Until now, about all anyone knew about the final episodes of “Breaking Bad” was that they would start airing on AMC on Aug. 11. That has changed, at least a little, with the arrival of the press kit for Season 5b.
AMC has placed an embargo on reviews of the first episode, titled “Blood Money,” until July 29, so we’ll wait until then to offer up any thoughts. But the network has released a batch of new photos from the episode, along with the titles and loglines for each of the last eight episodes.
The description of “Blood Money” is as follows: “As Walt and Jesse adjust to life outside of the business, Hank grapples with a troubling lead.”
The second half of the sentence has to be referring to Hank’s (Dean Norris) discovery that Walt (Bryan Cranston, who also directed the episode) is Heisenberg. As for the first part, the pictures would seem to indicate that Jesse (Aaron Paul) is not dealing with the adjustment all that well. Take a look:
Also of note: The new gallery photos AMC released of the cast show Paul sporting somewhat longer hair and a fuller beard than Jesse has ever worn.
Here are the (vague) descriptions for the remaining episodes:
Episode 510 — “Buried”: While Skyler’s (Anna Gunn) past catches up with her, Walt covers his tracks. Jesse continues to struggle with his guilt.
Episode 511 — “Confessions”: Jesse decides to make a change, while Walt and Skyler try to deal with an unexpected demand.
Episode 512 — “Rabid Dog”: An unusual strategy starts to bear fruit, while plans are set in motion that could change everything. (Note: Every season of “Breaking Bad” has featured an episode whose title contains an animal name.)
Episode 513 — “To’hajiilee”: Things heat up for Walt in unexpected ways. (The title is the name of a Navajo reservation in New Mexico.)
Episode 514 — “Ozymandias”: Everyone copes with radically changed circumstances. (Named after the Shelley poem about the inevitable fall of kings and empires.)
Episode 515 — “Granite State”: Events set in motion long ago move toward a conclusion. (The Granite State is New Hampshire. Is this when we catch up to the events seen in “Live Free or Die”?)
Episode 516 — “Felina”: The series finale. (“Felina” is an anagram for “finale” and also is related to the word feline.)