AMC is to ramp things up for Breaking Bad season 5, and has released the first official poster from the series’ highly anticipated final run. Taking a seat on a throne of narcotics and money, it appears that Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has finally made it to the top. But for how long?

Certainly touching upon the events from the Breaking Bad season 4 finale, Walter White’s newfound position came after an intense showdown with Gus (Giancarlo Esposito). Making use of his ability to manipulate those around him, Walter White bested his nemeses with “help” from Jesse (Aaron Paul) and Hector Salamanca.

Thanks to a young boy’s (Brock) apparent poisoning by Gus, Walter finally persuaded Jesse into helping him take out Gus. Of course, things aren’t always as they appear. As the Breaking Bad season 4 finale came to a close, it was revealed that Walter White is the one who poisoned Brock. Will this secret ever be revealed?

Even though Walter and Jesse came together to take out Gus, the famed duo’s relationship was otherwise strained. Though no one knows what the status of their partnership will be when Breaking Bad season 5 premieres, one can rightly assume that Walter’s past indiscretions will come eventually come to light, thus pushing their relationship beyond repair.

Now that he’s starting out on top of the drug trade, it’ll be extremely interesting to see how Walter enjoys being the master of his own domain. More importantly, will Walter use this opportunity to return things to normal?

As the final season airs over the course of two years, these are just a few of the questions that will linger throughout its run. With only 16 episodes left of Breaking Bad, expect to see the best and worst of Walter White as he manages to traverse his chaos-filled life. Though it’s likely that we already know the fate of Walter White, there’s no doubt that the entire television world will be glued to their screens to see it happen.

You can check out the poster below: (click for larger version):

 

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Breaking Bad season 5 premieres July 24, 2012 on AMC.

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