August 31, 2013

Breaking Bad - Buried

It would seem not a lot happened in this episode. If you really want to know the details, there is a listing of recaps here. For me it was the Skyler episode that we have been waiting for. Skyler has been a controversial character in the series from the beginning. Anna Gunn even wrote this a few days ago about the Skyler hate she has experienced. As the one of very few women in the show Skyler has been put in a strange position. She is trying to do the right thing, but everybody hates her for it, and there is no way around that. The writers put her in this spot, and viewers are extremely unsympathetic.

Going into “Buried” I had no idea if Skyler would spill the beans on Walt if given the chance. It wasn’t that long ago that she told Walt she wanted him to die. In this episode as she going into the restaunt meeting with Hank she has no idea how much info Hank has. For all she knows he could be going there to slap the handcuffs on her. She quickly realizes that Hank doesn’t know much, and she makes the decision that she is going to keep her mouth shut. For the first time Skyler also learns about Walt’s cancer returning, and it solidifies her choice to stay quiet.

I think the weight of what is happening to Skyler was lost on me right at first. We don’t know of any other family that she has besides Hank & Marie. Even though she has been involved in Walt’s meth empire she could sell him out and come away from this thing with her kids and her sister by her side. When you really think about it, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for her to stick by Walt, but she chooses to do it anyway. Later in the episode we see Skyler and Marie’s bond of sisterhood completely collapse with a slap and an attempt by Marie to take her baby. We witnessed a family fall apart. Just another casualty to add to Walt’s list.

The other notable event in “Buried” is that we see Todd roll in with Uncle Jack and shoot up a bunch of dudes on Lydia’s signal. We know in the future Walt has the need for a giant gun and some ricin. I have no clue who it is intended for, but Todd and Uncle Jack might be strong candidates.

“Buried” was a slower episode for sure, but still moved things along and was really good. With each episode I get excited to see how everything is going to end up, but also a little sad that Breaking Bad is going to be gone.

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