Breaking Bad season 5 part 2 premieres on August 11, so I decided to catch up and watch five seasons of Breaking Bad in five days. To say I enjoyed the show is an understatement, and I’d like to discuss my fascination, along with my season 5 predictions.

Hi, My name is Josh and I’m an addict.

Breaking Bad has always been on my radar, we cover it on Hypable and I would always turn an ear when I heard TV spots for the show as the drug world has always intrigued me. No, I’m not really an addict, but I’m certainly addicted to Breaking Bad. After being turned on to the show by our own Andrew Sims, I went to Netflix and watched five season in five days.

You read that right – 54 episodes of Breaking Bad in less than 120 hours. I feel like I should be headed to a television marathon anonymous meeting truthfully. Watching Walt and Jesse start in their infamous RV and graduate to their multi-million dollar meth lab was riveting. When arguments occurred or business was being discussed, all I could wait for were those bags full of blue crystal.

I became fascinated. I’d heard of crystal meth prior to the show, and it certainly appears to be an epidemic of sorts, especially in the midwest, but this empire that Walt and Jesse were trying to create was so oddly inspiring. Seeing the transformation of Walt can’t be explained any other way than shocking. Seeing the innocent high school chemistry teacher switch to the monster meth manufacturer of Albuquerque was mind bending writing and more importantly, brilliant acting.

After watching the first few episodes, I grew to care about Walt and his situation and even more so with Jesse since he’s more my age. While Jesse is of course a part of an underworld that I’ve never witnessed, I could see myself getting caught up in the money and the life. Not to mention, I literally laugh out loud every time Jesse yells something to the tune of: “Yeah, bitch! Magnets!”

It’s easy to see what appeals to these types of people. While the show is certainly a glamorized version of the meth world, it does a hell of a job sucking you into the world, while making you want to sprint away after each episode back to your quiet, safe suburb.

breaking bad five seasons smallThe constant tension between Walt and his wife, or Jesse, or his DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank is palpable.

There were some episode endings where I would literally yell out loud “Holy shit,” as the end credits were rolling. The fast forwarding at the beginning of the episodes is so addictive.

They’ve created the perfect formula (no pun intended) for putting their hooks into the audience at the beginning of each episode and latching on.

When you jump back to the current time, it’s always in your mind that you just saw the aftermath of something entirely disastrous and you sit on the edge of your seat like it’s the Superbowl and a hail marry was just thrown. When Walt let Jesse’s girlfriend die of a heroin overdose, I knew there was no turning back for him. Walt, thinking on the fly, was now a criminal mastermind who was out for himself, and also sometimes for the sake of Jesse’s well-being. Could he have been trying to scare Jesse straight by letting her overdose?

By season 3, I was fully invested. I could feel Walt’s fear of Gustavo in every episode, and now knowing how he “takes care of” Gus, it’s so wild to look back at his transformation. With Walt’s wife wanting nothing to do with his drug involvement, it’s gut wrenching to watch them fall apart. You see a happily married couple get ripped apart by a man’s life changing ambition, as well as fighting for his own life by defeating lung cancer.

Like other fans, I began hating Skyler due to her constant complaining, despite having all the reason in the world to act the way she does. That line, “Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family.” It broke through the screen, exploded the heads of Skyler haters around the globe. Despite my hatred for this character, she has reasons for being the way she is, but I found myself wanting to fast forward through her scenes as time went on. I’m very interested to find out how her character arc will end.

By the end of season 3, watching Walt tell Jesse that he can’t make it in time to kill Gale (the other chemist) – there’s no way around it, I was freaking out. Watching Jesse jump up and run, not thinking twice about killing Gale so that Walt could live, it was truly inspiring to see such comradery. Of course this resulted in Jesse having a very difficult time actually shooting Gale and dealing with his feelings afterwards about taking an innocent person’s life.

Jesse was in such visible, visceral anguish. Sure he had been tip toeing around this sketchy industry for years, but now his feet were firmly planted, steeped in blood. Luckily, Walt comes to his mental rescue, reassuring Jesse that had he not killed Gale, they would both be dead – which was true. We see Walt’s need for self preservation rear its head time after time, and it has essentially replaced his initial goal of leaving his family with enough money to live comfortably after his lung cancer most likely consumes him.

Season 4 sees the breakup of the partnership that Jessie and Walt have developed. Walt is instructed by Gus to work in the lab without his cooking partner, while Jesse goes on money pickups with Mike. Oh Mike, how we loved you. All business, no emotions – he’s who should have been the meth industry mastermind. The juxtaposition of a dead eye hit man and loving grandfather was fascinating.

Jesse grows bored riding shotgun for Mike, and you can tell that Gus is just trying to split Jesse and Walt up so that they don’t cause him anymore trouble. Mike’s basically Jesse’s babysitter, making sure he doesn’t slip back into old habits, and he proves to be very helpful when he saves Mike’s life during Gus’ own setup to make Jesse feel like he’s part of the crew again.

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All the while, Walt brews his 99.1% blue-gold in their eight-million dollar underground lab. Watching them produce 200 lbs of meth a week was exciting, yet frightening at the same time. Despite it taking place in a fictional world, it’s clear that there’s someone out there doing something like this in the real world, and that people are buying massive amounts of this poison.

As a new fan, I sometimes struggled with the illegal aspects of the show, but five seasons in it doesn’t bother me any longer. It’s a business, as Walt would say. Who’s to say that similar types of behavior doesn’t occur in “legal” businesses. While someone may not end up with their throat cut, can we truly say companies don’t constantly push out their competitors? I loved the parallels that Skyler witnessed between her squeaky clean employer cooking his books and her husband cooking his meth.

Another episode where I found myself literally yelling out loud was when Gus, Mike, and Jesse head down to Mexico where the cartel wants Jesse to stay and cook meth for them permanently. When Gus poisons essentially the entire cartel, along with himself, it was mind blowing. I saw those little brown pills he took prior to the meeting and knew Gustavo had a plan to get all three back home.

But what a way to slice the head off of an entire cartel. He kills the boss, and every captain at the party. I have to give it to Gus, he’s tougher than hell drinking his own poison for the good of his company. Jesse proves himself once again after Mike gets shot during their exit after he kills Hector Salamanca’s grandson. Taking them to the tent/hospital and seeing the doctors only focusing on Gus was oddly difficult to stomach.

This again reminds us that money is paramount in this cutthroat, illegal industry. Luckily, Gus gets back on his feet fairly quickly after appearing to get his stomach pumped and Mike gets a weeklong gutshot wound healing vacation in Gustavo’s makeshift hospital.

breaking bad rememberBy the end of season 4, Hank is just getting too close to Gus’ operation and Gustavo fires Walter, telling him he’ll murder his entire family if he warns Hank about the hit.

With help from the DEA, all enter into hiding except Walt and Jesse. Both knowing that they must now kill Gus to stay alive.

After Walter comes up with a master plan to assassinate Gus, I realized now who the real monster was.

It wasn’t Gus, despite him slicing his own men’s throats at will; it wasn’t Mike, who stalked people better than the DEA ever could, and it certainly wasn’t Jesse – it was Walt. He builds a pipe bomb and tests the detonator in his own house.

It’s just chemistry, right?

During one failed attempt at a parking garage where Gus pulls out some sixth-sense madness, he doesn’t get into his 10-year old Volvo which Walt’s pipe bomb was attached to.

Walt realizes he must go back to the drawing board. Finding out that former cartel enforcer Hector Salamanca is enemies with Gus, he realizes that this will be the perfect way to kill Gus. When Gus walked out of Hector’s room appearing unscatched, and we only see one side of him I yelled “No way!” Then the camera pans to the left, and we see Gus straightening his tie as half his face is blown off. It was truly one of television’s greatest holy shit moments.

Going into season 5, I felt the total shift that Walt had taken. He was no longer in the game just for the money, but the power that came along with being at the top of the industry.

This shows up the most when he and Mike have business discussions, where Walt is clearly upset with the way the money is being cut up – especially when Mike lets he and Jesse know they have to continue to pay off the 10 guys in jail so they won’t rat them out.

“Just because you shot Jesse James, don’t make you Jesse James.” – Mike

I knew it was only a matter of time before Walter killed Mike. And sure enough, once Mike gets in a major pinch with the DEA, Walt takes him out for a couple of names he realizes he could have easily gotten from Lydia.

While Jesse and Walt do a bit of cooking with their genius plan of using bug-infested homes as cooking stations, Jesse soon realizes he wants out of the game after the incredibly suspenseful train robbing situation occurs. This was possibly my favorite episode. The sheer amount of heart stopping moments that occurred while draining the train of its methylamine is more than you get in an entire series of any other TV show. And having that poor boy wave, I imagine we all jumped out of our skin at that exact moment when Todd pulls out his gun and shoots him instantly while Jesse yells “No!”

It was a sad time for me, seeing Jesse so upset and willing to leave Walt. But he had no choice, he couldn’t deal with the fact that his actions indirectly led to the death of a young boy. The show took a turn then, not wrong or right, but a turn that I imagine everyone could feel. The hilariously ironic partnership of student and teacher was no more and that changed the dynamic of the show.

When Walt is finally on his own, he asks Todd, one of the pesticide employees, to assist him in cooking and Walt makes a fortune. When Walt’s wife takes him into the storage locker with all of his money, my jaw dropped. Yes, it’s not real, but Walt’s entire success was tied up in that one scene. His wife, estranged, his multi-million dollar empire resting in a storage box, and he finally tells Skyler that he won’t cook any longer – as fans sigh, not quite sure how we feel about his departure from the industry. Maybe we’re just glad that our main characters are all still breathing at this point and not in any danger – yet.

The first half of season 5 ends with Hank finding the book that Gale had given to Walt as a present while he uses the restroom. Hank’s facial expression is enough to scare us back into that fear we thought we had seen the last of as he sees “To my other favorite W.W” on the inside of the first page. He’s realized that there’s a great possibility that Walt is his Heisenberg.


‘Breaking Bad’ season 5 part 2 predictions

We’ve seen that Walt purchases a massive gun in the flashforward where he’s turning 52, so there will undoubtedly be a shootout of epic proportions. Personally I believe this will be used to either get his family back from a kidnapping, or possibly Jesse. I don’t think it will be used to simply kill people, unless Walt goes completely nuts. Sure, he’s a child-poisoning meth manufacturer, but he’s not yet reached face-slapping, Tuco status either.

Hank won’t arrest Walt, but will confront him about the evidence he’s found linking him to his Heisenberg. I think this may be a turning point for Hank, he’ll have to make a major decision that will cause him to transform as Walt has. He’s always been such a straight arrow DEA agent, but he can’t turn Walt in because it would look just as bad for him if the DEA were to find out that Walt had been hiding right under his nose. Hank does have a difficult time keeping things to himself though, so it’s possible he may spill the beans to his wife or someone else.

Jesse will be forced to cook again. They’ve written him into essentially hating the industry now, and the best way to shock viewers would be to have Jesse weeping under his gas mask, while brewing Walt’s blue crystal. This is a stretch, but Jesse has to get back into the story somehow. Since Walt has told Skyler he’s quit, Lydia and Walt’s other distributors will need product, and it’s widely known that Jesse can cook using Walt’s method.

Despite being in remission, Walt’s cancer will rear its head again and cause Walt to “break bad.” This will give him the push he needs to go full scarface in Albuquerque. We already see that he’s let himself go a bit in the 52-year-old flashforward, and this most likely means he’s either in hiding (possible given his fake license) or has given up on his appearance due to the cancer wreaking havoc on his whole body, possibly affecting his brain (his most prized possession). This will allow the show to go full circle, seeing as the first episode exposed us to Walt’s incurable cancer and it should end with Walt again accepting his fate.

The show will end in the desert with quite a few dead bodies lying on the ground, with either Walt left alone with only his cancer, his family and Jesse dead, or everyone dead except for Hank. Hank will do his best to make it look as though his family was never involved in such heinous acts – attempting to salvage their memories despite their actions. The transformation which should be most interesting this season will be Hank’s, who was left with the most grave decision at the end of season 5.

If you haven’t had a taste of this show yet, I’d suggest doing so. I was apprehensive at first, but after watching these five seasons in just five days, I’ve clearly become a Breaking Bad addict, and I’ll be looking forward to each Sunday until the show’s finale. For those who are already fans, please tell us your season 6 predictions below. Breaking Bad season 6 premieres this Sunday, August 11.

Editor’s Note: Hypable is aware that technically this is Breaking Bad season 5 Part 2. We’ve found through search data that the majority of the show’s audience searches for news using season 6 in their search phrase, so we’ve decided to stick with that title until further notice. We do apologize for any inconveniences this may cause our readers.

The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

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The first full Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight and we once again got a great look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer is here, and it doesn’t disappoint! In what totally feels like a coming-of-age/high school flick (but with a Marvel twist!), Peter Parker decides he wants to grow up and fight like the Avengers. But is he ready? Maybe with a little help (and no hug) from Tony Stark, he will be.

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The main theme of Homecoming certainly seems to be Peter’s desire to prove that he’s a capable member of the Avengers team. If you remember in Civil War, Tony wouldn’t let him get too deep into the fight, for fear that he wasn’t ready. But Peter doesn’t want to be treated liked a kid.

Except he definitely is a kid, and it’s a nice break from the other Spider-Man movies we’ve seen so far, which depicted an older Peter Parker that never quite fit the high school vibe.

Tom Holland’s Peter is undoubted an awkward teenager, and the younger character lends itself to a lighter, more humorous tone for the movie. Marvel has always been good at balancing action and comedy in their movies, and Homecoming is already promising to be a fun romp.

We get a lot of great looks at other characters in this trailer, too, including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Donald Glover and Zendaya. Michael Keaton will be playing Vulture, and of course we also get Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

How cool was it to see Spidey swinging along next to Iron Man like an equal?

As is often the case for Marvel movies, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel debuted the trailer for Homecoming following pretty high expectations from fans. Did it live up to your hype?

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ hits theaters on July 7, 2017

All the errant observations this writer made while watching the first episode of Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Hi, my name is Selina. A year ago, I had never seen a single episode of Gilmore Girls.

But one of the bright spots of 2016, for me, was the decision we made on Hypable’s flagship podcast Hype when we found out that Netflix was reuniting the cast and crew for a series of revival episodes: We decided to watch and podcast about all seven seasons of the series in order to prepare for A Year in the Life, and we just made it!

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All the errant observations this writer made while watching the first episode of Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Hi, my name is Selina. A year ago, I had never seen a single episode of Gilmore Girls.

But one of the bright spots of 2016, for me, was the decision we made on Hypable’s flagship podcast Hype when we found out that Netflix was reuniting the cast and crew for a series of revival episodes: We decided to watch and podcast about all seven seasons of the series in order to prepare for A Year in the Life, and we just made it!

Now I’m watching the revival episodes, and believe it or not, but I’m still spoiler-free, having only watched and podcasted about “Winter” so far. You can listen to that discussion right here:

While I was watching the original run of Gilmore Girls, I would often take to Twitter to entertain/annoy (annoytertain?) my followers by sharing my immediate reactions to everything that happened. Obviously, that wouldn’t be very nice of me to do for “Winter,” since some fans might not have watched it yet, so I decided to save all my immediate reactions for later! And now is that later.

Here are all the 55 things I wanted to tweet during the first episode of the ‘Gilmore Girls‘ revival

  1. …Is Lorelai dead? What’s with this scary dark opening montage?
  2. WAIT, ARE THERE NO OPENING CREDITS? But I wanted to sing along! 😧
  3. Rory’s voice is different. I can’t really SEE that she’s gotten older, but I can hear it. Weird.
  4. Gilmore Girls Winter Miss Patty

  5. What’s with the creepy ballet music — is that Miss Patty?! 😯
  6. Does the out-of-focus ballet studio with the very dark interior represent death? Why do I keep thinking about death?
  7. Not gonna lie, I fully expected Dean to still be working in Doose’s market. It’s weird how everything feels exactly the same, except the characters have just aged 10 years overnight. Of course this might also be because I literally finished the original series a week ago.
  8. Hey! It’s Lane! …In Stars Hollow, which means she’s probably not a famous rock star like I’d hoped she would be. 😒
  9. “Ooooooooooober.” 😂 (Also, Kirk having a pet pig is the best thing that has ever happened to me.)
  10. You know… I was wondering if Paul Anka would still be alive. I’m glad he is.
  11. I’m also relieved Rory’s room is still her room. (Though I guess my theory about Lorelai and Luke already having a second kid was wrong.)
  12. Gilmore Girls Winter Paul

  13. …Wait, Paul? There’s a Paul now? Okay, #TeamPaul I guess.
  14. Ugh! Paul saying “I will follow” is just a sad reference to the missing opening credits. #TeamPaul is cancelled.
  15. Rory’s reaction to Paul saying they have a two-year anniversary is pretty awful. Stringing him on like that is just cruel. And buy some damn underwear wtf is wrong with you Rory.
  16. Happy sigh. I love how settled and content Luke and Lorelai are. (This revival better not break them up I stg.)
  17. “Do you think it’s because of grandpa?” 😢 I was wondering if they’d show the funeral, but I guess it’s been a little while.
  18. Gilmore Girls Winter fridge bow

  19. I really want that giant fridge bow.
  20. “People are dumb” would 100% be my LiveJournal signature if I still had a LiveJournal.
  21. Clearly, the only sensible way to deal with someone’s ridiculous “you need to control your woman”-comments is to throw bagels at them.
  22. OMG Paul! I totally DID forget about him just now — and then I forgot about him again when he went to the bathroom! This is brilliant.
  23. Michel having a husband is wonderful in its understated glory and I almost don’t want to say anything about it because it should just be a natural un-noteworthy thing. But it’s nice to (finally?!) see that non-straight sexualities exist inside the snow globe, as something other than the butt of a joke, so yay.
  24. I know Lorelai is acting out because she misses Sookie and all, but we’re 100% supposed to make the parallel between Lorelai’s attitude towards the auditioning chefs and Emily’s attitude towards her string of maids here, right?
  25. Revelation: Maybe Emily once had a maid friend like Sookie and she quit, and she’s been firing maids ever since cause it just was never the same? This is a prequel waiting to happen.
  26. Gilmore Girls Winter Kirk Oooooober

  27. Kirk singing in the car. Lorelai’s little smile. The water jug. Everything about this scene is my favorite. For some reason it feels like the revival didn’t really find itself until this moment — and it feels a little like home. I’m so happy I found this fandom.
  28. Confession: I didn’t realize Emily wasn’t speaking to Lorelai at all in this scene when I first watched it because I’m so used to Emily ignoring Lorelai’s quips and snapping at her.
  29. “This is what I want.” “I swear it can’t be!” Alright Lorelai. You know I’m team you always, but who cares if Emily made a mistake? Back off, the painting isn’t even that big.
  30. Oh, so they are showing the funeral. I wasn’t prepared for this. 😢
  31. The juxtaposition of Emily alone and Rory/Lorelai together says so much about the show. Also the camera pan ending on Lorelai just hammers home that at the end of the day, she’s the show’s central POV character. Am I wrong?
  32. Well, Digger must be Paul’s dad cause I totally forgot he existed, too. Oops.
  33. I bet his dog didn’t live to see the revival, what with being confined to a life staring into a wall and all. #stillmadaboutit
  34. I always loved Luke, but nervous house fixing in this scene just makes me love him even more.
  35. What is with this maid storyline? We really should have moved beyond pulling stereotypes for laughs like this, Gilmore Girls.
  36. Gilmore Girls Winter Emily Lorelai hug

  37. This might be the closest we’ve ever gotten to an Emily/Lorelai hug…? And it’s so sad cause of what is probably gonna happen next.
  38. …Oh, Lorelai. On one hand, it would be nice for her to take the high ground in this scene and swallow her own feelings to give Emily a nice moment. On the other, I totally get it. Lorelai just lost her father, and she’s feeling a wealth of conflicting emotions, all heightened by her being drunk and tired. One of my favorite things about the show is that it allows its characters to be flawed — their flaws are not traits they need to atone for, but just part of what makes them complex humans. And I actually loved that she did the ‘wrong’ thing here. Because sometimes, people say crap they shouldn’t say and immediately regret it afterwards. That’s life.
  39. “What did you mean to do, Lorelai, break my heart in public?” speaks volumes about Emily’s egocentric personality. It’s not only about your pain, have some compassion.
  40. Gilmore Girls Winter Emily

  41. “I just lost my husband.” “I just lost my father!” “And you couldn’t care less.” Wow. Just wow, Emily. Yes, both Lorelai and Emily are hurting and both of them are clearly in the wrong here… But if you’re making the argument that Emily can’t be expected to act rationally in this situation, you have to make the same allowance for Lorelai. To me, the difference is that Lorelai immediately is sorry for hurting Emily, and actually acknowledges her mother’s pain, whereas Emily completely dismisses the validity of Lorelai’s perspective, and eviscerates her completely without remorse. Just like always. 😐 #fightme #nodontfightme #thisisjusthowIfeelaboutit
  42. So anyway… does the ambiance foley feel too loud to anyone else?
  43. Note to self: “That’s the kid” is not a great way of telling someone you want to have a kid with them.
  44. Is having a kid at 48 too late? Of course not! Plenty of men have kids at that stage in their lives so women should, too. As long as Lorelai doesn’t want a kid just because she thinks Luke wants one, this would be great!
  45. Gilmore Girls Winter Paris

  46. lol Paris, it’s pretty rich to condemn studying Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s effect on the feminist agenda considering you literally married bizarro!verse Jonathan.
  47. Would Neil Patrick Harris be okay with children that didn’t look good on camera? I mean, it’d really ruin his Halloween photo op tradition.
  48. RIVER SONG! No one told me River Song was in this! She’s even stealing food from the “darling Doctor,” you guys.
  49. Gilmore Girls Winter Logan

  50. Ooh who’s Rory talking to? Ugh, it’s Logan isn’t it? I was hoping it’d be Jess or Dean, that would have been a way more fun surprise.
  51. Don’t get me wrong, Logan is fine, but I’m beginning to feel like Rory hasn’t evolved at all in the past 10 years and this just adds to that weirdness.
  52. “There are two arm-wrestling breeders here” is an amazing out-of-context quote.
  53. Taylor’s devotion to Stars Hollow and his rant in the diner made me realize that I really haven’t appreciated him enough. 💙 And I think Luke realized the same thing. That scene was very cute!
  54. Is that lady singing on the street someone I should know?
  55. Gilmore Girls Winter Zack

  56. Zack has a whole Doc Brown from Back to the Future thing going on these days, huh?
  57. Okay so Hep Alien is NOT a superfamous rock band, which makes me sad. On the other hand, it’s wonderful to see them still going strong!
  58. Hmmmmm Rory isn’t telling Lorelai about Logan. Is she embarrassed?
  59. To be honest, I haven’t been a Gilmore Girls fan for long enough to truly appreciate the magnitude of Emily wearing jeans.
  60. I appreciate Lorelai saying “nothing is gonna bring you joy right now” and wanting her to not make decisions right now based on her current emotional state, because it’s just really useful bereavement advice.
  61. Oh Emily, why you gotta throw another dig at Lorelai about the validity of her and Luke’s relationship and prove my point further? I really want to understand why everyone seems to love you.
  62. So, I’m not sure how to feel about the surrogate situation right now. It feels like Lorelai actually DOES want a kid and is sad it’s not happening? Will it happen? I guess this a mystery that “Spring” will have to clear up for me.
  63. It makes me so sad that Lorelai is so happy and grateful for Emily saying thank you… and then Emily is just conning her into therapy sessions. #EmilyWhy
  64. Cute ending song, but WHERE IS MY THEME MUSIC? Oh well, maybe next season!

Follow Hype Podcast on Twitter to catch our discussion of episode 2, “Spring,” and read Hypable’s full Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life review.

What did you think about the first ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival episode?

Robbie Reyes met an unexpected fate in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×08, and the cast and crew weigh in on what’s next for Ghost Rider.

Robbie’s decision to take out Eli Morrow in an act of self-sacrifice has left fans (and characters) wondering if Ghost Rider still has a future on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon were classically noncommittal — but their answer definitely gives fans something to think about.

“We get the sense that some of these otherworldly elements might be coming from this other place, wherever that may be,” Whedon says, citing Doctor Strange’s Dark Dimension.

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Robbie Reyes met an unexpected fate in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×08, and the cast and crew weigh in on what’s next for Ghost Rider.

Robbie’s decision to take out Eli Morrow in an act of self-sacrifice has left fans (and characters) wondering if Ghost Rider still has a future on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon were classically noncommittal — but their answer definitely gives fans something to think about.

“We get the sense that some of these otherworldly elements might be coming from this other place, wherever that may be,” Whedon says, citing Doctor Strange’s Dark Dimension.

“We do get the sense that things can come from there, things live there. [Robbie has] been dragged to that place, wherever that is. What happens to him there or where that goes is a ‘wait and see.'”

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Tancharoen adds that, though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will move into a new “pod” of story when the show returns in January, “That doesn’t mean that [Robbie] is gone.”

“Or that he will not be involved at some point,” Whedon says. “But it will definitely have a different feel.”

As for Gabriel Luna, the actor who brought Robbie and Ghost Rider to blazing life is optimistic about his character’s future.

“I’m not too worried about it being finite at this point,” he tells EW.

After all, he and Robbie still have a few loose ends to tie up. “My car is still parked on the cargo bay on the Zephyr, so I have to come back for that,” Luna says. “I’m not going to leave her in the hands of these jokers.”

And though his character was left on an emphatic question mark, Luna appreciates the culmination of Robbie’s story.

“He makes a really great heroic choice, and he makes it while in a form that usually has all the power,” he says. “So that’s really, really cool. I’m really excited to see how that plays out. It’s a first for us, in terms of story, actually seeing a decision being made while Robbie isn’t Robbie. That is pretty special.”

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Luna is also looking forward to seeing the impact of Robbie’s apparent disappearance on Daisy Johnson.

“She seems to lose a lot of people,” he observes. “Even though we just met, we built this understanding between each other because of similarities in our lives, and we leave her in a moment of questioning and of hoping that this isn’t the end for Robbie.”

And the actor, like Daisy, and like all good constituents of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has faith in a certain former Director.

“Agent Phil Coulson comes in and drops knowledge like a clumsy librarian, as he tends to do, and lifts her spirits and says to her, ‘I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of him,'” Luna says. “So that’s a good sign for everyone who loves the Ghost Rider.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Jan. 10, 2017.

What do you think of Ghost Rider’s fate on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’?