Air date: 04/09/2011
Synopsis: the past comes back to surface, as we discover how the connection between Gus and the Mexican cartel was formed. And the war between the two sides grows closer. Walt finds out that he remains in remission from his cancer, just to get caught in a complicated situation caused by Hank, who continues to investigate Gus’ link to Gale’s murder.
From here on, heavy spoilers.
After the loss of momentum felt in the previous chapter, Problem Dog, the rhythm starts picking up again in Hermanos. Now, there’s no more doubt: Hank has his eyes set on Gus, and Gus knows that. Walt finds himself caught between the two of them, and it’s interesting how Hank gives no indication of suspecting his brother-in-law, but makes moves that seem to intentionally expose Walt to harm. Jesse has less spotlight on him in this week’s episode; he shows up in the beginning, reencountering his ex-girlfriend (note: I’d like to see them together again), and later on lying to Walt – who now knows that Jesse is tricking him. Mike also shows up less, but his apparition brings along some relevant data for the near future: he is the one who diagnoses the need to take an attitude, since there are too many pieces at play that could disrupt Gus’ reign. By the way, this well balanced amount of factors promises an intense and unpredictable ending to the season: we have Jesse in his role as a double agent; the cartel about to attack Gus head-on; Walt and his plan to kill Gus; and, maybe above all else, Hank coming closer and closer to uncovering the whole deal. Nevertheless, what made Hermanos stand out was, undoubtedly, the return to the past. Discovering the hostility between Gus and the strange man on a wheelchair was already excellent, Gus’ contained cruelty being a nice slap on the face. But when the episode goes further back, to their first meeting, we have one the best moments in the whole season, and a rare opportunity to see Albuquerque’s drug lord under a new light.
Top character: Gus. Past and present come together and give Gus the opportunity to shine, as both the controlled boss and the scared rookie. Always present, however, are his acute intelligence and his flair for business.
Best scene: the meeting by the pool. Intense, curious and full of meaning. The parallel created between the relationship of Gus and his former partner and that of Walt and Jesse adds to the dynamics that has been developing throughout the season.
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