Breaking Bad 5.1 FAQ
What’s it called?
“Live Free Or Die.”
Teleplay is credited to series mastermind Vince Gilligan.
What says AMC?
“As Walt deals with the aftermath of the Casa Tranquila explosion, Hank works to wrap up his investigation of Gus' empire.”
Does Giancarlo Esposito’s character appear in flashback this week?
He does not.
What about “Better Call” Saul Goodman and ex-cop/Fring henchman Mike Ehrmantraut? Are they gone for good?
Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks are listed in the opening credits and seen in new promo footage for season five. So they're definitely back.
How does it start?
Not where season four ended. Need more? There’s a shot from this season’s first scene embedded in that Comic Con trailer above.
The big news?
An “act of God” provides one of the episode’s bigger surprises.
What else is AMC not telling us?
An actor we’ve seen on “Breaking Bad” before (and who got a lot of work on “Justified” last season) returns for this season’s first scene. Betsy Brandt is listed in the opening credits but doesn’t return as Marie Schrader until this season’s third episode.
The momentum that resumes early on with the words “Oh shit.” The surprises. Mike Ehrmantraut. Jesse Pinkman’s big idea. Walter White, who’s now essentially a Lex Luthor-y criminal superscientist, demonstrating he knows physics as well as chemistry. Walt’s scene with Saul.
What’s not so great?
Dean Norris cracked me up with his Hank Schrader performance in the second episode, but you don’t get to see that until next week.
How does the season premiere end, spoiler boy?
One character forgives another.
10 p.m. Sunday. AMC.