Walter White becomes the narrator in a haunting new teaser for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad.
Clocking in at around 1 minute 17 seconds, the teaser features Walter White/Heisenberg narrating Percy Bysshe Shelley‘s sonnet Ozymandias over the show’s famous backdrops before it ends on the final iconic image of Heisenberg’s fallen pork pie hat.
The inevitable decline of all leaders and their empires, however mighty, is the central theme of the poem and seems to perfectly reflect the “inevitable action” that awaits the one who knocks when all is said and done. See what you make of the promo below (updated with HD version):
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. 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.
The final episodes of Breaking Bad begin Sunday, Aug. 11 on AMC.