Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Say My Name 

Mike and Jesse are out. Now Walt has to handle things on his own. Hank finally finds a rat in Mike's gang.

Director:

Thomas Schnauz

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Thomas Schnauz
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Walter White
Anna Gunn ... Skyler White
Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader
Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader (credit only)
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr. (credit only)
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Jesse Plemons ... Todd
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Louis Ferreira ... Declan
Todd Terry Todd Terry ... SAC Ramey
Kaija Bales ... Kaylee Ehrmantraut (as Kaija Roze Bales)
Chris Freihofer ... Dan Wachsberger
Kathleen Brady Kathleen Brady ... Dorothy Yobs
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Storyline

In the desert, Walter meets with the Phoenix crystal meth distributors to set up a new partnership. Mike's out, Jesse wants out, Skyler's checked out, and Hank's boss wants him to stop spending time and resources on pursuing Mike. Walt needs to get the bug out of Hank's office, and Hank may have one more play. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The working title for this episode was "Everybody Wins". See more »

Goofs

All the $100 bills put in the safe deposit boxes have the same serial number: B32862220B. See more »

Quotes

Declan: Who the hell are you?
Walter White: You know. You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.
Declan: Do what? I don't... I don't have a damn clue who the hell you are.
Walter White: Yeah, you do. I'm the cook. I'm the man who killed Gus Fring.
Declan: Bullshit. Cartel got Fring.
Walter White: Are you sure?
[Declan looks at Mike and Mike shakes his head]
Walter White: That's right. Now, say my name.
Declan: [quietly] Heisenberg.
Walter White: You're goddamn right.
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Connections

References The Waltons (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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Egocentric power
28 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Breaking Bad' is one of the most popular rated shows on IMDb, is one of those rarities where every season has either been very positively received or near-universally acclaimed critically and where all of my friends have said nothing but great things about.

Very few shows in recent memory had me so hooked from the very start that before the week was over the whole show had been watched, especially when for a lot of shows now airing watching one episode all the way through can be an endeavour. 'Breaking Bad' had that effect on me, and its reputation as one of the best, consistently brilliant and most addictive shows in many years (maybe even ever) is more than deserved in my eyes. Its weakest season is perhaps the first season, understandable as any show's first season is the one where things are still settling.

Actually everything is established remarkably from the very start, but once the writing and characterisation becomes even meatier the show reaches even higher levels.

"Say My Name" is another incredible 'Breaking Bad' episode, one of the best of Season 5 and the second best episode of the season since the season opener after "Dead Freight" (that is up to this point). The sizzling tension and the unforgettable ending are two of the most striking aspects, as is the emotional power of saying goodbye to a main character.

Visually, "Say My Name" is both stylish and beautiful, with photography and editing that are cinematic quality and put a lot of films today to shame, where there are a lot of visually beautiful ones but also some painfully amateurish looking ones. The music always has the appropriate mood, never too intrusive, never too muted.

The writing in "Say My Name" is a fine example of how to have a lot of style but also to have a lot of substance. The dialogue throughout is thought-provoking and tense, while also have a darkly wicked sense of humour, nail-biting tension and heart-tugging pathos. The story is texturally rich, intimate, tense and layered, with the pace of it consistently deliberate but taut.

Can't say anything bad about the acting. Bryan Cranston is phenomenal as one of the most fascinating anti-heroes, or even of any kind of character, in either film or television. Aaron Paul has never been better and Anna Gunn is affecting. The supporting cast are both intriguing and entertaining, Jonathan Banks and Dean Norris especially. The characters are compelling in their realism, likewise with their chemistry, and the episode is superbly directed.

All in all, another episode that is difficult to find fault with. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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