break as they did between the last season and this one.