‘Breaking Bad’: Burning Questions Answered

Sunday night's season five premiere resolved some of our lingering questions from last season.

The “Breaking Bad” season-five premiere delivered another classic scheme from Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, but it also answered a number of our lingering questions that had stuck around since last summer.

Here’s a look at the questions that we got answered in the fifth season premiere of “Breaking Bad.”

How is Skyler handling all of this? Season four ended with Walt’s decidedly badass “I won” comment with Skyler on the phone, but “Breaking Bad” took the genius step of showing us their next conversation. After the Whites return home from Hank and Marie’s, Walter Jr. attempts to tell his dad what happened to Gus Fring. Skyler very accurately points out that Walt already knows. The most telling reveal about their new dynamic comes immediately after, in the bedroom, when Skyler tells Walt that she’s afraid, not of drug cartels or associates of Gus, but of her own husband.

What about Jesse?
You may remember that toward the end of last season, Jesse very nearly blew Walter’s brains out after accusing him of poisoning Brock, something he actually did do. For the time being, however, Jesse appears to be firmly back on the side of Mr. White. He even got in between Walter and Mike when Gus’ forever head of security found out of the explosion. Now obviously, this being a television show and all, this will not stay the same forever. Jesse almost certainly has to find out about the Lily of the Valley, but when and where remain to be seen.

How’s Mike?
Mike Ehrmantraut was fortunately spared the same fate as Gus because he was stuck in Mexico recuperating from that eventful trip south of the border. He didn’t exactly take the news of the assassination well, immediately leaving Mexico to find Walter, who had a business proposition for him. Mike turned him down cold, but next week’s episode will have him changing his attitude slightly.

Will Ted wake up?
In a shocking turn of events, Ted Beneke, one of Albuquerque’s least competent investors, did not die when he tripped and smacked his head, and when he wakes up from his coma, he is not pleased to see Skyler.

He’s terrified, in fact. The scene was the episode’s most emotionally brutal by far and allowed Skyler to see that if she becomes complicit with Walt and his goings-on, this is the cost.

Is Walt evil now?
Yes. Yes, he is.

How do you know?
Because I say so.


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