Madrigal keeps the intensity of Breaking Bad rolling right along with some key events and lots of foreshadowing. I could be reading a lot into some things, but knowing that this is the final season and seeing where they’ve already taken this show, I think I’m on the right track at the very least.
The episode starts out with a taste testing at a company in Germany, but the opening scene ends with a suicide. Of course this is linked to Gustav and his chicken franchise/drug empire or why else would it be on the screen.
We’re introduced to some new faces who have their own agendas. Some of these are short lived or at least you can see that they’ll meet a tragic end in the near future.
Walt and Jesse seek out Mike to be the third partner in their business. A lot of people think this is an unlikely partnership, but why? Mike was the distribution end of Fring’s business and the muscle too. He’s got connections and just because Walt and Mike will have to quarrel at some point, it’s a logical step for them to use each other on the business end of things.
Of course Mike turns the offer down and tells Walt that he’s nothing but trouble and a ticking time bomb. He comes around after a while and we start to see that Mr. White is becoming a highly manipulative criminal.
Walter did trick Jesse into thinking that he had lost the Ricin he had stashed away in a cigarette and almost made him break down crying for accusing Mr. White of harming the child.
This episode perpetuates the evolution from Walter White to Heisenberg, which is one of my favorite things about the show — the transformation. Bryan Cranston, the actor portraying Water White, does an amazing job starting out as an almost meaningless, poor excuse for a human being. He was a sad sack, but now he’s not, nor will he ever be, the same. He’s becoming Heisenberg more and more each episode.
The audience gets to see Mike do what he does best — murder. Hank also questions Mike about his involvement with Fring.
Saul tries to unload some “wisdom” to Walt and Jesse by comparing their status to a lottery winner, saying that if you win the lottery most likely you won’t go purchase another ticket. Walt’s rebuttal is that he is something like $40k in debt, how is that winning? Which brings me to my next point — the dialogue.
This episode and the season opener were written by Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator. The dialogue on almost every episode of the series is very solid, but this episode in particular, you can see what direction Gilligan is trying to take the series as it draws to a close.
There’s plenty of foreshadowing, as I mentioned earlier. I want to reiterate the point that Mike thinks Walt is a ticking time bomb and that Walter is becoming more and more the character Heisenberg. If you do the math correctly here, something big is bubbling under the surface and when it comes to fruition, something big and bad will happen.
Overall, this episode was very good and gives the audience some things to ponder on until next week. There are some minor things that have happened here and some things that will resonate in the characters lives for quite some time.
Like a commenter stated last week, this show add small things that many will overlook and these small things will come back later to play a larger part. So, next time you watch the show, keep your eyes peeled for those little details that you may think are insignificant, because they may add up to something greater than what you can see at the moment.