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Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 14


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 15, 2013 on AMC
out of 10
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Everyone copes with radically changed circumstances in different ways. (Directed by Rian Johnson.)

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  • "I saw her

    That and "You are the smartest man I have ever net, but too stupid to figure out his mind was made up to kill 10 minutes are the greatest lines ever aired on TV, I still get shiver. Sheer brilliance.
  • My name is Ozymandias, king of TV series episodes and films alike.

    With "Ozymandias", Breaking Bad reaches its absolute apex, a gathering of all the worst things that could possibly happen for the series's main characters and the perfect analysis of Walter White's character. To me, this isn't merely the best episode of the series these 45 minutes of utterly tragic intensity, having my heart continuously palpitate, are what I consider to be the best thing to be ever put on screen in any medium.

    In a non-stop fashion, Looper's writer/director Rian Johnson shocks the audience with gut-wrenching, jaw-dropping, and unforgettable scenes, not leaving you any time to breathe deeply and not stopping to bother you after the ending credits roll. The screenwriters of this series have proved to be one of the most talented in their business over the course of almost five seasons up to that point and in "Ozymandias", they have all the accumulated problems ingeniously falling to pieces. In one way, it's torturing to watch all the worst case scenarios arise, but it's also fascinating because of how greatly made it is. The acting is a new career-best for virtually everyone involved and the departments that don't receive their due respect too often, such as the cinematography, the editing, or the incidental music contribute a major share to the phenomenal final good as well.

    I'm completely stunned at how fantastic "Ozymandias" is and I can't think of any other episode of a TV series or any other film that emotionally affected me to the extent Vince Gilligan and his crew managed to do with this episode. Breaking Bad has had its weaker moments in previous seasons and may not be everyone's cup of tea, but with "Ozymandias", it suddenly becomes a must-see for anyone who gives anything about great film- or TV-series-making.moreless
  • Incredible!

    Amazing episode, although I find it odd that so many reviewers here didn't catch onto the fact that Walt called his wife a "stupid bitch" because he was trying to protect his family.

    He consciously kidnapped the child so that the police would arrive at the house and tap the phone. He then called, knowing that they were listening in (and asking "are you alone?" to make the police believe he was being honest), and then tried to give the impression that he had held his wife under duress the whole time. He pinned all of the blame on himself to save his family, and it draws such a strong connection to the first season, where he explains that family is everything. Shrouded in guilt and blood, he's returned to his original values.

    I will be hard pressed to find such a whirlwind of a show when I'm done with this. Truly incredible!moreless
  • Best Episode

    What I liked- Gomez and Hank dying, Walt telling Jesse the truth about Jane, the ending, Walt taking off with Holly, Holly's "mama" line, "What the hell is wrong with you? We're a family!", Walt's phone call to Skyler, Jesse seeing the picture of Brock and Andrea in the meth lab.

    PERFECT episode. The best of the show. Sad and dark as ever. If you're a fan, have tissues because you will cry your eyes outmoreless
  • Most Overrated 40 Minutes of Televsion of all time!

    I followed Breaking Bad to Season 2 and gave up after that Season 3 premiere till people started raving about this particular episode, so I pulled through and went through extreme highs (Season 4 Premiere) and extreme lows (Blood money) until I FINALLY reached this episode.

    was incredible about this episode exactly? You see this stuff happen in every other western or TV Dramas, what's the difference? Maybe it's because I couldn't care less about the characters but I'm just really underwhelmed by the whole show and this episode doesn't change anything!

    Hank could've been used for so many other things than just a pawn to Walter's character and a plot device! Dissapointed.moreless
Patricio Delgado

Patricio Delgado

Cop 1

Guest Star

Tait Fletcher

Tait Fletcher

Jack's Man 3

Guest Star

Saginaw Grant

Saginaw Grant

Native Man

Guest Star

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Gomez

Recurring Role

Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen

Uncle Jack

Recurring Role

Jesse Plemons

Jesse Plemons


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • This episode was rated on average, a perfect 10, by more than 60,000 IMDB.com users.

    • This episode received universal acclaim and Vince Gilligan stated on the episode podcast that he considered it the series' best.

    • The scene where Walt is changing Holly in the public bathroom and she says her first word, "mama," was not intentional. The baby said this because saw her real mother walk by on the set and the crew decided to keep it as it gave the scene more drama.

    • In July 2013, AMC created a promo that featured a voiceover of Bryan Cranston reciting the poem that shares the title with this episode.

    • Writer Moira Walley-Beckett requested to work with Rian Johnson again because of their previous experience working together on the third season episode "Fly". Notably, "Fly" was one of the most controversial episodes because of it's seemingly "filler" nature. Before coming back to Breaking Bad, Rian Johnson wrote and directed "Looper" which has received good reviews. 

    • The opening flashback scene after Walt talks to Jesse, outside the R.V. when he makes the cellphone call, was the last scene to be shot for the entire series. The crew waited to film this episode flashback to allow for Bryan Cranston's hair to grow back more realistically.

    • The title, Ozymandias, comes from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley about the "inevitable fall of kings and empires". It was published in 1818 and is notable for its virtuosic diction.

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