The “Bad” writers don’t let Walt get away with Gus’ murder without showing the clean-up necessary; they follow up all the logical threads, including the reaction of Gus’ chief lieutenant, Mike (Jonathan Banks).
“You are trouble. You are a time bomb: tick, tick, tick,” voice-of-reason Mike says to Walt this season. “And I have no intention of being around for the boom.”
Sunday’s season premiere also shows the reaction of Walt’s wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn), and the investigation into Gus’ murder led by Walt’s brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris).
That investigation has global repercussions in the July 22 episode when viewers learn more about the German parent company that owns Los Pollos Hermanos, the fast food chain methodical Gus used as a front for his drug business. This episode also introduces Lydia (Laura Fraser), a slightly unhinged woman with some sort of relation to Gus, who grows panicked after his death.
Series creator Vince Gilligan wrote the first two episodes of this eight-episode batch and they crackle, as always, with intelligence and an ever-lingering sense of dread. But that dread created within the show’s fictional universe may be no match for how bad “Bad” fans will feel as they count down to the show’s conclusion with a final eight episodes next summer.