New Breaking Bad trailer

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

WRITTEN BY: Michael DeLaney
Image Source: bj_hale via Flickr

AMC has released a new Breaking Bad trailer for the final episodes that begin on August 11. The trailer doesn’t reveal any new scenes from the second half of the final season, but it feels as if Walter White is headed for a fall (shocking, right?)

The Breaking Bad trailer is a meld of key locations from the series run and a voiceover narration by Walter White himself, Bryan Cranston. Cranston is reciting "Ozymandias," the sonnet written by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The trailer opens with the sun rising on the New Mexico desert, a frequent locale of many of the goings-on of Breaking Bad. Time is sped up, as cars are whizzing by and clouds breezing through the sky. We see the top of the old RV, the Octopus carwash, the exterior of the White household and the green and yellow tents of the Vamanos Pest.

Ozymandias is the Greek name of Ramses II, one of the most powerful Egyptian pharaohs. Shelley’s poem details the eventual fall of all rulers, with a statue of Ozymandias, sunken in the sand, reading:  

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

It’s at this moment in the Breaking Bad trailer that the camera pulls back on the desert-scape to reveal a dusted and tattered hat, namely the hat that Heisenberg wears. And Walt has made it clear he is in “the empire business,” making him the Ozymandias of the methamphetamine market.

The Breaking Bad trailer is certainly a forecast of gloominess for our former chemistry teacher Walter White. That’s no surprise, really. Did you ever think that Breaking Bad was going to have Jesse, Walt and the Whites riding the RV off into the sunset?

Fat. Chance.

Breaking Bad returns to AMC on Sunday August 11 at 9pm EST.

Check out the trailer here:

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