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Oddly lyrical trailer for 'Breaking Bad'

Bryan Cranston eerily recites a poem over haunting footage

Oddly lyrical trailer for ‘Breaking Bad’

Did you catch this promo AMC just ran for the final season return of Breaking Bad? August 11, if you don’t already have the date circled in your appointment book.

It’s mysterious and disturbing, all at the same time. Bryan Cranston portentously recites “Ozymandias”, an 1818 sonnet by British Lake Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The most oft-quoted line from the poem: “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.”

The poem concerns a once-majestic statue, now eroded, in the desert, and the folly of an emperor who thought his fame would outlast time.

Cranston’s reading is set to Breaking Bad’s signature time-lapse footage of the sky and the light shifting over the New Mexico desert.

What does it mean for the show? We’re guessing it does not bode well for the drug empire of Wlater White/Heisenberg.

But Shelley? That would be obsure even if Walter had taught English rather than chemistry. Beuatiful to look on though.


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