Breaking Bad Season Premiere (7/17)
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|Mon, 07-18-2011 - 11:00am|
For anyone who prefers their meth dramas to be airy and escapist, let this be a warning: things are about to get dark. By the end of Sunday night’s season premiere, “Box Cutter,” Jesse had fired his gun directly into Gale's face. Blood had sprayed around a meth lab in great, sprinkler-head gusts. And no less than two Kenny Rogers t-shirts had been purchased.
Still brave enough to stick with us? Good. Because this episode was awesome. So let’s start with that gun.
Clearly, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is a big believer in Chekhov’s gun; the rule that says a writer shouldn’t put a loaded gun in the first act unless someone’s going to shoot it by the third act. (Or, in this case, that one shouldn’t start an episode with an image of a box cutter unless he plans on eventually ripping out a character’s throat with it—but we’ll get to that later.) So, yes, when Jesse shot at Gale, he killed him—though, considering all the online debate over that topic, you can’t blame Gilligan for toying with our expectations first. When we first see Gale, he’s not only alive, he’s praising Gus, quipping, “I doff my proverbial cap to you, sir!”