Breaking Bad’s Ozymandias in Pictures


Make sure to read all the captions.

As we gear up for the final 2 episodes of what is probably the greatest series of all time (yes, I said it), I want to have a brief look at the latest episode entitled Ozymandias.

What makes this episode so amazing, apart from the fact that it is the highest rated and most watched episode in the series to date, is that this episode is not just a great insert, it’s actually a culmination. Now I know there are 2 episodes left, and knowing the creatives who run the show, we should never not expect to be surprised, but here’s why the episode was really the godfather of all Breaking Bad episodes (Captions!).

Breaking Bad All Hail the King
“I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert.”
Breaking Bad Ozymandias Head in the Sand
“Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies,”
Breaking Bad Remember My Name
“And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!””
Breaking Bad I Watched Jane Die
“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;”
“Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

If you don’t get it, here’s a more detailed analysis on the Ozymandias episode of Breaking Bad compliments of slashfilm.

Also, here’s more info on the original poem Ozymandias to help you piece things together (For those who didn’t analyse this poem at school, or have the decency to do a simple Google search– you’re welcome).

What makes this episode so amazing as well is it is the episode in which the Breaking Bad show-runners forever intertwined their creation with one of the most thought-provoking pieces of literature to date: the original poem Ozymandias; which noobs of life probably think is an original title created by the AMC show.

Anyway, they’ve immortalised their story via this association, just as Ozymandias (although broken and defeated and therefore in sharp contrast) is immortalised in the desert. Credit to the BrBa team , they did a great job on this one.

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