OK, now that the first half of the final season of "Breaking Bad" has aired and gone, what do we do now? Well, we start by stating what we want, and what we expect, to come in what promises to be one of the most intense and (hopefully) satisfying conclusions in television history. To start off, let's look at some of the things that we want more of in the final eight episodes.
Sure, Skyler had some really awesome scenes in this first half, but we really need to see more of her in the final eight in order to get a true sense of closure regarding her character. Of course, there is always the possibility that she might end up dead (at Walt's hands or in the crossfire) right off the bat, but that probably won't happen right away. In that case, we definitely need to see more of her, so that we can feel as if we have a proper way to say goodbye to this most fascinating and complex of characters.
Although it might appear that Saul is little more than comic relief in a show known for its grittiness, there is actually a lot more to this sleazy lawyer than meets the eye. He is, in the end (and perhaps surprisingly) one of the more redeemable characters, and he may very well be the one that gives Walt the key that he needs to survive what is soon going to be a massive manhunt on the part of the DEA. In order for that to be plausible, we are definitely going to need to see a lot more of him.
Finally, we come to Junior, who seems to have largely disappeared in this first half of the final season. Of all of the characters of the series, he is the one who has remained (so far as we know) totally innocent of any of this. Thus, in order for Walt's fall from grace to have its true and most resonant impact on viewers, we are going to have to see a lot more of Junior in the final eight, so that he can come to fully appreciate the monster that his father has become.
While the first eight episodes of the final half of this startlingly realistic drama focused on Walter and Mike and their dynamic, I suspect that the last eight will bring in the other characters as well, so that the full extent of Walter's fall will become clearly, perhaps too clearly, known to everyone.