Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 15

Granite State

48
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 2013 on AMC
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Events set in motion long ago move toward a conclusion. We flash forward to the events that take place in New Hamspire. (Written and directed by Peter Gould.)

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  • Supremely depressing and great just because of that

    9.0
    In comparison to the masterpiece of an episode preceding this one, every positive thing I have to say about "Granite State" seems like an exaggeration, but I won't take "Ozymandias" as a threshold and instead focus on the multiple features that make the penultimate of all Breaking Bad episodes a brilliant one, just not the all-time best.



    Regardless of where I start, every last scene or even shot of "Granite State" is heart-wrenching to watch and thereby continues the pall of tragedy and lack of any form of humour that is clouding the series since "Ozymandias", although this time, this is done through subtlety and (mostly) mental distress, conjuring up a reaction in me that was close to the shock I felt whilst watching the aforementioned episodic predecessor. Both major characters are imprisoned at the moment, albeit with a significant comfort distinction between these two forms of confinement, and both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul step up to Emmy-worthy performances as they illustrate their characters' desperate situations in tremendously affecting, nearly wordless acting.



    Yet the misery doesn't end there and writer/director Peter Gould makes sure that the supporting cast gets its share as well, further decreasing the cheer and increasing emotionally powerful scenes (one shot of Marie gazing into space and one of her vandalised house are all it takes to showcase that her life as well is at an absolute nadir) in an episode that really leaves you depressed as the end credits roll. As the Breaking Bad theme song is played in full length for the one and only time on the series and a paper swan on the bar felt like a Prison Break reference to me (though nobody else seemed to have interpreted it this way), "Granite State" has reached its ending and makes audiences ready for the final episode not with a cliffhanger of "To'hajiilee" or "Gliding Over All" proportions, but with what is the darkest outlook possible.

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  • Granite State

    10
    What I Liked- Saul saying "It's Over" before Walt had a chance to, indicating he really is gone, Jesse's failed escape, Todd shooting Andrea{seriously Aaron Paul should win an emmy just for that scene alone}, Walt paying the guy to stay with him an extra hour, the phone call between Walt and Walt the ending.



    This was kind of a filler, the last one before the big bang as the ending. How will it end? Let's find out!moreless
  • AWESOME!!!

    8.5
    I washed the show from beginning to the end. Best tv show iv ever seen no complaints. Good job to the all of the crew
  • New Hampshire

    9.0
    Seeing Walt finally get isolated away from his life was a nice touch and we saw the great usage of cause and effect and the fallout of his legacy, also the last bit that we'll ever see of Saul. Seeing him watch enraged at Gretchen and Elliot funding treatment of meth in the Southwest and still undoing him even after he's missing was a nice touch of the past catching up with him and the frustrations he feels wronged by. Also, don't think Walt only contributed the name to the company, just sayin'. And he has to pay for company for someone to hang out with him. And two copies of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, oh boy! Jesse really got thrown for a whole new loop as he tries to escape only to have Andrea killed right in front of him as a result of his escape attempt. I don't think he'll be alive long enough to when Walt comes back guns blazing honestly. Todd will probably get the hang of the 92% club faster than we think. Also Skyler killed it this week and I felt so bad for her because she has no idea where Walt is and also has to tell the men who break into her house and threaten her child's life that she'll stay quiet. She'll probably be on trial or in custody by the time we get into the full flash-forward territory though but seeing Walt back on his feet and with hair back just looks weird since we haven't seen it since Season 1 (excluding the flashforward or flashbacks in various episodes). But I but this is the last we ever see of Saul. And how about that whole Lydia and Todd romance? She doesn't seem so willing to get out of the business when the quality matches her Czech customers expectations. I also could tell that Walt knew his product was still alive (and probably Jesse) because of the Gray Matters conference on TV. We also heard how the fence got put up around the house at this half season's beginning in words but still no junior hope to see him for the end next week. I just want to see Walt redeem himself in some way but we saw a bit of the fiery Walter White back again when Elliot questions whatever happened to his friend as the cops swarm the bar (having called and left a message with the DEA on a payphone in the bar). But I expect Walt will now make his way back to New Mexico. It also makes it harder to believe that the waitress who made his breakfast special on his 52nd B-day didn't recognize him at all, although to be fair the pictures probably didn't have hair when they were put around for the most wanted man in America). But I really want to see the monster that Walt has become redeem himself in some way no matter what the machine gun is for I just want to see him and Jesse (who started the series together) share a bit together next week for the final episode ever. Not nearly as action packed as the last episode but every bit as intriguing just in a quieter more karmic way as Walt is forced into isolation to read about his legacy from month old newspapers brought to him by a stranger. Hope the finale turns out better than Dexter's and goes more in the Six Feet Under court in terms of quality.moreless
  • Granite State

    7.0
    Bryan Cranston continues to just do incredible things in this role, but I just did not love this episode. It was well-written, it was interesting, but it accomplished nothing. We know what Walt was planning to do, we had an idea of what the finale was going to be like, you could've just skipped this episode and not missed a thing.



    Still, that is small criticism. It is very hard to find much wrong with Breaking Bad these days.moreless
Robert Forster

Robert Forster

Ed

Guest Star

Tait Fletcher

Tait Fletcher

Jack's Man 3 Lester

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Matthew T. Metzler

Matthew T. Metzler

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Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen

Uncle Jack

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Jesse Plemons

Jesse Plemons

Todd

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Kevin Rankin

Kevin Rankin

Kenny

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