probably my favorite season of the series through the 4th. things with tuco really heat up and jesse and walt are forced to grow even closer, while also getting more tense. walt is forced into lies that grow increasingly deep and convoluted. the blackout lie and getting close to hank finding out about everything when he is at tuco’s really stretch the limits of walt’s imagination and resourcefulness. there’s also still a good amount of science in this season and i found that that fades as the series progresses.
this season shows the highs and lows of the business as well as any other and does so while maintaining believe-ability. after all that jesse and walt go through with tuco they’re still broke. it’s the classic case of having to go deeper or dropping out completely. they choose to go deeper. saul’s character is introduced (my favorite outside of jesse/walt) and they go from rags to riches after finding gus.
there are a lot of professional changes as well. hank moves up in the dea and there’s a life changing event there. walt has trouble at work. jesse realizes he can’t break into normal society. skyler gets a job and drama emerges there.
we also see jesse continue to evolve. his run-in with the meth heads and their son is a highlight. unfortunately as jesse seems to be getting better femme fatale jane takes a turn and they drag each other down the drug rabbit hole. jesse is too much of a follower for his own good. walt turns a major corner in the second half of the season culminating with him allowing jane to die in front of him.