Vince Gilligan does not lie: "Ozymandias" is the series' best episode ever. All of Walter White's toxic scheming and ballooning hubris crescendo to this relentlessly intense, devastatingly harrowing hour that opens with Hank's tragic, inevitable murder in the desert and a spiteful Walt, having lost nearly all his millions to Jack's Nazi crew, telling Jesse that he had watched Jane die. Like the ruined statue of a fallen, boastful king in the Shelley poem from which the episode takes its name, Walt's empire and life crumble, as Walt Jr. learns the truth and a knife fight with Skyler ends with Walt temporarily kidnapping baby Holly. But the episode's crowning moment comes from that riveting phone call. Having always been eager to play the hero, Walt does so as the antihero to exonerate his wife, going full Heisenberg on Skyler, railing against her with such venom and tears — yet another astonishing performance from Bryan Cranston — that expertly blurs the line between his two personas. We will all look on this work and despair.