Earlier this month, we reported on AMC’s first major trailer for Breaking Bad’s final season—and even though it didn’t feature a single scene from the upcoming final stretch of episodes, fans have devoured the clip. Why? Basically, we’re all frothing at the mouth here, desperately counting down the days until Breaking Bad finally reveals the fate of chemistry teacher turned murderously ambitious drug manufacturer Walter White, his empire, and all who fall beneath its shadow. Which is why we’re gonna eat this next trailer up, as well.
In the newest ad from AMC, we hear Walter White (Bryan Cranston), reading the poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Blythe Shelley. Written in 1817 and published in 1818, it tells the tale of the inevitable, bitter decline and destruction of a king and his once all-powerful empire. Sound like anyone you know?
(And yes, nerds, before you get too riled up, Ozymandias was also used as a character name in The Watchmen. We know.)
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Now here’s that trailer:
It’s the kind of trailer that makes it hard to believe that Walt isn’t headed for some kind of ruin by Breaking Bad’s end; additionally, one of the last episodes of the series bears the title “Ozymandias.”
Breaking Bad‘s final season begins airing on AMC on August 11.
What do you think of the trailer?