Originally Posted by kaldaniels
As far as the show goes, even though I knew the show's going to move fast this season with only 8 episodes left, I figured we'd have a couple episodes with Hank waffling on whether or not to confront Walt followed by a (Hank saying) "Walt, I have something to talk to you about" cliffhanger.
Ironically, a huge way this show is building suspense is to buck expectations regarding what we think will be suspenseful.
From the first/flashforward scenes of both halves of this season, we know that a) Walt does not die of cancer (at least not before something major happens to his life), b) he ends up living somewhere else under an assumed name, c) in one way or another his secret is revealed (the "Heisenberg" scrawled in the house, Carol the neighbor's reaction to him -- actually wondering if the latter indicates that people *think* he dies). It's certainly hinting that he loses his family as well.
So we know at least a good bit of how it ends, or at least we think we do. The question is how does he get there, who does he lose along the way, how does he lose them, and WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO WITH THE RICIN??
And don't get me wrong, I still expect a ton of surprises. I just love that the show sets you up for certain things long-term and then throws you for loops along the way -- it has done this at least since the plane crash season. Brilliant way of creating suspense.
edit: Come to think of it, it has done this since the very first epsisode.