Warning: This article contains spoilers for the latest episode of Breaking Bad.
I don't think anyone saw the final moments of "Dead Freight" coming. The fifth episode of Breaking Bad's fifth season came screeching to a halt when, shortly after successfully robbing a train full of methylamine, Walt, Jesse, and Todd's celebrations were ended by an unexpected interloper -- a little boy, who had been out on his dirtbike, collecting spiders. There was a quiet, awkward moment, and then Todd (Jesse Plemons), eager to impress his new bosses, pulled out his gun and shot the kid, much to the horror of Jesse and the audience (the jury is out on Walt's reaction).
How's that for a cliffhanger? This event should kick things into high gear for this year's remaining three episodes. The promo for next week's episode "Buyout," gives us a few clues as to what's up next for the series.
The group buries the little boy next week, though apparently everybody's got bad feelings about what Todd did. Mike gets physical with him, while Jesse (Aaron Paul) angrily wants that "whackjob" gone.
Mike (Jonathan Banks), meanwhile, has apparently got a few DEA tails -- one of them being Hank's pal Gomez. "I've already decided," he tells Walt and Jesse. "I'm out." Walt's reaction to that news seems to indicate his displeasure, despite the disagreements that he and Mike have gotten into in the past. Am I the only one who thinks that Mike quitting the business can only result in his death? I'd hate to see Mike go, but I really don't see him riding off into the sunset, do you?
Marie continues prying about Skyler's breakdown (see more of that conversation here), there's a desert meetup involving Walt, Jesse, Mike, and a dark-haired fellow, and then Walt delivers one of the season's best lines yet.
"Are you in the meth business, or the money business?" Someone (sounds like Todd) asks him.
"Neither," he replies coldly. "I'm in the empire business."
Check out the promo here.
Breaking Bad will air "Buyout" next Sunday, August 19, at 10/9c on AMC.