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On the mid-season finale of Breaking Bad Walt finally decides to give up the meth game, but it might be too late to make a clean getaway when an obscure clue gives Hank pause.
The first half of this season of Breaking Bad has been almost entirely devoted to showing the devolution of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as he becomes more and more ruthless. Thus we got the kaleidoscope of brutal death sequences as Walt takes out Gus’ former minions in prison in a brilliantly staged orchestra of death. As everyone comes to hate and fear Walt, he realizes it’s lonely at the top and cashes out. But can Walt ever really wash his hands of all the blood he’s spilled?
How Much Is Enough?
Even Lydia (Laura Fraser) realizes quickly that with Mike out of the picture there’s very little to ensure her safety. So instead she makes a hail Mary gamble and tells Walt about a new distribution destination: the Czech Republic. With the center of the action so far away, Walt is able to make millions upon millions easily and without all the bloodshed that usually accompanies a Walter White scheme. So much money, in fact, that Skyler (Anna Gunn) can’t even launder it all.
The End of Heisenberg?
As we’ve seen throughout the course of this half season, the money isn’t what’s important to Walt. It’s the power that comes along with donning that Heisenberg hat and shades and playing like a gangster. Without a nemesis to fight or anything to overcome, however, the unthinkable happens: Walt just seems bored. Perhaps the hospital scan might have also gotten him back in touch with his own mortality, but he finally decides to get out of the game and get his family back. He seems to realize that without his family, or even poor terrified Jesse (Aaron Paul), the drug game is just not what it used to be.
After all the bodies, the bloodshed and the terror Walt finally seems as if he’s out of the game. The episode begins to close on an idyllic scene of Hank (Dean Norris) and Marie (Betsy Brandt) over at the White house as the kids play in the background. When Hank excuses himself to go to the bathroom, however, it all comes crumbling down. He reads an inscription in Leaves of Grass from G.B. to W.W. that makes him remember Gale and makes him question everything.
Is Hank really onto Walt? Is Walt’s cancer back? How long will Jesse stay out of the game? What do you think the end of Breaking Bad will bring?
In the aftermath of the shooting Jesse and Mike want out of the meth business for good, but Walt isn’t ready to hang up his Heisenberg hat just yet.
Breaking Very Bad
So far the first half of the final season of Breaking Bad has concerned itself primarily with just how bad Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has gotten. Whether it’s manipulating Jesse (Aaron Paul) or holding Skyler (Anna Gunn) hostage in their sham of a marriage, this is a far different man than we met in the pilot. This episode drives home that point by having Jesse vocalize just how far he’s fallen down the criminal rabbit hole.
Whistle While You Work
This season has shown Walt to be a highly functioning sociopath with no real regard for the emotions or well being of others. Minutes after emphasizing with Jesse over the murder from last episode, Walt goes right back to cooking with a smile on his face and a whistle on his lips. Throughout the years Breaking Bad has trafficked in a lot of scary moments. But few have been as off-putting as watching how carelessly Walt actually felt about the death of an innocent child. Last season might have proven Walt capable of harming a child for a purpose, but this season has proven him capable of a startling lack of emotion.
From Walt to Heisenberg
Unfortunately for Walt, Jesse and Mike (Jonathan Banks) don’t feel the same way. After the death of the young boy, both decide it’s time to get out of the meth game for good. For Mike this decision might have been a bit more selfishly motivated as the DEA is now trailing him almost full time. The plan is to sell off the methylamine, giving them all about five million each. But Walter White doesn’t want to settle for five million dollars anymore. He wants to be the kingpin of a meth empire. The criminal disguise is now his true personality. He’s Heisenberg full time now.
When Jesse goes to talk Walt into accepting, we get some back story on the company he helped create in college. He sold his shares for five thousand and it later went on to be worth billions. Walt is the kind of guy who checks the stock to see just how much the company is worth every week, the kind of guy whose bitterness can finally be avenged in the drug game. So he will go to great lengths to stop the gang from selling his share. He burns the plastic cuffs off his wrists and doesn’t even flinch when Mike has a gun to his head. According to Jesse he has a plan for what to do with the meth. “Everyone wins,” Walt assures Mike.
Will Walt’s plan succeed? Will Jesse and Mike manage to get out of the meth game? Will Jesse ever find good frozen dinners? Share your theories in the comments!
Walt’s 51st birthday turns sour when he realizes the extent of Skyler’s hatred, while Lydia continues making trouble.
This week the show takes a step back from the meth trade to explore the repercussions Walt’s (Bryan Cranston) permanent transformation into Heisenberg is having on his home life. The show also takes the time in this first half of the final season to wander down memory lane, looking at how far Walter White has come. While it’s been four seasons on television, it’s only been a year in the universe of the show, but as Marie (Betsy Brandt) notes, it’s been a long one. In that time, Walt has gone from mild-mannered teacher to brutal meth kingpin.
In the one meth-related plotline, Lydia (Laura Fraser) is still making trouble for the gang. She’s supposed to be supplying the methylamine but the specter of jail keeps spooking her. Instead, she shows Jesse (Aaron Paul) a tracking device on one of the containers. Mike (Jonathan Banks) quickly figured out she was the one who put the device there and decides it’s time to finish the job and kill her. He’s overruled by Jesse and Walt, however, so it looks like we’ll be getting more development on paranoid Lydia soon.
Worst Pool Party Ever
The biggest part of the episode, however, was dedicated to exploring the deteriorating relationship between Walt and Skyler (Anna Gunn). This season the cracks in Skyler have become more pronounced as Walt becomes a more and more chilling figure. Walt wants a big party for his birthday, but Skyler only throws him a small get together where she tries to drown herself in the pool. Talk about a party foul.
Whatcha Waiting For?
Walt quickly figures out the pool stunt was just one in a line of attempts made by Skyler to get the kids out of the house and out of harm’s way. There have been a lot of truly chilling and disturbing moments on this show but few have felt as goosebumps-inducing as Walt debunking all of Skyler’s plans to get her kids to safety. When she finally admits she has no plan other than waiting, Walt wonders what she’s waiting for. The answer is for the cancer to finally kill Walt. Looking back on the first season, it’s shocking how far these two have come, which is the point of this excellent final season chapter.