Breaking Bad‘s latest episode, “Shotgun,” opens with relentless drive and a kick of energy that assures an episode of high octane action and aggression. Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) lab partner, has been taken by cleaner Mike (Jonathan Banks) on a road trip into the unknown. Fearing for the life of his associate, Walt takes to the streets in his car, swerving between vehicles at high speed, and makes a potentially final call to his wife and son. He’s prepared for the worst, and rightly so. His destination? Los Pollos Hermanos, where he’ll confront his boss, drug kingpin Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).
Whilst the opening sequence seems to nudge the narrative into seemingly dooming and volatile circumstances, “Shotgun” actually manages a switch-a-rooney and wisely pulls its punches – it’s not time for damning confrontations just yet. What we get instead is