Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Granite State 

Walt struggles as he adapts to aspects of his new identity. Jesse plans an escape against Jack and his crew.


Peter Gould


Vince Gilligan (created by), Peter Gould




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Walter White
Anna Gunn ... Skyler White
Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader (credit only)
Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr.
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Laura Fraser ... Lydia Rodarte-Quayle
Jesse Plemons ... Todd
Emily Rios ... Andrea Cantillo
Michael Bowen ... Uncle Jack
Kevin Rankin ... Kenny
Adam Godley ... Elliott Schwartz
Jessica Hecht ... Gretchen Schwartz
Carmen Serano ... Carmen Molina


Walt is hiding out with Saul's man waiting to get his new identity and leave Albuquerque. He's joined by none other than Saul himself who is also on the run from the authorities due to his connection with Heisenberg. Walt is angry, particularly at Todd's uncle for taking most of his money. He wants Saul to help him get it back but Saul's advice is to turn himself in before the police turn on his family. When Walt is finally relocated, he finds himself living in a cabin on a snowy piece of land in New Hampshire. Saul's man comes once a month with food and the like but Walt is basically a self-exiled prisoner unable to venture off his property for fear of being recognized. He seems ready to pack it in but comes full circle after seeing his former business partners on TV. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The final phone call between Walt and Walt Jr. had to be filmed a second time because the original production footage was destroyed during shipping as the film canister fell out of the containing truck and was crushed by a 737. See more »


When Saul gets his photo taken in the vacuum shop, the image that is applied to his driver's license is not the one taken just seconds earlier. See more »


Saul Goodman: You mind if I give you a nickel's worth of advice, just for old time's sake? You're worried about your wife and kids? Don't leave. The way things are right now, some people - not me, mind you - but some people might say you're leaving her high and dry.
Walter White: Some people would be ignorant on the facts. Some people wouldn't know that as far as the police are concerned, Skyler is a blameless victim.
[Saul sits back down, waving Walt off]
Walter White: No, no, no, go ahead. Get it off your chest. Go on.
Saul Goodman: The phone call ...
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References Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) See more »


Breaking Bad Main Title Theme (Extended)
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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Supremely depressing and great just because of that
15 February 2014 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

In comparison to the masterpiece of an episode preceding this one, every positive thing I have to say about "Granite State" seems like an exaggeration, but I won't take "Ozymandias" as a threshold and instead focus on the multiple features that make the penultimate of all Breaking Bad episodes a brilliant one, just not the all-time best.

Regardless of where I start, every last scene or even shot of "Granite State" is heart-wrenching to watch and thereby continues the pall of tragedy and lack of any form of humour that is clouding the series since "Ozymandias", although this time, this is done through subtlety and (mostly) mental distress, conjuring up a reaction in me that was close to the shock I felt whilst watching the aforementioned episodic predecessor. Both major characters are imprisoned at the moment, albeit with a significant comfort distinction between these two forms of confinement, and both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul step up to Emmy- worthy performances as they illustrate their characters' desperate situations in tremendously affecting, nearly wordless acting.

Yet the misery doesn't end there and writer/director Peter Gould makes sure that the supporting cast gets its share as well, further decreasing the cheer and increasing emotionally powerful scenes (one shot of Marie gazing into space and one of her vandalised house are all it takes to showcase that her life as well is at an absolute nadir) in an episode that really leaves you depressed as the end credits roll. As the Breaking Bad theme song is played in full length for the one and only time on the series and a paper swan on the bar felt like a Prison Break reference to me (though nobody else seemed to have interpreted it this way), "Granite State" has reached its ending and makes audiences ready for the final episode not with a cliffhanger of "To'hajiilee" or "Gliding Over All" proportions, but with what is the darkest outlook possible.

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