With the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad coming up August 11th, we here at the CockleBur have been spending our days drifting through clouds of the crystal meth cooking in the basement, pondering the fate of our beloved master chefs, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. When Breaking Bad first aired back in 2008, Walter White (played by three time Emmy winner, Bryan Cranston) was just a sad sack that worked as High School Chemistry teacher and a part-time cashier at a carwash. After being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and deciding the best way to provide for his family would be to manufacture crystal meth, Walter has transformed from lovable bad guy to one of the most despised and hated characters in television history. He has lied, cheated, stolen, and killed, but like any gangster story, eventually the bad guy must fall, and in these eight remaining episodes we shall finally learn what fate Walter White has bestowed upon himself.
The last episode left off with a trademark cliff hanger from show creator Vince Gilligan, one in which anti-villain Hank Schrader (Walter’s brother-in-law and head of the local branch of the DEA) experiences a literal oh, shit moment, as the audience is lead to believe that Hank has just put together that his former-high-school-science-teaching/current-car-wash-owning, cancer-stricken, brother-in-law is actually the meth dealing kingpin he’s been after for over a year now, the infamous Heisenberg. However, during the past year Hank has greatly benefitted from Walt’s illegal activities (his entire physical rehabilitation treatment was covered by The White Family after he was shot by two assassins sent to kill him), bringing down Heisenberg could also mean committing career suicide. What is likely to happen is for Hank to trail Walt on his own, like he did when following his hunch about Gus Fring (the former kingpin that Walter killed at the end of season 4). The on-screen tension between Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris (who plays Hank) has already made for some of the most intense scenes in the past, so we’re amped up to see how they continue to deceive each other for the final checkmate. […]