Published on August 1st, 2012 | by Sean Bell3
‘Breaking Bad’ Season 5 Episode 4 Preview: ‘Fifty-One’ – Walt Dons The Heisenberg Hat Once Again
Breaking Bad’s fourth episode of its fifth season, “Fifty-One,” will feature two of America’s current love affairs: Walter White and BACON!
Check out this clip from Sunday’s episode:
While families typically celebrate birthdays with happiness and overall gratitude for life, Skyler is seeing things a tad bit differently these days. As evident by her awesome flip out on sister Marie in Hazard Pay, she at the cusp of breaking down, to the point where just the sight of her Walt makes her sick. This clip shows this fact to great effect as she’s involuntarily made to participate in a family tradition. We’ve said it before, but Anna Gunn is simply brilliant in her performance as Skyler.
Of course, in all of this, Walt fails to see just how much his ego has swelled. His smugness and overall inability to see how his wife is hurting is very indicative of how morally deficient he’s become. As this final season has been marketed – Walt is the villain in this tale now.
More interesting than the fact that Walt is the villain is the possibility that he just might not be fully qualified for the role. Kingpins like Gus Fring thrive (thrive-d) because of their ability to think about all the angles, cover all bases and motivate the people under them to have a ‘ride-or-die’ outlook. Egomaniacs like Walt overreach their abilities because of greed and an invincibility complex, almost always going out in a blaze of glory just like Scarface’s Tony Montana did (a rare overt foreboding given to us by Vince Gilligan in Hazard Pay).
This makes us fear for our favorites even more – Mike, Jesse, Saul. Walt’s likening of Mike to Icarus at the end of Hazard Pay was subtle musing on how he sees Mike as an obstacle as well as a cleverly veiled threat to Jesse, warning him of any further insubordination.
But the DEA’s threat looms and it’s only a matter of time before Hank unravels this whole thing. It continues more in “Fifth-one,” as seen in the on-air promo below. Will Hank make the connection to Walt prior to the mid-season finale? Will Skyler break down and finally turn against her husband for good? One thing is for sure, when Walt puts on the Heisenberg hat (as seen in the below on-air promo), it doesn’t bode well for anyone in his orbit.