Seen the Breaking Bad Ozymandias teaser yet?
Breaking Bad nods to Shelley and empires tumbling in this latest poetic teaser for the final eight episodes...
Marrying brains, atmosphere, and grandiose ideas about power and empire is a specialty of Breaking Bad's, and this latest teaser trailer does exactly that.
Bryan Cranston reads Shelley's Ozymandias, a poem about the inevitability of great power crumbling (and to a lesser extent, art's ability to contain and immortalise transience), against a backdrop of scenes from the New Mexico desert. Look carefully, and you'll see glimpses of Breaking Bad's past cut in with the lone and level sands, stretching far away...
Here's the full text of the 1818 poem:
I met a traveller from an antique land/Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone/Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,/Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, 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:/And on the pedestal these words appear:/"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:/Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"/Nothing beside remains. Round the decay/Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare/The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Breaking Bad returns to AMC on Sunday the 11th of August, and to Netflix UK on Monday the 12th.
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