Breaking Bad Turns Up the Heat

August 30, 2012

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad. Photo credit: AMC

AMC’s riveting drama Breaking Bad airs it’s mid-season finale Sunday, September 2, at 10pm.  Now in its fifth and final season, fans of the show can look forward to watching the remaining eight episodes of Season 5 when the show returns in Summer 2013.

At the end of Season 4, we saw meth overlord Walter White destroy his powerful and longtime nemesis, drug kingpin Gustavo Fring.  This season, with Fring out of the way, it seems like the stars have aligned for White: he has no serious competition, the best product, and a well-oiled operation.

As in the past, nothing is tidy and uncomplicated in Walt’s world.  His drug empire-building has put a serious strain on his relationships, especially with his wife Skyler and son Walter Jr.  The D.E.A. continues to close in, forcing his operations to be ever more nimble and evasive. His supply of raw materials is threatened.  And most seriously, cracks are forming with his partners in crime, Jesse Pinkman and Mike Ehrmantraut.

AMC’s Breaking Bad stands nearly shoulder to shoulder with Mad Men, another AMC megahit, as one of the most critically acclaimed dramas of the past 10 years.  Over the course of five seasons, we’ve seen Walter White morph from a modest, mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a cancer diagnosis into a cancer survivor who helms the most powerful–and ruthless–meth manufacturer and distributor in the Southwest United States.

Breaking Bad continues to raise as many questions as it answers.  Have Walt’s motives changed from merely providing for his family financially after his once-looming death?  Will Walt’s power be able to overcome the obstacles that threaten him and his business?  Or will he become a victim of his own ego? Tune in Sunday to–maybe–find out.

Catch up on Breaking Bad, Season Five, on DIRECTV On Demand.