[WARNING: If you have yet to see season 4 of Breaking Bad, there is a MAJOR SPOILER in the trailer below.]
The final season of AMC's Breaking Bad is set to kick off in less than a month, so in an effort to whet your appetite, the network has begun to role out a series of teaser trailers. They offer a glimpse of just what position Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is in after removing former Los Pollos Hermanos proprietor and meth king, Gustavo 'Gus' Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), from the equation at the end of season 4.
With Walt's assertion to Skyler (Anna Gunn) last season that he is "the one who knocks," it was clear a whole new personality was emerging. Now, as we see in the trailers, Walter/Heisenberg isn't shying away from pushing his newfound weight around - especially when it comes to his cowardly, yet surprisingly well-connected lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).
From the look of things, beginning with the poster that was recently released, the end game that creator Vince Gilligan has in mind for his crime opus does not include a scene where Walter White calls it a day, packs up his meth making materials and vanishes into the relative anonymity of running a car wash with his wife. Besides the motivation that comes from having been kicked around as a mere high school teacher and missing out on defining himself (legitimately) as a chemist, the situation Walter currently finds himself in isn't one a person simply walks away from.
Additionally, despite having played nearly everyone - from Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) to "DING" Tio Salamanca (Mark Margolis) - like he was Bobby Fischer from hell, Walter will undoubtedly have a target on his back when it comes to the Mexican cartels and, lest we forget, Gus' right-hand man, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).
Of course, one thing neither trailer gives us is a hint about is where Jesse is following Walter's masterful, albeit cruel, manipulation of him. Considering talk from Cranston has suggested season 5 picks up not too long after Gus straightened his tie for the last time, it's a good bet Walter's sometimes protégé is still in his mentor's corner - and from one of the first photos of the season, that certainly appears to be true. As the truth comes out, however, the often-tenuous Walter/Jesse collaboration will likely come to an end. The question of who comes out on top may very well be how Breaking Bad reaches its conclusion.
But like Walter says to Saul, "We're done…when I say we're done." Seeing as how this will be the final season of one of the best programs to ever be on television, we're more than happy to let Walter White call the shots on when it's all done.
Check out the second trailer below:
Breaking Bad returns for the first part of its final season July 15 on AMC.