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Granite State 

Walt struggles as he adapts to aspects of his new identity. Jesse plans an escape against Jack and his crew.

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Walt is hiding out with Saul's man waiting to get his new identity and leave Albuquerque. He's joined by none other than Saul himself who is also on the run from the authorities due to his connection with Heisenberg. Walt is angry, particularly at Todd's uncle for taking most of his money. He wants Saul to help him get it back but Saul's advice is to turn himself in before the police turn on his family. When Walt is finally relocated, he finds himself living in a cabin on a snowy piece of land in New Hampshire. Saul's man comes once a month with food and the like but Walt is basically a self-exiled prisoner unable to venture off his property for fear of being recognized. He seems ready to pack it in but comes full circle after seeing his former business partners on TV. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The Extractor (Ed) runs a service providing people with new identities, under the guise of a vacuum cleaner repair shop. This role was played by Robert Forster, who once worked as a vacuum cleaner salesman while struggling as an actor. See more »

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When Walter goes to check out the TV in the hideout, you can briefly see the box with the DVDs placed next to the TV. In the very next shot, the box is on top of the TV. See more »

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Walter White: You remember what I told you? It's not over until -
[succumbs to a paroxysm of coughing]
Saul Goodman: It's over.
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References Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) See more »

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Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
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Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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Supremely depressing and great just because of that
15 February 2014 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

In comparison to the masterpiece of an episode preceding this one, every positive thing I have to say about "Granite State" seems like an exaggeration, but I won't take "Ozymandias" as a threshold and instead focus on the multiple features that make the penultimate of all Breaking Bad episodes a brilliant one, just not the all-time best.

Regardless of where I start, every last scene or even shot of "Granite State" is heart-wrenching to watch and thereby continues the pall of tragedy and lack of any form of humour that is clouding the series since "Ozymandias", although this time, this is done through subtlety and (mostly) mental distress, conjuring up a reaction in me that was close to the shock I felt whilst watching the aforementioned episodic predecessor. Both major characters are imprisoned at the moment, albeit with a significant comfort distinction between these two forms of confinement, and both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul step up to Emmy- worthy performances as they illustrate their characters' desperate situations in tremendously affecting, nearly wordless acting.

Yet the misery doesn't end there and writer/director Peter Gould makes sure that the supporting cast gets its share as well, further decreasing the cheer and increasing emotionally powerful scenes (one shot of Marie gazing into space and one of her vandalised house are all it takes to showcase that her life as well is at an absolute nadir) in an episode that really leaves you depressed as the end credits roll. As the Breaking Bad theme song is played in full length for the one and only time on the series and a paper swan on the bar felt like a Prison Break reference to me (though nobody else seemed to have interpreted it this way), "Granite State" has reached its ending and makes audiences ready for the final episode not with a cliffhanger of "To'hajiilee" or "Gliding Over All" proportions, but with what is the darkest outlook possible.


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