The second half of Breaking Bad's fifth season is most likely the most-anticipated television event of 2013. That should be no surprise; over the course of its run, Breaking Bad has become the single most riveting serial drama on television. It has a sense of fearless purpose that few other shows have. It doesn't care what you think; it doesn't care if it kills off your favorite character (sorry, Mike). Its momentum is unstoppable; it's not going to let up until the very end.
I'm sure there's a joke here that relates to where we left Hank at the end of "Gliding Over All," but you don't need me to make that tasteless joke for you. Hank himself (actor Dean Norris) joined Twitter for that very reason!
Filming has begun for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, and Dean Norris has been tweeting photos here and there from the set. They're pretty lighthearted in nature, but they do give us a hint about where the series will pick up come the summer.
Not surprisingly, it looks like the ninth episode of the season will pick up right where the eighth left off, with Hank's dramatic realization that Walter (Bryan Cranston) is the meth cook for whom he has spent the past two years searching. A photo from Norris sees Hank right back on the toilet, holding his copy of Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Norris has turned it into a visual gag where those leaves might turn into an acceptable toilet paper substitute:
We now know that we won't be skipping forward in time very much at all for episode 9. But Norris offers us some tantalizing new information, and he may or may not be joking. (He later tweeted a photo of himself lighting a match, joking that he was spending the second episode of 2013 "on the can" as well.)
"First new episode BB titled The Decision," he tweeted. So either Breaking Bad's writers have been inspired by the season two finale of Homeland ("The Choice"), or Norris is just continuing his toilet joke. It's surprisingly hard to tell. (Titled "The Decision" or not, though, the episode will be directed by star Bryan Cranston.)
Norris also tweeted this rather spoiler-free but still very creepy picture of Walt and Skyler's daughter Holly -- or, should I say, a picture of two Hollys:
"Cute AND creepy.Real baby Holly playing with fake baby Holly," Norris wrote. Seconded.
I think the lesson we've learned here is that Dean Norris's account (@deanjnorris) is one to follow. The poop jokes are worth it.
Breaking Bad will resume its fifth season next summer.