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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E10 “Buried”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show.  There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories.  No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show.  So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go.

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The Walking Dead

Briefly: Quick, what is one of the most unexpectedly fantastic-looking things we’ve seen lately? Right: images from the pilot of The Walking Dead, directed by Frank Darabont. (None too surprising there.) While we haven’t seen any actual footage from the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic, frequent Stephen King collaborator Darabont seems to be going all out based on still photos.

But we’ve known that Mr. Darabont wouldn’t be around to direct the whole six-episode order of The Walking Dead‘s first season, and now there’s word that one of the short season’s directors might be Michelle MacLaren, producer on The X-Files and director of four episodes of Breaking Bad.

I haven’t actually seen Breaking Bad yet (I know, I know) but conventional wisdom has it that the show is one of the best things to hit TV, period. So (a) AMC is working with a known quantity in the form of MacLaren, and (b) that is probably a very, very good thing. I’m sure folks will sound off in the comments with respect to where MacLaren’s episodes fit in on the Breaking Bad greatness scale, but on the face of it, this sounds like good news.

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