Breaking Bad Season 5 - Walt and Jesse

We’re still a few weeks away from the premiere of the final episodes of Breaking Bad, but the first reviews are in. And they’re fantastic. Critics only got to see the first episode, but it seems like it’s a fitting, exciting way to start off the final eight episodes.

After the jump, read some quotes from reviews (spoiler-free of course) and watch a brand new teaser trailer.

First up, here’s the teaser trailer hinting at Walt’s mindset going into these final episodes:

And now here are a few, spoiler-free quotes from reviews. Head to The Playlist for even more.

The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Peter Gould (who also wrote the penultimate episode), the return episode is riveting from start to finish — with the use of another flash-forward that also kicked off this final season — and it concludes with an extended scene that is written, acted and shot with the kind of magnificence that is at the heart of why the series is so exalted.

NY Daily News

AMC’s dark and masterful drama starts its final eight episodes Aug. 11, and the first of those episodes cranks the vice, ratcheting up the pressure even on those who don’t yet feel it.

The Wrap

I’m not going to spoil anything about the return of “Breaking Bad,” except this: It’s as good as it’s ever been. As good as any TV show has ever been.

Variety

While the first of these remaining hours does little to suggest whether the wrap-up will ultimately prove worthy of the journey, it’s breathtaking stuff, providing tour-de-force moments for the key characters. Continuing to tease the outcome with out-of-context glimpses of future events, there’s no telling where “Bad” will wind up. But if this first hit is any indication, the audience is in very good hands.

Breaking Bad returns to AMC on August 11.

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