Mel Brooks once wrote: “It’s good to be the king.”
William Shakespeare, in contrast, wrote: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”
The conflict between those two lines regarding the true nature of power also appears to be the central selling-point conflict of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which returns to AMC on July 15 to start the first half of its 16-episode final season.
AMC has released the first key art poster for the Emmy-winning drama’s fifth season, featuring the tag line “All Hail The King,” reflective of the tenuous status of Bryan Cranston’s Walter White — morally, professionally, legally, etc — in the aftermath of last summer’s explosive fourth season finale.
If you’re behind on “Breaking Bad,” the most recent season hits DVD on Tuesday (June 5), while AMC will begin a late-night marathon of the entire series starting on Sunday, June 10.
[Side note: The poster makes spectacular use of the Santa Fe Railway Shops in Albuquerque, which I discussed in this “Avengers” set visit report.]
Check out the poster: