With the nature of social media constantly promoting and advertising TV shows and films nowadays, it's easy for things to get overhyped. So many of this summer's blockbusters let me down (I’m looking at you The Great Gatsby and Man of Steel) after my hopes had been raised so high by the promise of something special. Thankfully, Breaking Bad, a television show that has always been so cinematic in its scope and execution, was able to come back tonight with the first of its final eight episodes and not only match my expectations but surpass them.
Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, and the entire Breaking Bad team produced a truly amazing 55 minutes of television tonight, and then, in those last few minutes, when the garage door shut behind Hank and Walt, the episode went from being simply amazing to flawless. Breaking Bad fans have been waiting almost a year, since Hank found out about Walt, for that confrontation to happen, and it would have been so easy to try and drag out the tension and suspicion between Walt and Hank for a few more weeks. Fortunately, the Breaking Bad writers decided to go for it and let Walt’s ego, yet again, force Hank’s hand, as it literally went flying straight into Walt’s arrogant face. This scene was everything I had hoped for and more, and it ended the episode in tense, exciting fashion.