Posts Tagged ‘walt’
So, that was a change of pace. That episode was pretty much what I assumed it would be: checking in with all of the relevant parties in the aftermath of the fall of Heisenberg. I thought it was pretty beautifully handled. Beautiful in a dark, dark way. The depth of Heisenberg’s fallout was a sad place for everybody involved. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, I don’t know about you guys, but this episode felt like it was trying to get a lot of things in place for the last four episodes. Not a whole lot happened necessarily, but we got some interesting setups. Most notably, Jesse is cooperating with the DEA (I loved the moment when Marie Read the rest of this entry »
It’s both incredible and somewhat sad to be discussing the final episodes of Breaking Bad. What a twisty turn it’s been!
There’s so much in this episode, so I’ll focus on a few comments and questions.
I think the psychological dimensions of the show — always present in Breaking Bad — reached a (literal) crescendo with this episode. The depiction of Hank’s realization of ‘who’ Walt is was incredible, as was the final showdown between them (Hank’s closing the garage door, Walt’s last words, etc.). Read the rest of this entry »
Starting at the beginning, I love how Breaking Bad is never willing to gloss over the details of the aftermath. I think a lot of shows would have said, “And then, they got rid of the evidence.” Instead we got to see a beautifully haunting and detailed deconstruction of the motor bike. The scene was full of details like slicing the hand grips off of the handle bars and sawing the wheels in half to fit them in the barrel. And the haunting sound design of only non-diegetic music floating around was really wonderful. Did you think that Walt actually showed some real remorse during the cold open? I thought there were moments when his face looked like he actually was bothered by what had happened. Then in the next scene we get to hear how he has already rationalized himself into believing that Todd probably did the right thing. Walt has really toned his rationalization reflex muscles. Read the rest of this entry »
“It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Hank says this to Walt in an attempt to console him about his marriage with Skyler. But, if you read it as a foreshadowing about what is coming, this episode takes a quick turn towards the darkness. It gets damn dark. Todd has shown initiative to help out the operation. He sought to impress Walt by telling him about the nanny-cam in the house they are about to cook in. And in an attempt to impress Walt and Jesse with quick thinking about keeping the heist a secret, Todd decides to shoot the little boy who sees the end of the heist. I wonder how Walt and Mike are going to react to this terrible situation. Read the rest of this entry »
So, Skylar’s slow burn finally paid off this week. And in wonderful fashion. Round 1 didn’t really have a winner; it mostly just had both sides laying all the cards on the table (analogy 1: cards/poker). Skylar openly admits that her best plan is to suffer through Walt’s mania, trying to keep the kids as far from him as possible, and waiting for Walt’s cancer to resurface and kill or debilitate him. Her strategy is to take as many blows for as many rounds as possible and then strike when her opponent is too weak to retaliate like Muhammad Ali (analogy 2: boxing). This is a terrible thought to Walt because cancer must seem like something that could actually slow him down. But, he sure does seem confident that no other person could threaten his reign as Lord White of Downton Crystal. He believes that he is always a move ahead of his competitor, calling all of Skylar’s potential, future moves (analogy 3: chess). Read the rest of this entry »
Well, here we have it: a perfect episode to show us just how far Walt has come and just how deluded he is about his future. There were many hints of this escalation and delusion, but how about that scene of Walt and Skyler in bed at the end of the episode for starters? Walt reprises his creepy, possessive manipulator role with the added ick factor of paralleling the sex scene at the end of the very first episode of the series. Then, Walt has returned home after stowing the corpse of Emilio in the RV outside Jesse’s house and the almost-corpse of Crazy 8 in Jesse’s basement. His first attempt at breaking bad has not gone so well and he is wracked with guilt, anxiety, and just the first taste of power. He initiates sex with Skyler with the desperation and intensity of a man who almost died (besides the fact that he thinks he is dying of lung cancer) and she is shocked, but also titilated, by his intensity: “Walt, is that you?” she asks breathlessly. Read the rest of this entry »