Walter White has broken bad — and if the glimpse of the future seen in the “Breaking Bad” season premiere is any indication, he’s going to get a whole lot worse.
The opening moments of the season five premiere, titled “Live Free or Die,” jumped forward in time to Walter’s 52nd birthday. That’s two years to the day since the series premiere, which saw Walt at 50, dead broke and dying from cancer. As if it were even possible, Walt’s troubles have seemingly grown exponentially when we catch up with him on his special day. You get the sense that his cancer has returned, for one. And while he is eerily zen-like for a man who looks to have lost everything, it’s a chaotic calm, made all the more troubling by the purchase of a firearm that would be comically large if it wasn’t so terrifying in its purpose. (Heck, he doesn’t even have the appetite for a free breakfast! That bacon looked delicious!)
Scary times for Walter White indeed — and on the opposite side of the coin, exhilarating times for actor Bryan Cranston .
“It’s so interesting. It’s the most revealing teaser we’ve ever had on the show,” Cranston gushed about the opening sequence when speaking with MTV News. “We find out he has a new name, he’s from a different state, he looks different, he looks thinner, he has a full head of hair, but he looks weaker. He looks more desperate. He’s buying a machine gun. He’s got a different car. I mean, what is going on?”
Excellent question, Mr. Cranston. What is going on? Sadly, the man behind Heisenberg has no answers.
“The truth is, I don’t know what’s going on. I really don’t,” he said. “I only know what I need to know to play a specific scene. I don’t go further than that. Vince Gilligan, the creator of the show, hasn’t told us anything, and we don’t ask him what’s actually going to happen.”
“But rest assured,” he continued, “all of those little details will be revealed in time. You need to be a little patient. ”
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