How to Catch Up on 4.5 Seasons of 'Breaking Bad' in 8 Minutes

The world of Walter White is complex. Fans, newbies: Here's what you need to know before the final episodes premiere

Breaking Bad fans, the moment is near. Your final, eight-episode helping of quality-TV goodness kicks off Sunday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. Watch the trailer here:


If that promo leaves you feeling a little... lost, don't sweat it. Keeping tabs on the various characters of this complex show can be challenging -- whether you've been debating Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) ethics for years now, or you've never seen an episode. (If you are just tuning in now, well, you're a little late to the party -- we are four and a half seasons in. But welcome!) 

Here are some pertinent facts to remember as you gear up for Sunday's premiere. 

Breaking Bad's original premise was that Walter White, a chemistry teacher and family man in Albuquerque, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He began cooking and selling crystal meth to pay the enormous medical bills. Near the end of Season 2, his cancer went into remission. But by that time, his drug-cooking career (and the murderous lifestyle that went with it) had changed him indelibly. The story of a man gone "bad" continued on, without much mention of the cancer that set him on this course. But according to The Daily Beast - -which previews Sunday's episode here -- that's about to change. 

Throughout the show, Walter has shown an astonishing ability to lie to everyone, even those closest to him. Some of those lies are bound to catch up with him in the handful of episodes to come. Two big areas of deceit: He's lied to his young partner Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) about numerous acts of violence (against enemies, friends and even innocent children). And of course, he's spent an entire series lying to his brother-in-law, Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), a law enforcement officer who enlisted Walter's help in bringing down a drug cartel (with which Walter was in league). 

Truth is, even knowing that much won't really help on Sunday if you're brand new to the show. Luckily, the Internet is a complex and wondrous place where one can find an eight-minute recap of an entire TV series, wittily delivered by nerds in yellow meth lab coats. Enjoy! 


Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.

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