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David Fincher Found His (Gone) Girl

Published September 30, 2013 by gossipzoo

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It looks like Rosamund Pike will be starring opposite Ben Affleck in the highly anticipated Gone Girl. The Hollywood Reporter reports that director David Fincher has offered the role of Amy Dunne to Pike and that she is expected to accept. This news puts to rest weeks of speculation about who would bring Amazing Amy to the big screen.

Pike recently starred in Jack Reacher alongside Tom Cruise. She’s also known for playing Jane Bennet in Pride & Prejudice as well as Miranda Frost in Die Another Day, the Bond girl who wasn’t Halle Berry. She also recently filmed A Long Way Down with Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette.

The role of Amy Dunne was highly sought after, with Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt all rumored to have been in consideration for the role several months ago. Gone Girl is based on the book by Gillian Flynn that spent eight weeks atop the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list last summer. It is also almost impossible to describe the plot without spoiling it. Suffice it to say, Gone Girl is a mystery thriller and it’s f**king fantastic.

THR also reports that Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being considered for supporting roles, though it beats the hell out of me which roles they’re being considered for. However, I’m still holding out hope for that Maura Tierney as Go rumor I started.

Kate Upton Pulls a Kate Upton by Tweeting Another Bikini Photo

Published September 30, 2013 by gossipzoo

It’s not as easy as it looks being a two-time Sports Illustrated covergirl. So claims Kate Upton, anyway.

The 21-year-old model tweeted a bikini pic from the Bahamas on Tuesday with the caption, “Rough life.” The buxom blonde wears a sly smile in the photo along with a white plunging halter top from Chrissy Tiegen’s bridal swimwear line, Beach Bunny. (Yep.)

Upton is currently in Nassau filming scenes for the comedy The Other Woman with costars Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. The movie, set to be released in April 2014, also stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Kinney.

We can’t imagine the stress of jetting off to Caribbean islands, frolicking in the surf on set and maintaining the perfect bikini bod. Nope, can’t imagine that at all.

Kate, if the life of a supermodel gets to be too much, I’m sure one of your one-million-plus followers would be more than willing to take the weight off your chest – er, shoulders. Yes. Shoulders.

Selena Gomez, Mel B, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (and Breckin Meyer) Lead Today’s Star Sightings

Published September 29, 2013 by gossipzoo

From New York to Tinseltown, the past 24 hours have been jam packed with celebrity sightings.

Selena Gomez stepped out in a cropped top and short shorts as she greeted fans outside her hotel in New York City. The “Come & Get It” singer, who recently turned the big 2-1, is scheduled to hit the road next month for her highly anticipated Stars Dance tour.

Elsewhere in the Big Apple, Mel B was spotted in head-to-toe blue as she attended a photo call for America’s Got Talent on top of the Empire State Building. The day before, the 38-year-old joined fellow judges Heidi Klum, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel at Radio City Music Hall for a post-show event.

On the west coast, Mark-Paul Gosselaar made everyone’s hearts swoon as he hit the red carpet for TNT’s 25th Anniversary Party with his Franklin & Bash co-star Brecken Meyer. The legal comedy-drama series will wrap its third season in August.

In other star sightings, Nicole Richie continued to bask in vacation sunshine in St. Tropez, Jennifer Aniston reported for another day of work on the set of Squirrels to the Nuts while Armie Hammer suited up for the Paris premiere of The Lone Ranger.

For even more star sightings, launch the gallery, above.






Miley Cyrus Shows Off Her Grills On Harper’s Bazaar’s The Look

Published September 29, 2013 by gossipzoo

Miley Cyrus talks about her style on Harper's Bazaar The Look

Miley Cyrus is a serious fan of grills. So much so that she carries not one around in her purse, but three!

The 20-year-old performer recently sat down on Harper’s Bazaar’s The Look to discuss her outrageous fashion sense, including her love of blinged out dental accessories.

Miley talked to executive editor Laura Brown about her evolving style, explaining, “It’s kind of just been like an organic thing. As I take more control of my life, people are following that and I think people are inspired to see someone young and taking control of what they know that they like. And I think people are wanting to see more of that right now or wanting to see someone with a real clear vision of what they are.”

Brown went on to show Cyrus a photo of her last Harper’s Bazaar shoot, where a long-haired, 17-year-old Miley is seen rocking a much softer look, carrying a guitar in a field. “That’s my Nashville life. That’s my simple life,” Miley remarks.

The singer also talked about her ultimate style icons, saying, “I’ve been obsessed with the Olsen twins since I was five.”

As for what she “can’t stop” at the moment? “I should probably stop eating the way I’ve been eating the past few weeks, because usually I’m real healthy,” she says. The young star went on to admit she’s been craving “Philly cheesesteaks.”

Miley also gave Harper’s Bazaar a peek inside her purse, revealing that she carries three grills around, including her “chic” one and her “chill” one. Ah, to have a grill for any occasion.

Watch Miley talk style, grills, her famous haircut and more in the fun video, above.

Kick-Ass 2: 10 Things You Might Have Missed

Published September 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

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The first Kick-Ass acted as a Watchmen-esque deconstruction of superhero movies, looking a the real life implications of what being a masked avenger actually were, but all the while with a gleeful, blood-splattered grin on its face. There’s a lot of gore in the film’s recently released sequel, but instead of a grin Kick-Ass 2 has more of a leer.

It’s not a bad film. It’s just that it feels simultaneously less indie and more overt in its aim to shock; the fighting is violent, but it’s either bloody for the sake of it or just too unrealistic. When skirting with the themes and tone of the first we get a taste of brilliance, but all too often it’s at a superficial level. The film seems to misunderstand what was so enticing about the original. It wasn’t gore that made the first so awesome, but Jane Goodman’s writing. Here the quality of the script seems to have been a second concern to shoehorning offensive phrases in. Which is funny, but lightweight.

In the end though, it’s only a comparative failure; a fine film on its own but empty when compared to the daring Kick-Ass itself. The main problem seems to be director Jeff Wadlow. The man behind Never Back Down was never going to match up to Matthew Vaughn, but it seems he tried. There’s some great moments – Chris using his mother’s bondage clothing for his costume, Mindy pausing when a muscled Dave takes his shirt off – but they’re bogged down by a nasty spirit.

What Kick-Ass 2 isn’t bogged down by is its in-jokes. Not that there aren’t plenty, but Wadlow manages to sneak them in conspicuously enough that they don’t distract you from the story. That means many are hard to spot, but don’t worry, because today I’ve brought together ten of the biggest things in Kick-Ass 2 you probably didn’t catch the first time around. Some are so awesome they actually help make up for the lacklustre film.

A SPOILER WARNING is obviously in effect.

Honourable Mention – Union J Aren’t A Joke

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I’ve never seen the X Factor and had never heard of Union J before, so assumed their appearance in the film was a simple parody of One Direction type boy bands. Turns out they’re not, which makes me question what is worse; me not knowing the semi-finalists of a TV talent show or a supposedly subversive movie giving prolonged screen time to a popular boy band.

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Batman Fans Rage Against Ben Affleck Casting

Published September 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

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I recently wrote about ten moments that gave fanboys a bad name. Well now I’d like to add a belated eleventh spot to that list because the Batman fans are at it again, thanks to the latest announcement about the impending reboot of the character

On the 23rd of August, it was announced that Ben Affleck (Director of Argo and co-writer of Good Will Hunting) has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman crossover film. But it seems that, amongst comic book fans, Affleck’s performance in the poorly received Daredevil film of 2003 is still lingering over his career because it’s safe to say that this casting decision has gone down well as a plate of veal chops at a PETA rally.

As you’d expect, the fan rage has erupted in the more predictable ways such as Facebook groups, YouTube videos, and angry forum posts; but the Affleck casting has caused some fans to go beyond standard futile anger and to start actively trying to convince Warner Bros to recast the role by introducing petitions into the mix. Which will make about as much difference as trying to change the course of a missile by shooting at it with an air rifle.

A fan named John Roden from Ludlow, Kentucky has started a petition on change.org demanding that Warner Bros recast the role which, at the time of writing, has over 22,000 signatures. Change.org is a website that was created to draw attention to serious issues like Russia’s institutionalised homophobia and other injustices. Not for fanboys to rant about a casting decision they disapprove of before the film is even made.

But most astounding of all is that somebody tried to petition the White House to intervene and make it illegal for Ben Affleck to play the Caped Crusader or any other superhero for the next 200 years. That petition has since been removed thanks to a much welcomed attack of sanity from the White House website’s managers. A large part of me thinks (and hopes for that matter) that this particular petition might have been a parody but I wouldn’t put it past at least one person to make such a petition sincerely.

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But this isn’t exactly a new phenomenon since petitions were circulated in the late 1980s after Michael Keaton was cast in the role for Tim Burton’s Batman film, and there was significant grumbling from fans decades later when the late Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Both of whom went on to be very well received after the angry fans paused for breath and actually watched them play the characters. And it’s highly likely that this will be the same for Ben Affleck. Good luck to him and I hope that he proves the doubters wrong.

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8 Legendary Films That Were Rediscovered Years After They Were Lost

Published September 27, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Before the internet gave us the opportunity to upload everything from Tarkovsky’s filmography to hilarious cat videos for electronic posterity, a film, if not properly cared for, ran the risk of deteriorating on its film stock or, even worse, being lost. Film preservation did not become a priority for cinephiles until the ’80s and by then over 90% of American silent films and 50% of sound films made before 1950 were lost completely.

Institutions like the United States’ National Film Registry, which preserved for posterity films they deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”, and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, an institution whose mission is to preserve rare films from around the world, try to prevent films from being lost to time.

Film historians and enthusiasts are on a constant quest to rediscover the world’s lost cinematic heritage. Sometimes their hard work yields spectacular results and they unearth long forgotten artifacts from the past, or, sometimes blind luck intervenes and a film or lost footage from one of our favorite movies is miraculously saved from eternal obscurity. I present to you a list of 8 such films, films that were waiting to be discovered like the mythical unicorn: 8 legendary films rediscovered years after they were lost…

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10 Greatest Role-Playing Games Of The Last Ten Years

Published September 27, 2013 by gossipzoo

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There are so many different types of video games and everyone has their favorite, but who doesn’t love a great role-playing game? Don’t worry – that’s a rhetorical question. The answer is everyone! Whether you like to power through the story mode, take your time and do all the side quests, or just like to play online, RPG’s offer the best of all worlds. Video games in general have become revolutionary over the past 10 years, and will only continue to get better.

There’s many qualifications that make up a great RPG and all of the following games have it. The “it” factor a video game needs in order for it to be memorable, entertaining and innovative. Every game on this list offers something different, and they’re all impressive in their own ways. If you have a lot of down time, I’d definitely recommend playing all of them. So without further ado, here are the top 10 role-playing games released over the last ten years…

10. Fable

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The original Fable came out in 2004 and was immediately acclaimed by both fans and critics alike. Fable takes you on a journey from childhood to adulthood, with each one of your actions having consequences on the game world at large – all whilst building your reputation as either a hero or villain, depending on your choices.

What sets it apart are its subtle yet very welcomed differences. Based on your characters looks, the people around you will act differently – not to mention that you’ll age throughout the game. It was an amazing concept at the time. However, just like the Mass Effect series, your decisions have very little outcome by the game’s end. Based on your decisions throughout, the ending could feature different cut scenes but it won’t modify the story as much as you hope.

As you continue to play, you’ll gain XP and build your character into an awesome killing machine, which makes for some great fighting sequences. Fable’s a long journey that keeps you excited throughout. Now, it may be almost 10 years old but it’s definitely a game worth checking out. If you plan on taking on the challenge, I’d recommend calling in sick for a few days – if you’re a completionist like me, the game will take you around 40 hours to complete. Good luck.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe: 10 Characters That Should Get Their Own ‘One Shots’

Published September 25, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Marvel Studios has enjoyed an unprecedented amount of success since the release of Iron Man in 2008, which smartly launched a shared cinematic universe that other studios are racing to compete with. One of the keys to Marvel’s success is their unwavering excitement and trust in the vast catalog of characters at their disposal. Other studios, such as Warner Bros/DC, are hesitant about greenlighting projects involving second (or even third) tier characters in their library, and have dedicated most of their time to heroes they’ve had success with in the past. Marvel, on the other hand, doesn’t have any reservations about trying new things, introducing characters that general audiences aren’t familiar with, and finding new and exciting ways to bring them to life on screen.

One of the most interesting ways they’ve done this is with short films, called “One Shots,” that are available to those who buy their films on Blu Ray on DVD. We’ve seen four One Shots released so far: The Consultant (released with Thor), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (Captain America: The First Avenger), Item 47 (The Avengers), and Agent Carter (to be released with Iron Man 3 on Sept. 24). The first two featured Agent Coulson in “day in the life” type situations, Item 47 featured two average people finding an alien weapon left behind in the Battle of New York, and Agent Carter features Captain America’s love interest a year after the events of The First Avenger, as she looks into the mysterious Zodiac.

Each short film is getting a little more ambitious in its approach, slowly fleshing out the Marvel universe and introducing stories and characters that just can’t fit into feature films. The One Shots also present an interesting opportunity for Marvel to test the waters of future characters, to see how general audiences may respond to them, before taking the risk of greenlighting a feature film. Though it’s something the company hasn’t done yet, it’s definitely on their minds and the door for it is open.

Marvel Co-President Louis D’Esposito recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, and discussed the challenges the studio faces with devoting One Shots to characters that may become a larger part of the universe later:

“I’ve been asked many times too, would you introduce new characters? That even proves to be very difficult, just from a cost perspective. What does the costume look like? Who is the actor playing it? A lot of R&D goes into it. We have a great concept department here, a visual development department, and it takes time.”

Despite D’Esposito’s reservations, I thought now would be as good a time as any to take a look at Marvel’s catalog and pick 10 characters that could make for awesome additions to the One Shot family and be featured in a short film of their own…

Note: When choosing characters for this list, I relied on those that would be a good fit for the universe they’ve created, and tried to find characters that would fit well into the fold.

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Breaking Bad 5.11, Confessions Review

Published September 25, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

For an episode titled Confessions, the characters on this week’s Breaking Bad stay relatively clammed up. At this point, everyone in the show except for Holly is guilty of something, but nothing you thought would be revealed this week is.

Hank tells no one at the DEA about his knowledge of Walter’s illegal activities and Jesse gives Hank no information to help his investigation. When Walt sits down with Junior for what seems like it might be a talk about his criminal activities, he tells him instead that his cancer’s returned in a successful ploy to keep him from talking to Marie. And maybe most revealing of all of this non-confessional theme is the opening teaser in which Todd tells his uncle about Heisenberg’s great train robbery while leaving out the part where he murders a 13-year-old kid, describing the heist as perfect and witness-free.

But the episode isn’t without its profound revelations for some characters. Despite its inconsistent presentation, Confessions does more to move the story along than last week’s Buried. Now, Hank has a genuine obstacle in his investigation of Walt. We know Todd and his gang are moving into New Mexico with the huge tank of methylamine (which is being pulled along the highway in plain view). Most importantly of all, Jesse’s allegiances are totally up in the air. He is officially out of Camp Heisenberg.

The way things are shaking out, the principle actors – Hank, Jesse, Saul, Walt, and Todd – are not neatly filing into alliances for a final showdown. They have all become independent movers with loyalties all their own.

Unfortunately, the episode is quite a bit weaker than the first two of the season. It is weaker right from the start. While the opening teaser with Todd’s gang is fine, if a little overlong, Hank and Jesse’s conversation is nowhere near as dramatic as last week’s cliffhanger teased. All the scene ends up establishing is that Jesse knows that Hank knows. They make no deal and the whole interview is interrupted by Saul’s entrance after only a couple minutes. There are consequences to the conversation, but they come much later. Obviously the show’s writers are under no obligation to meet audience expectations, but my disappointment at the anticlimactic scene is hard to suppress.

Part of what makes Confessions weak is the more far-fetched plot threads. Last week I mentioned that the show is typically very good at justifying its characters’ actions, and last week’s episode held true to that principle. Confessions falls somewhat short of that standard.

For one thing, Hank seems to know a little more than he should in the scene with Jesse. While he knew of Jesse’s connections to both Walt and Heisenberg before he even knew Heisenberg and Walt were one and the same, his assumption that they’re partners is both a little presumptuous and a betrayal of a belief expressed by Hank earlier in the series that Jesse was not likely a major player in the Heisenberg operation. Of course, finding the kid with millions of dollars changes that assumption. But he also seems to understand that Walt and Jesse are having a little “trouble in paradise.” Hank is a very good cop with excellent intuition, so it’s not out of reach for him to draw these conclusions; he just moved to them a little quicker than the show usually depicts, apparently putting it all together in the few minutes it took him to drive to APD and almost perfectly deducing the exact nature of Walt and Jesse’s relationship.

I’m also not especially impressed by how Jesse came upon his very important revelation. The whole thing with Huell stealing Jesse’s dope felt a little contrived. Jesse’s behavior in Saul’s office is bizarre. The gravity of what he’s about to embark on seems to be setting on Jesse as he prepares to meet Saul’s vanisher, so why he wants to hold onto a little bag of weed in the first place is hard to understand. I know he’s a loose cannon and that placing more emphasis on his drug habit is an attempt to highlight that, but it still seems a stretch. Huell is also tough to imagine as a master pickpocket; call me a skeptic. It’s all just too convenient and too obvious of a plot device to take seriously. The way Jesse stands by the side of the road and suddenly knows for sure because his weed is missing is even thinner than the Leaves of Grass book Hank found.

But how he found out matters less than that he did find out. Jesse knows now that Saul, on Walt’s orders, had Huell steal the ricin cigarette from Jesse’s pack so Walt could poison Brock and blame it on Gus. Before finding out, though, Jesse meets Walt in the desert to discuss options for how to navigate Hank’s investigation. Jesse’s been onto Walt’s game for several episodes now and calls him out for “working” him. This scene, in which Jesse pleads with Walt to be direct and upfront, culminates with one of the most bizarre hugs I’ve ever seen.

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In my review of Blood Money I pointed out that Walt has been treating Jesse the same way he did Skyler throughout the first half of the fifth season. He treats both Jesse and Skyler as though their loyalty is a given; he affectionately embraces them even as they’re telling him what a monster he is and how he’s made their lives a living hell. But Jesse is not Walt’s spouse. He’s seen up-close what the man is really capable of. Even after Walt begs for Jesse’s trust, Jesse remains convinced – correctly – that Walt killed Mike. Walt can’t hold Jesse hostage the way he can Skyler.

What’s interesting about the scene is that Walt really seems to care about Jesse. Obviously, his suggestion that Jesse leave town is to suit his own purposes. But murder has never been off Heisenberg’s list of options. He needs to tie up the Jesse loose end and would rather do it non-lethally. It’s small consolation, but it’s a sign that for Walt, Jesse, like Hank, is off-limits. The desert tarantula crawling around is certainly an homage to the tarantula from the train heist episode, in which a 13-year-old boy is shot, but it won’t be possible to interpret its symbolism until we find out what Walt and Jesse are going to do with one another.

One of my favorite moments from the episode is its other very important revelation. Namely, Hank finds out for the first time that Walt paid for his medical treatments after the cartel’s attempted assassination. While I think Walt’s gambit with the phony confession is a little farfetched and probably a bad idea, using the fact that he’s given Hank nearly $200,000 against him is brilliant. This scene illustrates for me the true genius of the show’s writing. People often assume the entire show is figured out and elaborately schemed from the very beginning. On the contrary, the writers just have incredibly good memories. They live and breathe in this universe. Events unfold in a way that is not spectacularly coincidental but an organic progression. The Whites paying for Hank’s medical bills seemed so insignificant before; now it’s absolutely crucial.

The scene at the taquer a where Walt hands Hank the phony confession is unusual for the show. It seems straight out of a 90s sitcom; never before has there been so many extras doing something so normal as eating in a lively restaurant. Any time there are a large number of people assembled on the show, it’s usually an awkward party, a bunch of criminals, or a roomful of cancer patients. Thanks to the waiter, the incredibly tense scene tries to also be most of the episode’s comic relief. It doesn’t really work.

Breaking Bad is normally very good at making the audience feel what the characters are feeling. Often, everything in a scene builds to a similar emotion. If someone is about to commit a murder, there will be tension and dark lighting and moody music. Instead of that, Confessions is filled with tonal dissonance, not the least example of which is the taquer a scene. Elsewhere, though, the show is more successful. When Skyler is concerned about their phony confession and Walt tells her, “We’re fine,” the lighting is such that he is almost completely hidden by darkness. Clearly, they are not fine.

By now, the show has several new meme-worthy tropes to go along with Junior’s love of breakfast. Hank does entirely too much whispering, particularly in the first scene with Jesse. It reminds me of last week’s hard-to-understand scene with Walt and Skyler in the bathroom. I had to rewind the episode to watch several of Hank’s lines multiple times so I could hear what he’s saying. Enough already with the whispering; I recognize that people do whisper and much of the dialogue is not the kind of thing anyone would scream, but it’s frustrating to have the volume turned all the way up and still not be able to understand a word. Additionally, every phone conversation with Walt and Saul seems to just be Walt saying, “Saul, listen… Saul, just stop… Saul, listen to me… shut up… I’ll be there… Saul!” Either Saul needs to learn to stop interrupting or Walt needs to learn to listen.

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Like Buried, Confessions ultimately felt too short. Both episodes ended right as they started to pick up steam, right as they seemed to be setting up a wow moment. In this case, Confessions ends with Jesse dousing the White home with gasoline after beating a confession out of Saul and Walt on his way – with a gun – to intercept him.

What helped make Blood Money such a strong episode was that we got to see Walt and Hank’s dialogue. If it had ended instead with Hank’s garage door closing, it might not have been nearly as satisfying. Given the anticlimactic resolution to last week’s cliffhanger, I’m a little nervous about how this week’s cliffhanger will pan out. Will Walt get to his home in time? Will he kill Jesse? Is Walt Jr. in his room listening to his headphones oblivious to what’s going on in the living room?

Most importantly, why can’t I know the answers to these questions this week instead of having to wait until next? This isn’t an idle gripe; my favorite episodes of Breaking Bad are those with self-contained stories. They give you a chance to reflect on what just happened in addition to wondering what will happen next. Almost every episode ends on some kind of cliffhanger, but the last two episodes ended with an unfinished scene.

Still, frustrating as it is, I know I’ll be back to see how things shake down with Walt and Jesse. Breaking Bad is good enough at subverting audience expectations that Walt’s revolver might not even be meant for Jesse. I don’t know who else it’d be meant for, but I believe Walt wanted things to end peacefully with Jesse when they met in the desert. We’ve known for more than a year that the show is heading to Heisenberg on the run. It could be that Jesse is one match away – or Walt one bullet away – from setting that scenario in motion.

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