As a part of an ongoing series, here is the latest installment for our reviews on Breaking Bad.
Episode 12, entitled “Rabid Dog” was directed by Sam Catlin. Though Catlin had written for the show since the beginning, “Rabid Dog” was his directorial debut. He did a great job on an episode that was less about driving the plot than it was about exploring character relations and development. Some of the shots were really interesting, characterized by odd cinematographic angles and long, tense moments, which gave the episode an almost Lynchian feel, and worked to create an air of impending change and trouble.
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It has grown evident since the beginning of the show that every character is in someway negatively affected by Walter’s actions. Marie, Hank, Jesse, Walt Jr. and Skyler have all been equally betrayed and lied to. However, the only thing that kept them from unraveling the truth, was Walt’s way to cover his tracks so well that even Hank’s long-running investigation of Heisenberg through the series has been for naught, up until now.
“Rabid Dogs” served to emphasize this notion. Marie, whose biggest atrocity thus far was stealing a spoon from a stranger’s house, admitted during a therapy session that she fantasizes about killing Walt in various ways. Skyler suggested Walt kill Jesse, which is 180-degree evolution from the wife who withdrew completely after finding out her husband was involved in the killing of Gus. After last week’s episode, Jesse’s epiphany has turned him into a total loose canon, and understandably so. Jesse and Hank, despite everything that happened between them, are so pained by Walt’s actions that they’ve teamed up to“burn him down.”
Walt Jr. is the only one left who doesn’t know Walt’s true identity. Nevertheless, after Walter lied about the gas malfunction, Jr. has become smart enough to catch his father’s lie. Even though he thinks his father was covering up a blackout, the fact that Jr. no longer trusts his father’s words shows that he too is fed up with being lied to.
Walt’s innate ability to hurt everyone and still keep his actions in the shadows has been one of the most fascinating parts of the show. Let’s not forget, after killing Jane, Walt is responsible for her father’s breakdown, which led to the deaths of hundreds in the plane crash at the end of season two. Now that his family is no longer in the dark, it is going to continue to be interesting to see the actions they take—particularly Hank and Jesse—towards ruining Walter White.