“Breaking Bad” has left one big question hanging after its season premiere — what Walt (Bryan Cranston) is doing in that Denny’s a year from now — and Sunday’s (July 22) episode won’t answer it. But it will start down the road toward putting that puzzle together.
Here are a few things you should watch out for in the episode, “Madrigal,” including the introduction of a new character and the (apparent) resolution of an old problem.
A trip overseas: “Breaking Bad” does often wonderful things with its opening scenes, and “Madrigal” is no exception. The episode gets its title from the European multinational company that owns Los Pollos Hermanos and helped bankroll Gus Fring’s drug operation. You’ll see the inside of the company in Sunday’s opening, including a rather surreal moment at the very beginning.
New face: The episode introduces Lydia, the new character played by Laura Fraser. She was tied (tangentially, at least) to Gus, and she’s rather nervous about what might happen to her now that he’s gone.
The search: The poison cigarette that figured prominently in Season 4 turns up again — or rather, doesn’t turn up, which has Jesse (Aaron Paul) all worked up.
Seeking answers: Hank (Dean Norris) and his DEA cohorts are at a bit of a loss piecing together the case around Fring’s death — and also questioning themselves for how they didn’t see the man Gus really was. Take a look at a scene from the episode:
Trouble for Mike: Gus’ fixer (Jonathan Banks) finds himself potentially implicated in the Fring case through some newly uncovered information, and he has to make a move he’d rather not make to keep ahead of the game.
Chills: The closing scene of the episode is one of the more chilling ones “Breaking Bad” has ever done. Best not to say more than that, but you skin might crawl a little.
“Breaking Bad” airs at 10 p.m. ET Sunday on AMC.