Tuesday, September 6, 2011

AMC's Breaking Bad - 'Hermanos'

I've been impressed with the way this series has let the supporting characters expand and grow. While Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) has been a menacing yet level-headed drug lord, we've never been able to learn about what makes this man tick. 'Hermanos' gave us a lengthy flashback to a less confident Gus, a budding drug dealer looking to bring in the Mexican cartel so he and his partner could expand their business.

So while Walt keeps wondering when Gus is going to kill him, Gus has similar wonders about when the cartel is going to come after him. Oh, Gus enjoys visiting and rubbing it in the face of the now-incapacitated Hector, but Hector still has some powerful connections.

I like that Hank is becoming a real cop again. He's looked foolish swallowing everythign that Walt feeds him, but when it comes to everyone else, Hank displays great instincts.

AMC has announced that next season will be the last, and that's a good thing. Yes, it's a great show, but the DEA and the cartel seem like they're on a collision course, and I'm pretty sure at least one opening credit regular is going to meet their demise, and then next year, we'll get the final repercussions. I can't help but wonder: between Gus and cancer, how can Walter White possibly survive?

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