The end is here. Walt’s journey from wry, dead-eyed chemistry teacher to the one who knocks will come to a close when the second half of Season 5 premieres on AMC on Sunday night. Before following along with Slate’s TV Club, catch up on the first eight episodes with the three-minute recap above, featuring every magnet and hard-earned vat of methylamine.
And assuming you aren’t one of the brave souls who embarked on a harrowing series binge this summer, here’s our recap from last year, covering Seasons 1 through 4:
TODAY IN SLATE
The Democrats’ War at Home
How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?
Why Time Is on Our Side in the Fight Against Ebola
Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing
Catacombs Where You Can Stroll Down Hallways Lined With Corpses
Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.
Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.
How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully
On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.