When we left off the AMC dark dramedy Breaking Bad, Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) were having difficulties trying to come up with the large amount of meth they promised to Tuco (Raymond Cruz), a sociopath drug kingpin who eventually became the two's distributor. Walter, of course, is the high school chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, turned to making meth to support his family.
After a year-long hiatus, Breaking Bad returns today for its sophomore season with an episode called Seven Thirty-Seven. On it, Walter and Jesse try to figure a way out of their business partnership with Tuco when they are reminded of his not-so-stable nature. Elsewhere, Hank (Dean Norris) tries to mend fences with estranged wife and Walter's sister-in-law Marie (Betsy Brandt) and Skyler (Anna Gunn), Walter's wife.
According to AMC, the follow-up to Breaking Bad's critically acclaimed first season will go deeper inside Walter's life, as well as Skyler's baby girl. Announcing the show's 13-episode renewal, AMC General Manager Charlie Collier credited the show's critical praise, strong ratings and devoted audience, while calling it powerful, intelligent, [and] thought-provoking.
Since it premiered on January 20, 2008, Breaking Bad has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for lead Cranston and two more nominations. It has received raves from critics, and reeled in an average of 1.1 to 1.3 million people per episode.
Previously, creator Vince Gilligan teased in the January TCA tour that in our first image of our first teaser of our first episode this season, we start off with a clue as to how the whole season's going to end. He also promised that we are up for a big slam-bang ending this season.
Catch Breaking Bad and Cranston return today at 10/9pm on AMC.