It features Bryan Cranston reciting a classic sonnet about the decline of leaders and their empires

An intriguing teaser for the final run of Breaking Bad episodes has been released. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch it.

The one-minute clip mixes panoramic footage of the New Mexico desert with shots of key locales from the show, over which Bryan Cranston recites Ozymandias, a classic sonnet by English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The poem’s central theme is the inevitable decline of leaders and the empires they build, which could offer a clue as to the fate of Cranston’s anti-hero Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who begins producing and selling crystal meth after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.

Breaking Bad began in 2008 and is now in its fifth and final season, which was split into two parts. The opening eight episodes aired between July and September last year (2012), while the concluding eight episodes will begin on US network AMC on August 11. UK viewers will be able to watch on Netflix, where each episode will be available immediately after it finishes in the US.

Meanwhile, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has recently given an update on a proposed spin-off show focusing on Saul Goodman, the dodgy lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk. “It’s not a done deal yet, but it’s definitely something we’re full speed ahead on trying to get going,” Gilligan said at the start of this month (July).