I'm only going to warn you once: do not read any further if you have not seen Sunday's episode of 'Breaking Bad.' Spoilers for "Ozymandias" follow.
It's difficult to have any eloquence in the face of the third-to-last episode of 'Breaking Bad,' one of the most devastating episodes of television to air... well, ever. It was an hour that left me a trembling mess, an hour that absolutely turned my stomach and disgusted me. But I was also extremely proud of that episode, because it proved that 'Breaking Bad' is sticking the landing better than any show since 'The Sopranos.' Delayed gratification is something for lesser shows; to watch 'Breaking Bad' is to have your expectations suddenly and violently demolished in even more satisfying ways. Watching "Ozymandias" was an unpleasant experience, but I loved it (and 'Breaking Bad') all the more for it.
And here's the kicker: there are still two episodes left. There are two hours of story that remain to be told, even after Hank (Dean Norris, who deserves at the very least an Emmy nomination) -- the show's closest thing to a hero -- met his inevitable end. Hank's death so far away from the show's end is a destabilizing element, a leg kicked out from under the table. Next week episode, "Granite State," seems like it will be the tottering of that table before the finale, "Felina," sees it collapse for good.
But while the final minutes of "Ozymandias" saw Walt fleeing to New Hampshire with his new identity of Mr. Lambert, don't think that he'll be the only main character popping up in "Granite State" -- a new promo reveals that, at least, Saul's going to be there, too.
I thought the show was done with Saul (at least until his spin-off), but he is the centerpiece of the promo for next week's episode, recounting just how much trouble Walter is in, before asking him very directly, "How long do you have left?" Saul's not going to have Walter sent to Belize -- the cancer will do that for him.
It's nice to see Saul back, though how exactly he'll play into Walt's eventual decision to return to New Mexico remains to be seen. You can watch the new promo here.
'Breaking Bad' will air "Granite State" next Sunday, Sept. 22, on AMC.