Gus Fring is dead. The operation is in complete tatters and Walter White is on top of the world. Until the first scene of this series of course. Walter White is a very different man; desperate and on the run. With long hair and tattered clothes, he’s evading the police and everything has imploded in his face.
This ultimately sets the mood and tone for the final season. We know Walter is going to be caught but now it’s a matter of how and when. This brings about a very different sort of atmosphere, one that feels much more urgent and desperate compared to season 2’s pink teddy and ensuing plane crash which foreshadowed a future outcome.