The first visual evidence from the second half of Breaking Bad’s fifth and final season has found its way to the interweb. And like Walter White’s impossibly pure stimulant, it’s quite blue (y’know, tonally) and will only make you yearn for more of its sweet embrace until your friends and family are all like, “Just shut the hell up about Breaking Bad already. We get it, it’s awesome; everybody knows now.” But anyway, back to the picture. The scene takes place in the casa de Pinkman, where young master Jesse (Aaron Paul) is visibly shaken. On the couch beside him is his former meth-making partner/life-ruiner Walter White (plus what appears to be that giant sac of money he gave to Jesse in the last episode). It seems as though Walter is trying to talk Jesse down and/or convince him to do something horrible for the greater good of Walter White — an increasingly common occurrence in a relationship that, in the first half of Season 5 (which aired last summer), lost virtually all of its lighter, Laurel-and-Hardy aspects as Walt’s baser impulses ate away those last little bits of his soul. Hit the jump to check out the pic.
And what the hell, we’ll even throw in a video of the cast joking around behind-the-scenes while filming the back half of season five, and that fantastic one-hour panel (hosted by the Academy of Arts and Sciences) on which moderator Conan O’Brien chats with creator Vince Gilligan and cast members Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk and Mike Ehrmantraut himself, the very thirsty Jonathan Banks. Here’s the first official image from the ninth episode of season five:
What is Jesse so upset about? What does Walter need from him? Do they know what Hank knows? These are the questions we will ponder until the show returns to AMC on August 11 at 9 p.m., before (snivel) disappearing forever like so many drug dealers in so many barrels of hydrofluoric acid. Of course, we can take some solace in the fantasy of that Saul Goodman-based spin-off somehow making it on the air, and in the knowledge that we’ll be getting an extra half hour of Bad-related content tacked on to each of those last eight episodes. Still, when this one ends, TV just won’t be the same. Here’s the behind-the-scenes video (via AMC):