Monday August 12, 2013

Welcome back Heisenberg.  I cannot remember the lat time I felt this much anticipation for the return of a TV show and Breaking Bad  did not disappoint last night.  The season premiere picked up right where the last episode left off (AMC broke this final season into two mini 8-episode runs) and kept on rolling.  

Read this theory about how the series will end, it's pretty convincing.   The idea goes that:

"In Breaking Bad, Walt has a habit of taking on some little traits of the people he has killed.

When Walt killed Crazy 8, he started cutting off the crusts of his sandwiches - just as Crazy 8 had done.

Gus drives a Volvo. After Walt kills Gus, at the beginning of Season 5 (at the Denny's), Walt is driving a Volvo (w/ NH plates). 

When Mike and Walt meet at a bar in an earlier season, Walt orders his drink neat while Mike has his on the rocks. After Mike is killed, and Hank offers Walt a drink in his office - he asks for it on the rocks.

At that same scene at Denny's, Walt arranges his bacon into his new age. Someone else used to do that. On top of that, he's using Skyler's maiden name on his fake ID.

Based on his history of picking up traits from his victims - I believe Walt is going to murder Skyler before the series is over, and it probably had already happened before he showed up at the Denny's in the Season 5 cold open."

Here are a myriad of other stories if you didn't get enough last night:

-Flavorwire  calls Walter White the antidote to antiheroes.

-USA Today  went inside the show's writing room.

-Aaron Paul talks to EW about these final 8 episodes and calls them so "raw" that they "don't allow the audience to breathe."  Amen. 

-The Hollywood Reporter  predicts who might get killed off first over the last 7 episodes.  thinks Jesse Pinkman must go.

-See an animated version of Badger's Star Trek  pie-eating story. 

-What will happen to all of the props when the show is finally behind us? 

-TV Guide  predicts Hank's next move.

Is anyone else still watching Ray Donovan?  I'm still all in and although the story still moves a little too slowly for my taste, I think the writing is solid and I plan to ride this one out until the end.

I checked out a game show on ABC Family called Spell-Mageddon , hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro.  Essentially it's a combination of Double Dare , Wipeout  and a 2nd-grade level spelling bee.  I lasted about 45 seconds before I turned it off, never to return to again.  Don't waste a nanosecond on it.

The fans got it right, for a change.  SPOILER: Damaris Phillips was crowned the winner of this latest installment of Food Network Star .  They didn't disclose any sort of voting breakdown, but I have to believe she won pretty convincingly.  I'm not suggesting that I'll watch her show but I'm more likely to do so over a pie man or some guy who keeps talking about culinary sin.  Here's TVLine's recap in case you need more detail.