The bad news: There is no footage from Breaking Bad’s final eight episodes in the following teaser.
The good news: The teaser does contain evocative images of locations featured in AMC’s drama – the vast New Mexico desert, a busy Albuquerque street, a telltale green and yellow Vamanos Pest Control tent – fading in and out as Bryan Cranston recites Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet Ozymandias, a tale of hubris and fallen empires. The clip’s the sort of thing that would seem pretentious coming from another series – but for Breaking, it’s just right. Check it out below:
How can we expect the series to end? Perhaps the last lines of Shelley’s poem contain a clue:
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
As Cranston solemnly intones those words, the teaser’s camera focuses on Heisenberg’s signature porkpie hat – lying dusty and forgotten in the sand.
Breaking Bad returns Aug. 11.