'Ozymandias' Sets 'Breaking Bad' Fans on Edge as End Approaches

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 10:30 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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The poem "Ozymandias," written by Percy Shelley in the early 1800s, describes the downfall of kings, and it could aptly describe the "Breaking Bad" episode named after the poem that left fans buzzing on Sunday.

As "Breaking Bad" winds down to its final two episodes, "Ozymandias" seemed to set everything on edge. Huffington Post blogger Maureen Ryan said she felt she was "hit by a cement truck" by the end of the high-octane, but tragic episode.

Entertainment Weekly recapped the episode this way: DEA agent and Walter White's brother-in-law Hank Schrader is dead along with his partner Steven Gomez, thanks to  White's enemies. White lost most of his money to Jack and "his guys." White's right hand man, Jesse, is being held by white power Nazis and forced to cook meth for them. White goes on to terrorize his own family, kidnap his own baby daughter only to leave her safe at a fire station by episode's end.

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Finally White, whose meth street name is Heisenberg, is seen jumping into a vacuum cleaner vehicle with the last bit of his money and suitcases, leaving his family and notorious life behind – or has he?

"Ozymandias" went a long way in depicting White's long fall from his once powerful drug kingdom and the shattered lives of his family and associates, but with two episodes left, many fans believe that the school teacher turned meth mastermind is doing nothing more than regrouping.

"You don’t kill his brother-in-law, humiliate him, steal $70 million from him, and then leave him alive with an oil drum full of cash," wrote Slate.com of Sunday's episode's ending. "Which is to say: Heisenberg doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy likely to move to New Hampshire and forgive and forget."

Tom Mendelsohn, of The Independent, said that "Ozymandias" has left the final two episodes of "Breaking Bad" virtually unpredictable, but will be the reason fans will flock back to see the conclusion.

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"The initial critical reception has been universally positive, bloggers trying and failing to clamp their mouths back shut," Tom Mendelsohn said in his column. "After a slow start to the second part of this fifth and final season, in which the moving parts of this catastrophe engine were painstakingly set into place, the master plan was finally made appallingly clear - and the pay-off has been worth it."

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