It's the beginning of the end, and for millions of Los Pollos Hermanos lovers, nothing could be more bittersweet.
This Sunday night, at 10 p.m. EST, AMC's superb drama series Breaking Bad will embark on its last steps to that often problematic and always divisive endgame for all lauded, long-running TV programs: the series finale.
With only eight episodes left, Breaking Bad has a number of pressing questions to answer. Will chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston) finally pay for all of the death, heartache, and familial ruin that he's wrought in his own life? Will Walt's distraught righthand man Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) finally become privy to all of the horrible things his mentor has done to him over the show's five seasons? Will Skyler (Anna Gunn), Walt's wife, find a way to protect her children? And how about Walt's brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris)—can he avenge his own professional follies, nab Walt for being the elusive Heisenberg, and deliver the kind of justice he's been so desperately chasing all this time?
Only Breaking Bad creator/overseer extraordinaire Vince Gilligan and his ace team of producers, writers, and cast members know the answers to those questions—for now. Come September 29, we'll all know, and if the show's consistent level of storytelling excellence keeps pace, Breaking Bad's resolution could very well do what shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, and Lost weren't able to do before it: deliver an ending that's undeniably satisfying for any and all fans.
Until then, let's prepare for what should be a pulse-pounding, exceptional batch of final hours by revisiting Walt and company's greatest chapters to date. These are the 10 best Breaking Bad episodes (so far). If you've yet to catch up with Breaking Bad, be warned—spoilers abound. But to all of you slackers, we have just one question: What the hell are you waiting for?
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