Everyone’s favorite murderous, meth-dealing megalomaniac, Walter White, is about to return to television as “Breaking Bad” enters its final season on Aug. 11. To promote the final season, AMC has released its first trailer for the end of “Breaking Bad.” There’s no actual footage from the coming “Breaking Bad” season, but the trailer is haunting enough in its own way.
For most of the trailer, we just see shots of Albuquerque, N.M., and its surrounding desert as Bryan Cranston reads off Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous 1818 poem “Ozymandias.” Even when nothing particularly exciting is happening onscreen, Cranston’s voice is captivating enough.
Then, in the final shot of the trailer, we see a brief shot of Heisenberg’s porkpie hat lying alone in the desert, with no one around to see it. Considering that “Ozymandias” is all about finding the destroyed ruins of a former empire sitting alone in the bare desert, there are some definite implications that Walter White is going to wind up losing everything by the end of this season.
In “Ozymandias,” Shelley reminds readers than no empire or leader can last forever, and in season 5, White claimed he was “in the empire business,” which definitely points to a reckoning.
For context, read Shelley’s “Ozymandias” below.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said — Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert... near them, on the sand
Half sunk a shatterd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lips, and sneer of cold command
Tell that it’s sculptor well those passions read
Which ye survive, stamped on these lifeless things
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
And if you haven’t caught up on the latest season of “Breaking Bad,” Uproxx reports that season 5 hits Netflix on Friday, giving you just enough time to catch up on the show before it airs its final eight episodes starting Aug. 11.
Watch the “Breaking Bad” final season trailer below.