August 04, 2013 9:00am PT by Aaron Couch
'Breaking Bad' Finale: 5 Ways to Prepare for the End
Breaking Bad is now just one week away from debuting the first of its final eight episodes.
It can be hard to keep track of all the fortunes won and lost, alliances made and broken, and breakfasts scarfed down around the Whites' kitchen table. But don't worry: We've got you covered. Here are five ways to prepare for the end while refreshing your memory on what's happened so far.
Fan-made site Betting Bad is like March Madness bracket on steroids, allowing Breaking Bad addicts to gamble (for points, not money!) on how the final eight episodes will pan out. Will Jesse die in episode 7? Will Walt Jr. be put in Witness Protection? Each category awards varying amounts of points depending on how risky the organizers think the bet is. The site's organizers say they will post rankings every week.
The team also put out a fantastic nine-minute summary of the series, which quickly went viral.
Breaking Bad: Alchemy
The literary-inclined Breaking Bad fan may want to brush up on Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, but a more scintillating option may be the iBook Breaking Bad: Alchemy. The touch book acts as a catch-up vehicle for fans and includes guides to the music, interactive quizzes and character biographies, exclusive interviews and set tours.
MythBusters Breaks Bad
Could Walter best Tuco with a bag of mercury fulminate? Would Jesse's house really be ruined by hydrofluoric acid? On Aug. 12, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul step into the MythBusters world and allow the Discovery Channel team take them on. See a preview for the episode below.
The Idiot's Guide to Breaking Bad
The team at ScreenJunkies has put together an eight-minute refresher course chronicling the five seasons so far.
One unconventional way to refresh your memory is to relive the series through its little moments. Below are supercuts of Jesse (Aaron Paul) saying the word "bitch" and Walter freaking out at him.
Say My Name
It's too late to secure a guest-starring spot on the show, but you can still see what your name would look like in the Periodic Table-style credits, thanks to AMC's Name Lab.
Breaking Bad returns Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.