It's all about the transformation of the characters and how Jesse and Walt are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum relative to where they were earlier in the series. Walt is completely turning into a Tony Montana egotistical control freak. He just isn't getting high on his own supply.
It's leading up to an epic conclusion, you can sense it... It's just unfortunate it's coming to an end, this show is now embedded in my psyche... yo
Yeah there's tons of hype, but it's because so many people watch it now and everyone thinks it's amazing. When I first started watching at the beginning of Season 2 live, barely anyone watched it. I was the only one I knew that watched it and no one would take my recommendation seriously. As a result, I've been able to enjoy it on my own completely surprised without anyone hyping it up for me. Knowing how crazy awesome the show was during the earlier seasons and not being able to discuss it with anyone was both good and bad at the same time.
Season 4 is just about done now.. really blowing through this.
I will watch one more episode tonight then leave the season finale for tomorrow.
Show is really good for sure but it is so predictable.
It's likely that you've heard plenty of background noise from friends and media that has given you a bit of subliminal knowledge of major plot points. Everything from the show that has made its way into the melting pot. Episode titles, in-jokes, memes, mild references, that sort of thing. The same way I sort of just "knew" where The Sopranos was going as I watched it for the first time, spoiler-free, a few years after it wrapped production.
I mean the whole thing with Gus and the Cartel saw it coming from a mile away, really.. who didn't see that Gus was going to poison everyone when the gift was revealed?
Mike's death was fairly obvious as well.. though I was leaning towards a little more of him killing himself than Walt doing the deed.
So yes, I just finished season 5.. was good, obviously not finished so not fair to really rate it yet... though I'm expecting the next couple episodes to be pretty slow once it is back.
Still ready for everyone to kick the bucket..and I really want everyone to die...except for Saul.
The gift was introduced like 5 minutes before they were poisoned. I don't know if that qualifies as a mile away. If you could have predicted that an episode or two beforehand that would have been truly impressive.