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Let’s face it: if you’re in a position to watch Season Four of multi-award-winning Breaking Bad, you hardly need coaxing to reach your mouse and click the button below.
Part two of Season Five (the very last episodes ever) is fast approaching and will be shown on Netflix UK on 12th August, a mere 24 hours after the US broadcast. You only have 13 (Season Four) and eight (Season Five Part One) episodes left, you know what it takes to watch these episodes back to back and, by God, you owe it to yourself.
But let’s just say you need convincing. Season Four goes deeper and darker into the lives of these men – and, crucially, women. As splendid as all the fine male characters are, this season you have to hand it to Skyler (Anna Gunn) for being a tough resilient businesswoman. Things need to be done and she sets about doing them with full transparency with Walter (Bryan Cranston). Not only does she navigate the complicated process of a large scale money laundering operation, she also takes the heat off a future investigation by the IRS which involves shady practices by Ted Beneke. Only Skyler could have achieved this, and thankfully the writers give her the opportunity to prove she is a match for Walt, without compromising any of her other attributes.
Skyler is forced to come to terms with the web of lies previously spun by Walt but, having recovered and now being in a position to protect her family, she enters into a truce with him. Suddenly, they start to pull in the same direction. Not only do they have more money than they know what to do with, she finds a way to put on a show of normality to the outside world, which includes her sister Marie (Betsy Brandt) and, of course, DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris).
Incapacitated by a shooting incident, Hank convalesces at home, making Marie’s life a misery until a former colleague from the police department asks him for assistance in a homicide case. Catching the scent of Heisenberg brightens Hank’s mood and focuses his attention on catching the biggest fish his pond has ever produced.
There is drama. There are consequences. There is laughter. But most of all, there is a cracking finale, which should be savoured with relish. Sit back and prepare to be entertained. Boom.
Breaking Bad is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
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