Although the merrily twisted pranksters who write Breaking Bad (Vince Gilligan, George Mastras, Moira Walley-Beckett and the rest) take pains to remind us that Walt White (Bryan Cranston) started cooking meth in the first place because he was diagnosed with cancer and wanted to provide for his family should he succumb, it’s easy to forget that he could still conceivably lose his battle with the disease. So the ultimate, critical question about Season 5 boils down to three simple words: Will Walt die? Of course, in light of the company he now keeps, metastasizing cells might be the least of Mr. White’s worries. He could, one suspects, just as easily be garroted, poisoned, buried alive, burned to a cinder, thrown off a roof, blown up, run over, gunned down, shanked, drowned, bludgeoned, stuffed in a man-size burlap sack positively seething with (in all likelihood meth-crazed) rattlesnakes or simply slowly dissolved in a bath of sulfuric acid. And those are just the ways that his friends might kill him. His enemies would no doubt be far more vicious.