Hey, this is a recap so there are spoilers for last night’s episode and past seasons of “Breaking Bad” so if you haven’t seen every episode, catch-up and come back.
It’s no surprise that “Buried,” doesn’t pack the dramatic-punch of “Blood Money.” Tonally, it was the true “first episode” of this half-season where the show readjusted for the direction and character dynamics of these final episodes. This marked by the opening scene where the old man stumbles on the money Jesse started throwing out of his car to then find Jesse back in his trance only to disappear until the final scene – much like the kid from the train robbery. Having is conversation with Hank pushed till next week was a welcomed contrast to last week’s showdown.
As for those new dynamics, its even more clear this is going to be as much Hank and Marie’s season as it is Hank, Skylar and Jesse as was truly evident in the focus on Hank and Marie’s drive home from the White house. They have also taken the active role with a clear goal for the season whereas Walt and Skylar’s path are now a mystery, though that’s been one of the more compelling mysteries of this season.
Also slowing things down, Walt spent the majority of the episode digging holes for the storage locker money which is great because we needed to get up to speed on everyone else – except for Walt Jr./Flynn who was absent from this episode. Skylar, could have gone a number of ways when Hank confronted her with his discovery. Kudos to Anna Gunn who kept her intentions well hidden during her conversation with hank all through to the her home visit from Marie. With the reputation Skylar has built with fans as a nucience to Walt’s empire building, it’s surprising she didn’t drop Hank entirely. Then again, if I had a enough cash for Scrooge McDuck’s jacuzzi, I’d play the Tammy Wynette role as well.
We also caught up with Lydia who is set on fixing her own problems by any means necessary, even if it mean’s hiring Todd’s uncle and friend’s to send her current crew on an all-inclusive, one-way trip to Belize. Aside from pleasantly surprising fact that Jesse Plemmons has had one of the successful careers of the Dillon Alumni, it was important that we caught up with him after he was absent last week. While I would have loved to see him nearly set the the train-car lab ablaze played to comedic effect, I’m sure we’ll see him continue add at least one more tear tattoo this year.
“Blood Money,” was an incredible hour of television and post script to last season but now were in full new season mode. Six episodes isn’t a a lot of time but its more than enough to allow us to reevaluate and recalibrate to the storylines of the season beyond “the end.”