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Walter is “Buried” – Breaking Bad Review

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm by Amanda Andonian

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In last week’s episode of Breaking Bad, we were left with a tantalizing cliffhanger and the question that everyone is always asking. Who is Walter White?!?

“Buried” Recap – SPOILERS

Fortunately, “Buried” gets off to a raring start. Picking up right where we left off last week, we find Jesse having a complete mental breakdown in the middle of the night after throwing all of his meth earnings out of his car window. Clearly he’s cracking up, and it’s not going to bode well for Walt.

breaking-bad buriedWe then jump cut to Hank and Walt, post standoff. Both men try to play off the confrontation, but are immediately on the phone, coincidentally calling Skyler at the same time. Hank gets to her first, managing to convince her to talk to him one-on-one. Hank’s one track mind gets him in trouble, though—he just wants to be able to put Walt away, not even realizing that Skyler is not onboard for what he’s planning.

Meanwhile, Walt can’t get ahold of Skylar. Freaking out, he enlists Saul to help him move the money. The moment with Huell and Kuby in the storage facility was a welcome moment of humor and levity in the show. If they two of them could get their own spin-off series with Saul, I could die happy. While Walt works overtime to bury the money in the middle of the desert, Skyler has to deal with Marie and Hank coming at her from all sides. Marie tries to relate with her sister at first, but as the reality of the situation starts to overcome her, it’s clear that Marie is no longer on Skyler’s side. It was actually a little shocking to me how quickly Marie turned on Skyler, even as understandable as it was.

Finally, Lydia decides to take her new-found meth operation into her own hands. As OCD as she is, it’s no wonder that she’s not happy with the way Declan is handling things. Too bad for him, because his lassez faire attitude ends with him and a bullet through the back. I don’t think that Lydia quite understands what she’s gotten herself into, so I’m sure that her business dealings will end badly.

What’s Next?

Where last week was all about Walt, this week is about the aftermath of his decisions. Jesse has completely cracked up, and he obviously can’t handle the repercussions of what he was involved in. Skyler wants to protect her family, but she also knows that Walt is a monster, which is helped along by Hank and Marie’s reactions to the revelation. At the same time, Skyler can’t bring herself to abandon Walter because she’s just as culpable as he is. After helping him launder money for so long, she’s long past the point where she can claim plausible deniability.

breaking-bad-buriedSaul is doing his best to continue in the role that he’s played for Walter, but clearly the pressure is getting to him, especially since he also has to contend with an MIA Jesse. Unfortunately, Jesse’s stunt ended with him in holding, so it’s only a matter of time before Hank breaks him down and gets the confession that he needs to put Walt away.

Clearly, the rest of the season is going to center around Walt’s descent. Over the next few episodes, no doubt we’ll watch as Walt’s well laid plans are dissolved completely in the face of Hank’s investigation. Given the opening scenes of last week’s episode, we’re going to see Walt completely laid bare and exposed, then witness his attempts to stay out of prison and salvage what little of his power is left.

Favorite moment: Back at the station, Hank says “Hi” to the guy with the epic beard-stache.

What did you guys love about last night? What do you think Hank will manage to uncover? Leave us your speculations below!

Breaking Bad: Season 5 Episode 10, “Buried” aired August 18th on AMC.

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