Breaking Bad "Granite State" Review: It's Not Over Until He Says It's Over

Breaking Bad S05E15: "Granite State"

With just two episodes left in its life, there were only a few routes Breaking Bad could have taken with its penultimate hour, "Granite State." But Breaking Bad cares not for where we think it will go, and in the spirit of the series' reputation for taking surprising turns, "Granite State" forged a completely unexpected path and went so far out of its way that it almost felt foreign. "Granite State" will go down in history as one of the series' most unusual episodes, flickering through time jumps and new characters with little regard for chronology, and putting a surprising focus on characters who probably shouldn't be getting the kind of screen time they're getting this late in the series' life. 

To me, "Granite State" was its own two-parter. The first half was a glimpse into the universe created when the great Heisenberg Empire toppled over and left his queen and family in ruins, with would-be successors scrambling to step into Heisenberg's vacated space and former associates looking for Help Wanted signs at Cinnabon. But the fascinating second half was an informative peek into the brain of television's most stubborn man, Mr. Walter White. To be honest, the first half of "Granite State" was mostly busy work, full of the rote check-ins that many stage-setting second-to-last episodes go through to ensure the house is in order for the finale, but that second half? I just watched in stunned silence as Walter—once again—went from caged animal to beast on the loose. 


But let's start with that first half and the newly rich white supremacists. It struck me as ballsy to spend so much time with them with the clock ticking down on the series. Is now the best time to continue the development of Todd's crush on Lydia, when it might be better spent on characters who've been with us through the long haul? Some of these characters are still so new to us that they still the tags on. I'm sure Todd's fluttering heart for Ms. Prissy Pants will play a role in the finale (nothing is wasted in this series), but let me put it this way: I'm concerned that Todd is getting more scenes than Jesse this late in the game. If I'm at Disneyland one hour before closing, I'm riding Space Mountain over and over again until my head falls off. I'm not even thinking about the Toy Story shooting game. 

It's going to sound like I didn't like this episode (which is untrue, I enjoyed it a lot), but gosh darnit, I'm also having the teeny-tiniest problem with Jack's crew being the series' final big bad guys. It seems there's a concerted effort to build them up as terrible people as fast as the writers can, by having them perform new atrocities each week. To me, they're still the new kids on the block (though Jesse is the one who is "Hangin' Tough"), because they didn't even exist in our minds before Todd made a passing mention of them after the Great Train Robbery of "Dead Freight." Yet here they are, killing Hank and Andrea and robbing Walter and imprisoning Jesse and generally causing devastation to the people we've been following for six years, even though they're barely half-a-season old (Todd is the exception; he's been around for almost a season). That makes me rather angry.

But you know what? That's probably the point. We should be wondering how these guys came in seemingly out of nowhere and contaminated the show that we're so protective of, because that's exactly how Walter feels about them with relation to the empire he spent so long building up. We love Breaking Bad as much as Walter loves his money, and these damn rednecks have gone and fucked it all up for both of us. There's been a lot of talk about whether or not we're supposed to be on Walter's side at this point, given the terrible things he's done, but now that the show has solidified Jack's crew as indefensible villains, I'm backing up Walter in this grudge match with a Ricin bazooka. These Nazi-tatted assholes deserve to die. That's their role in this game. They're pests, and you know what we say to pests? "Vamanos." However, I just can't help but wonder how different Breaking Bad would feel right now if there were a more centralized, tenured villain whose demise the finale was leading up to. Is it too late to reanimate Gus?


Speaking of people whose faces have seen much better days, Jesse's is almost an afterthought. He's stashed in an underground prison cell with no foreseeable future. Now that he's been imprisoned by the rednecks and forced to cook meth (96 percent, Jesse! Nicely done!), a happy ending for Jesse looks all but flushed down the toilet at this point, and things only got worse for the kid in "Granite State." His minor victory was a bowl of Ben & Jerry's—Peanut Butter Cup and Americone Dream—a reward for his culinary skills in the lab. Maybe it was a sugar high that gave him the energy required to American Ninja Warrior his way out of that dingy prison cell. However, I'm guessing Jesse would like a do-over; he made it to the outer fence of the redneck compound but was stymied, and his punishment was a bullet to the back of Andrea's skull. This provided another chance for Aaron Paul to devastate us with that scream-crying he does so well, and now I'm wondering if Breaking Bad's only goal is to make us feel really, really terrible. There's only one episode left and this is where we find Jesse? Swollen and crying with his lady-friend dead on her doorstep and her son Brock left alone to fend for himself against poisonings from strange old men? Again, why are you trying to break my spirit, show? 


Meanwhile, Skyler learned that life outside the criminal element isn't any easier, at least so far. Walt's plan to get her off Scot-free came with a caveat: The feds needed Walt before they'd stop bugging her. Without Walter in custody, the authorities will keep leaning on Skyler until she falls over, and it will only be a matter of time before an investigation turns up some of her dirty dealings in the business. To put it bluntly, she's screwed, and her future is totally reliant on a man who, in her mind, could be anywhere... and doing anything. Yet even with a pair of cops parked in front of her house, she's still vulnerable to Walter's former associates, which meant unwanted babysitters in the form of Todd and his racist cat-burglar pals. Todd warned her not to talk about Lydia, but the scene was more about Breaking Bad showing us that the redneck crew is still infecting the life Walter left behind. I mean, breaking into Skyler's house and hovering over baby Holly? "Granite State" wanted us to really hate Todd and his associates, and its mission was accomplished. 

Which brings us to our potential knight in shining armor and redneck eradicator, Walter White. Walter's whole arc in this episode was so good. SO GOOD! Saul's guy (played by the wonderful Robert Forester) hauled Walter out to the snowy wasteland of New Hampshire to let the heat die down (quite literally, I suppose), but what transpired wasn't a man ducking out of sight and cowering away. Instead, Walter stewed. He grew restless and lonely, and not even two DVD copies of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium could abate his concerns for what he left behind. Watching the way Saul's guy made people disappear was fascinating, but for as thorough and air-tight as his plans and accommodations were, the business of keeping a man out of custody relies on the man himself. As Walter said, "What's keeping me from walking out of here?" Nothing. It's Walter's choice.

Initially, the decision wasn't easy. About halfway through "Granite State," Walter unpacked his Heisenberg hat and considered setting off for the great unknown, but ultimately opted for caution and retreated to the cabin. How great was that short sequence? The momentum had built with the ceremonial donning of the hat, and he looked determined to traverse through the woods and take back what was his, but the road to revenge was covered in snow, prickly pine cones, and worst of all, doubt. This was a Heisenberg false start, and he reasoned himself into thinking that now was not the time, muttered "Tomorrow," and went back to the cabin to warm his hands and let a buck's head wear the Heisenberg hat.  

But tomorrow turned into next week, and next week turned into next month (maybe; the exact amount of time that passed wasn't clear), and Walter slowly deteriorated as loneliness, malnutrition, and that pesky cancer took over. News from the outside world slowly trickled in through Saul's guy and yellowing old newspapers—Skyler was working as a taxi dispatcher, her lawyer was some fresh-faced newb, the White house was a morbid tourist attraction, and his family's name was forever tainted. Saul's guy tapped Walter's vein to put some radiation in him, and Walter was so desperate for human contact the he had to buy company for $10,000 an hour. Walter realized he was a man in a cabin waiting to die, and his barrel of money—what was left of his legacy—would probably end up in his fixer's pocket. He wasted away to the point where his wedding ring slid off his finger like it was covered in butter, his family literally and metaphorically slipping away from any means of his help. Walter felt helpless, and Walter hates feeling helpless.

So Walter packed up some cash to Ensure (heehee) that his wife and children would reap at least some of the rewards of his criminal enterprise and finally made that trek to the one-horse town. He called Walter Jr. Flynn with a plan to mail them money through Flynn's pal Louis (I knew Louis would make a comeback!), but Flynn rejected both the offer and his dad himself, calling Walter a murderer and telling him to die before hanging up on him. Owwwww. At this point, I'd prefer to see Breaking Bad characters hold a gun rather than a phone, because Breaking Bad has been absolutely ruining my happiness with its phone calls in recent episodes (but they're soooo good). 

Broken and defeated, Walter called up the DEA to put himself out of his misery. Maybe he just wanted it to end, maybe he just wanted to give the feds the body they needed so Skyler, Flynn, and Holly could get on with their lives. But the message was clear: At that very moment, Walter was finally done. Saul had been right when, earlier in the episode, he told Walter, "It's over." 

But allow me to finish what Walter was going to say to Saul before a coughing fit interrupted him and left the door open for Saul to say those oh-so-wrong words—"It's not over until I say it's over." And it is NOT over. While sipping on a Dimple Pinch and waiting to get hauled in by New Hampshire's finest, the bartender flipped through TV channels and Charlie Rose was interviewing Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz. The pair was pawning their charity foundation to help drug-abuse treatment centers in the Southwest in an attempt to deflect any association with Walter White, and they publicly denounced any contribution he'd ever made to Gray Matter Technologies.

Walter's greatest fear is dying without leaving a legacy, without his due. I don't think he's too bothered by Elliott and Gretchen saying he didn't have too much to do with Gray Matter. I've already heard lots of people suggest that the Ricin in the flashforward must be for the Schwartzes, but I don't think that at all. If the finale involves Walter hunting down Elliott and Gretchen, two people who Walter strode past with his new meth-making endeavor—then get ready for a very disappointing final hour. Screw the Schwartzes.

No, what Walter was really upset about was when Charlie Rose said that there were reports of Walter's blue meth in the Southwest and in Europe. The fact that it was mentioned in an interview with the Schwartzes served as a reminder to him and to us that he'd let a potential legacy die once before, and he won't let it happen again. Gray Matter was a partnership; the blue meth that keeps junkies geeked out for days is all his. That, and the money he made from it, are his legacy. That's what Walter is setting out to preserve. That's why Walter has a huge gun in his trunk and Ricin in his pocket. It's not over. It's not over until he says it's over. No half measures.



NOTES

– Looking back on that conversation with Saul is SO awesome the second time through. "My money goes to my children, not just this barrel. ALL OF IT. I'm going to kill Jack and his entire crew and I'm going to take back what is mine and give it to my children. And then, and only then, am I through." Amen.

– I have to think that's the last we'll see of Saul. Now he's just a douchebag with three pairs of Dockers. Until the prequel spin-off series, I mean. 

– There's been some discussion about whether or not Walter White is a good person and whether or not we're supposed to be rooting for him. Some academics may even say it's morally wrong to root for the guy. I say this is a television show, and I'd be plenty happy if Walter White dropped a nuke on Albuquerque. Even if he isn't a good man, I want him to see his goals realized, because he's an amazing television character that I've happily spent six years hanging out with. Do I want him to make it out of the series alive and live his life sipping fruity drinks on a tropical beach? No. But like him, I want everything he did to be worth something.

– I don't think Saul's guy was wrong when he warned Walter, "If you leave this place, you will get caught." Walter knows this. He's going to finish his business, and then it's cuffs or a coffin for him.

– I'm amazed at how self-aware Breaking Bad has become as of late. There've been lots of call backs to previous dialogue, locations, and iconic imagery. Usually I dismiss this kind of thing as fan service, but it's really fun to be a part of with this show.

– So Walter is going to slaughter Jack's men, and I'll be the first one to offer my stamp of approval. But what will Walter do with Jesse? Has time softened his attitude toward Jesse? He HATED Jesse just last week and wanted him dead. The biggest question I have going into the finale is how their relationship will come to a close.

– "Granite State" was a testament to how Breaking Bad is a Swiss army knife of a television show, with so many different ways to affect us. Much of the current season has been dominated by adrenaline and falling dominoes, but "Granite State" felt more measured by comparison (particularly in the aftermath of last week's hour-long carpet-bombing that we're all still recovering from). The action was shelved in favor of putting Walter into a place that will pay off next week. We're all fully expecting a bloodbath, right? *crosses fingers*

– I apologize for the tardiness of this review, but I just got back from a destination wedding in Yosemite (great timing on your nuptials, pal!). Next week, my review of the series finale review will be up late on Sunday night. 


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Oct 18, 2013
I feel that Walter left the bar to go save Jessie and not his legacy. The long months of being alone has given him lots of time for introspection and I think he wants to do atleast one act of goodness by saving Jessie.

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Oct 03, 2013
I think the KKK-Krew is a great final villain exactly because they are not that well established. As you've mentioned, Breaking Bad is as realistic as they come and they've simply entered Walter's life at a point from which it wasn't too far till his expiration date. The cancer has always been the thing Walt couldn't control. And because he is about to die, he needs to finish his business which just happens to be Jack & Co.
I like to think the show ends because the cancer is back and not the other way around. It makes the cancer something completely out of Walt's and the writer's control.
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Sep 30, 2013
Having now watched the finale, I think you're wrong in your last paragraph, Tim. The last time we saw Heisenberg was last episode, when he gave up Jesse. He hung up his hat on the deer, and that was a metaphor in itself. Heisenberg was dead.

The thing that made Walt go back at the end of this episode wasn't his pride (for once), I believe it was the fact that he realised Jesse is alive and being held captive. As Gretchen says that Walter White "the kind" man we all knew, is dead, Walt realises that he needs to find redemption for everything he has done. And that's what he goes on to do in the final episode, when he saves Jesse and his family without a shred of malice or ego.
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Sep 28, 2013
i dunno i thought walt seeing the Schwartzes was a cool callback to season 1 and how this all started. when he went to that birthday party and was reminded of all the success his old friend has enjoyed without him. the legacy that should of also been his. of course, walt is pretty guilty for not having that legacy since the show made it sounded like he walked away from Gray Matter once again out of stupid, stubborn pride--that his girlfriend left him for his friend/partner.
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Sep 28, 2013
Hopefully when the dust settles at the end of the finale, Jesse will be left to ride off into the sunset with Brock and all of Walt's money. He deserves a happy ending!
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Sep 27, 2013
I watched whole series in 2 weeks and finally I am up to date :)
I think the 15th epsidoe was best episode to date. I liked it better than 14th. At least second part. Okay, first part was a little booring, but second part Walter's story was SO GOOD, SO FUCKING GOOD. This is the time whan we finally learn consequences of Walt's actions - all he did, all he ver did was for nothing, his brother in law is dead, his son hates him and wishes him death. He buys 1 hour of time with another guy for 10k because of his loneliness. Thats pretty much as low as you can get. And final part iwth Gretchen & Eliot on TV - brilliant, just brilliant (but as you said - I really hope he doesnt go for them). While I still somehow symphatize with Walter, this is what he deserves, he made all the wrong choices, and than he made them again and again. This is what you deserve for this. I really hope that finale will be depressing as hell, at least for Walter's story.

Speaking of Jesse - yeah, it's kind of a shame where he is now. But he is like the only charcter of the series I am actually rooting for. I hope he stays alive, somehow at least with a glimpse of hope and not end up killing Walter (that would be stupid).

As for Tod, his uncle and his crew I don't really care for them. Well, I kind of hope they will be killed (and my guts say that they wil - by Walter), but I wouldn't really care if they would stay alive or something.
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Sep 27, 2013
The thing with BB is that it was never TV's Scarface in all its magnitude. It made it pretty clear that WW was never about to be a true cartel leader, with young models, tons of cocaine (or crystal Meth) living in Mansions etc etc

So, that the final bad guys are Todd's Clan is pretty suitable for this show. It would never be a Colombian Cartel, the FBI, the UN Army or the Miami Heat
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Sep 27, 2013
The last 5 minutes of Granite State was really kick ass.
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Sep 27, 2013
I just watched the whole series again. That episode with the ''skank-ass-skank!" and the little red haired boy is hilarious.

Of course that episode where Walt "Azteks'' Gus' street dealers is also a favorite.
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Sep 27, 2013
saw this on twitter thought it was cool. Last episode of Breaking Bad is called "Felina" Fe (Iron) Li (Lithium) Na (Sodium), or, Blood, Meth & Tears. Also an anagram for "finale"
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Sep 27, 2013
Neat
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Sep 26, 2013
Okay so I just want to talk about how the last 5mins.. Because that was real GREATNESS in the making.. Don't get me twisted, there has been a few moments in this episode let alone the series on a whole that have taken the WOW factor to another level, but this is one of my favourite!! The thing is Walt really is defeated, he has called the DEA and ready to give in until... He saw the TV it brought thing right back to the beginning where Walt first got screwed, he was alway ment to be a millionaire not the chemistry teacher!! Getting cancer was the motivation to get into the meth business but this was the defining changing point in he's life.. what they pointed out is Walter White is gone.. Heisenberg really is like Walters spilt personality when he is Heisenberg he is cold, heartless and will go whatever it takes to get the job done! When they are talking about him you can literally see Walter White shifting into Heisenberg before your own eyes.. It's brilliant!! For me it gave me this feeling that sh!ts about to get real and the end is coming!! I really love this show and I think it's the best thing to come on TV for awhile bar Game Of Thrones.. The writer have done an excellent job and I can see a great conclusion to the show we all love.. I just hope it don't get messed up like other shows eg Lost and dexter.. (I was really disappointed with dexter) cant wait for the finale bring it on!! #TeamWalt
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Sep 26, 2013
Silly idea I truly hope Gilligan does for the final:

changing the title from Breaking Bad to Broke Bad.

Cause, truly, Walter White is officially gone now. It's all Heisenberg, 24/7, til the cancer gets him.
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Sep 26, 2013
New News!
Has cracked my top 10 of all time shows falling in at number 3!
One of best written series i have ever seen(Top 2 for sure)
One of the best acted series i have seen (Top 3 for sure)
I watched the whole series twice in the last 2 years alone and i swear it got better the 2nd time around..
Even if they pull a Sopranos, Lost, or Dexter type of ending, I can't be that discouraged.This last season has been so on point that I have complete confidence that the writers will conclude in style. The real question is what show will step up in its place? Walking Dead anyone??
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Sep 26, 2013
I had to watch the first episode of the BB marathon for one reason......to see Walter lose his pants again. Goddamn, it was cool to see those same pants re-appear in the desert in Ozymandias as Walt rolls his barrel of bread to the old indian's house to eventually buy that beater truck! Talk about great touches of self awareness......this writing crew is something else.
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Sep 26, 2013
is this the final series?
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Sep 26, 2013

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Sep 25, 2013
I know I am late to the party here, but I am worried that they won't top "Ozymandias" !!! ... Let me be honest here, I broke BAD !!! F*ck the Family bullshit and let's go out with a BANG. Again the Meth show was over and those "morally superior morons" started it again ... NOW WALT... SHOW THEM HOW TO DANCE !!!
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Sep 25, 2013
ALL HAIL THE KING.. Team Walt.
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Sep 25, 2013

So we all are supposed to hate the whole Nazi group by now? Todd pretty much has to die, yes. He's part of the group that got its hands on a huge amount of money but for some reason he thinks that producing meth and killing innocents is the right thing to do at this point. If he is doing all of this for the sole purpose of impressing Lydia he surely is an even bigger idiot as I thought.
But the rest of the crew?
Sure, they are violent Nazi criminals but apart from that I don't see them as over-the-top villains.
Killing that rivaling meth crew was extreme but I never cared for those guys (sorry Declan).
Killing Hank and Gomez? Sure Walt called them off but it was perfectly reasonable to still show up. After Gomie was killed in the initial fire fight there really wasn't much of a way of Hank walking out alive. If it wasn't for Jack the series would've pretty much ended right there.
Many criminals would take your live savings and then kill you if you offered it to them on a silver plate like Walt did (there really was no point in mentioning where the money is during bargaining). Jack could have killed him or left him without any money. Instead he left him enough money so that Walt could hide out in NH and return with a giant gun in his trunk.
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Sep 25, 2013
They are nazis, cold blooded killers, thieves, & overall douchebags. The fact that they are also dumb, doesn't make them anymore likeable imo...
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Sep 25, 2013
Just found a tiny little thing: one pictures hanging there crooked, which "incidentally" looks a lot like Walts place. So that sort of shows his emotions and situation during the phone call. Don't know if the other picture on the left means anything though.

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Sep 25, 2013
These are all adults hank,skyler,Jesse..etc...they need to take responsibility for their own actions Walt didnt force skyler to join him in the meth game...Walt didn't tell hank to try and be some ungrateful Robocop trying to feed his ego he wouldn't be walking if it wasn't for Walt..we seem to forget..like I said they all made there on choices
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Sep 25, 2013
It's true. That's why I'll always be Team Walt.
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Sep 25, 2013
I have never seen a child more ungrateful than Walt jr..he raised him clothed him fed him..and he tells him too die ..because he made a couple of mistakes..and please don't say he killed hank..nobody got hank killed but himself
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Sep 25, 2013
Fast predictions:
1 - There will be blood;
2 - Mr. White release Jesse;
3 - Ricin for Walt.
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Sep 25, 2013
Think so too. He's going to testify and dies immedtiately after. But that would be too clean. Jessie will kill him and kill himself right after.
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Sep 25, 2013
The one ending I will HATE HATE HATE is Jesse killing Walt...
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Sep 25, 2013
Jesse had already been on fire when he found out about Brocks poisoning. Now he knows about Walts involvement in Jane + Nazis killed Andrea (they would have never known about her if it wasn't for Walt). He would have all the right reasons to do so. But yes, this also sounds a bit too predictable for a series like this.
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Sep 24, 2013
Holy shit, what an episode! The Andrea death was what was most shocking to me. Unfreakin' believable! Poor Jesse...he was the only character looking at redemption...for Walt there is only Heisenberg left.
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Sep 25, 2013
Poor Jessie My ASS !!! ... he should have left when he had a chance, it is his fault that all shit broke loose ! :-)
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Sep 24, 2013
Walt has nothing to worry about. There is no evidence of any of his activities. Hank & Gomie are dead. The boxes of evidence Hank had in the garage are now in the possession of the Nazis. Nothing to implicate Walt in any of the Arizona meth production. As soon as Walt realizes the Nazis have the boxes, he will torch the stuff, and Jesse.
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Sep 24, 2013
I am team Walt again not because of the person Walt is but because the Nazi's need to die. Killing Andrea was both literally and figuratively.
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Sep 24, 2013
No words. Just this.


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Nov 09, 2013
Holy shit!
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Sep 25, 2013
You just blew my mind.
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Sep 24, 2013
F**k, that was intense. It is amazing that they can keep it up.

I feel like I wanna say a whole lot more, I just can't find the words.

I'm just glad I watched Dexter's finale first so I can end the weekend on a high.
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Sep 24, 2013
Agreed! This weekend just won't get here fast enough! I gotta know how this ends!!!!
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Sep 24, 2013
I did the same. It was an absolute must to watch Dexter First lest you want to sleep through half of it. Really contrasting how strong BB is finishing and how badly dexter wound up.
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Sep 24, 2013
Since watching the last episode i have a feeling that the DEA is behind Madrigal Chezh Lydia and co.In the episode of season 4 Hermanos the cartel didnt kill Gus because they knew who he was.In Granite State a DEA car is outside Skyler house saying that all clear and the exact same moment Todd brakes in and grabs Skyler.Only if Meth Damon is Jason Burn can make it out of the scene without being seen.Sorry for my english once again
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Sep 24, 2013
I don't think that any government organisation will allow a mass-killing as seen in one of the last episodes just to further their investigation. Murder isn't a line that they will easily cross (Donnie Brasco!)
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Sep 24, 2013
I should say.....in the song El Paso, the handsome cowboy gets shot and killed by coming back for Felina so he can ride off with her. Hmmmmm......
then again, Felina IS an anagram for Finale, too.......
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Sep 24, 2013
Some people are getting weird about this episodes "lack of action". Excuse me? Saul splits for good, Walt blasts off to limbo, Todd terrorizes Skyler, seduces Lydia ("wait. What? Did you just say 92%?), offs poor Andrea, AND serves some Stephen Colbert ice cream to Jesse, the Nazis break into the Schrader house, the Heisenberg saga blasts into ALB/national news, the Schwartzes diss Walt on PBS, Junior tells dad to literally drop dead, and Walt sez ah fuck it I better get back to new Mexico. Not bad for a "dull" episode!!!!

I thought it was a GREAT show. Felina, here we come! Btw.....I have no idea if this means anything, but.....Felina is the name of the fiery Mexican lass that steals the heart of the handsome cowboy in ole Marty Robbins classic sixties hit song "El Paso.". We shall, of course, find out soon enough......
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Sep 24, 2013
Great episode. The ending is pure Breaking Bad-classic with the main theme playing.
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Sep 24, 2013
great ep. cant wait to see how it ends!!!

i was ready for Dexter to be over, but i'll be sad when BB is gone.
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Sep 24, 2013
Dexter blew. What a shame, used to be a great show. Obviously BB could extend its run for a while, but these guys have a vision to write a good story and see it through. Not get sidetracked or milk the series for money which has been the downfall of other shows. Thanks for going out on top BB. Excited for Sunday.
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Sep 24, 2013
Ready for Dex to be over? It was way beyond its expiration date. I was GLAD Dexter was over. BB however is not yet done in my opinion.. It could last longer! Tho I feel Dex kinda ended the way Walter ended up in this episode, in a cabin in a cold place.
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Sep 24, 2013
I completely agree, Dexter was living on borrowed time. As for BB, I don't think I have ever felt like it was the right time for a show I love to end, and on hindsight, many should have gotten out while they were ahead. It either feels too early or too late, so in a way I'm glad because this show will be talked about as flawless in the future. I think that to Vince Gilligan, this is to Breaking Bad as a whole the equivalent of what Skyler singing in the baby monitor was to Walt, the perfect time for it to "drop dead" and keep an untarnished legacy.
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Sep 24, 2013
Damn right! Go out on top!
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Sep 24, 2013
omg omg omg POOR JESSE! Can someone help this poor soul? I cant handle this anymore ;)
Well if Walt is angry that someone makes his Meth and finds out its Jesse, I hope he takes the time to ask Jesse why he cooks and how he is doing. Dont u dare killing him, Walt! Kill the stupid Nazi Gang, get arrested and Jesse: go to Alaska and find a really good psychologist.
Look, I hate Walt - I do and I dont care if he lives, I hope he dies. BUT I need him to go and kill crazy Todd and the Gang and to get Jesse out.
If he goes and kills Jesse cause he thinks it all his fault, I will jump into the TV and hurt him myself ;)) I mean if Walt hears that they killed Andrea he must feel sorry for Jesse and help him.

Im proud of Marie - forgiving Skyler that fast

And Im soo proud of Walter Jr. Yeah Walt they dont care about all the money. The want a family, a dad, a husband, a normal nice and not dangerous life... he just doesnt get it
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Sep 24, 2013
This wasn't a particullary great episode but it set things up for next week . I think the nazis are a metaphor for full evil (Walter isn't there yet ) and they must be erradicated , but the real issue here is the hatred Walter and Jesse have for one another . I don't concieve a scenario in my head where this show doesn't end with a final confrontation between the both of them . That is the only way to tie things up correctly . Probably Jesse kills Walt and then goes to jail for the rest of his life or kills himself , because lets face it he has nothing left to live , except maybe taking care of Brock . I do think the Schartwz have something to do with Walter's change of mind . Lets remember , that is the reason Walt's race to drug kingpin started . He didn't want to provide for his family , he was pissed off for losing the business oportunity of a lifetime , one he helped to create . This is Walter White 's sicked and twisted redemption story . He probably won't do anything to them , but hearing them say that in that particular moment threw him over the edge and made him want to throw one last punch .
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Sep 24, 2013
I can see two things happening in the final episode.

1.The obvious scenario that Walt takes out Todd, his uncle and the rest of the crew.

2.There will surely be one final face to face scene between Walt and Skylar and I'm wondering if this occurs after Walt turns himself in in order to save Skylar from prosecution. He will do this knowing he will be dead within days after taking the ricin.

Then again this is breaking bad so perhaps Vince doesn't want to allow Walt to go out without some form of redemption.

As a team Walt member I'm hoping he does.

Long live Walter White!



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Sep 24, 2013
Assuming that the same amount of time was passing in Jesse's storyline, I would love to see Walt show up with that M-60 in time to save Brock and rescue Jesse from Jack, Todd and the gang. I would definitely be interesting to see how Jesse reacts.
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Sep 24, 2013
I would love that, but that's assuming he doesn't hate Jesse's guts anymore. Maybe he did some soul searching stuck by himself four months in a cabin and changed a bit, but the fact that he got so angry (and probably went on one of his signature destructive rampages) over his hurt ego, and chose not to save his family from prosecution, tells me that he's very much the same
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Sep 24, 2013
Finally, goodbye Walter White hello Heisenberg. I hope next week is a sh*t storm of revenge. Walter takes out everyone, then Jesse takes out Walt, takes Brock and all the millions and lives happily every after, because if anyone deserves a break it's Jesse. I can't believe they killed Andrea, and like that. I thought he was just showing Jesse he could kill at any stage, not that he would actually do it.
The last two episodes have really made me feel some empathy for Skylar, which is pretty big achievement. Were we meant to feel sorry for Walt in that cabin, cause I didn't. He gets some r&r, with an extra doses of self pity, but Skylars life has really gone to sh*t. Pressure from the cops, threats of jail, no money and then pals of her husband show up to threaten her and her kid, cause the other kid probably wants nothing to do with her. She is beyond alone.
And of course it's Walts massive ego that will bring him out of hiding, chrystal blue persuasion is still on the streets, and we can't have that now can we. His whole 'doing it for the family' schtick is truly busted now.
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Sep 24, 2013
(At the end I tell you about the Ricin) Everything Tim analyzed should be right on point even when he combines the show and the characters. The show is going to end and Walter is going to end, we are now at the ultimate "nothing to lose" moment of the show. They gonna Tarrantino it and there will be a red neck corpse festival. Jesse will make it and take care of Brock, that's Gilligans responsibility since we know how much Jesse cares about the boy.
Now to the Ricin... I am 3/3 in prediciting BB Finales... The Ricin is for Walter, he is gonna end it on his terms (quote Vince Gilligan)
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Sep 24, 2013
If this really was Saul Goodman's final episode, it's fitting that Peter Gould wrote the script since he also created the character. Cinnabon is in good hands.
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Sep 24, 2013
I absolutely LOVED the theme music building up and playing so loudly in the final moments. I don't know if we've ever heard it outside of the credits/opening like that, and it made me shiver with excitement for Heisenberg's last hurrah.
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Sep 26, 2013
by the way, if you loved that final scene with that wonderful "extended" mix of the BB theme (all of 1:15!)........dave porter's fantastic musical work is avail on iTunes as two BB soundtrack albums can be had for 10 bucks a pop. The first has many of the great songs with vocals we've heard throughout the show's run (including that Mexican legend of Heisenberg classic from season 2), and the second is all Dave and his moody sonic textures. Way cool! And after Granite State, I simply HAD to own that long version of the BB theme......
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Sep 24, 2013
Ditto. That was absolutely BADass, with the theme song finish. Very nicely done. In fact.....full on goosebumps!
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Sep 24, 2013
What a great epidsode! For 45mins, Vince had me 100% certain that Walt would used the ricin on himself in front of his family next week. Then after watching the last 10 mins, i was 100% certain that Heisenberg's last victim WOULDN'T be himself! Amazing.
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Sep 24, 2013
No matter what happens, I hope that Jesse gets to put one between the eyes on Todd.
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Sep 24, 2013
After killing Jack and Lydia in front of him.
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Sep 24, 2013
the racist rednecks are contaminating the show just like the cancer that's poisoning walt's body.

i've always rooted for walt and i always will root for him. the guy's fantastic! whoever says that rooting for him is not moral does not know what art is. bb is art, bitch.
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Sep 24, 2013
Walter! Kill them all!!!
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Sep 24, 2013
Leave the Series Finale for the NEXT YEAR !! i really don't want it to end ! :(
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Sep 24, 2013
Heart wrenching episode. Seeing Walter all skinny and broken down was just too much. The scene where he paid for company and then seeing his wedding ring slip right off his finger... just tore me apart. Seeing Skylar all broken down (and I never liked her) but I feel for her now. It is obvious that she is thinking about Walter and most likely just wants to go back to a safe and comfortable place for her kids. Seeing Flynn so very angry and hating his father, the kid is beyond scarred for life and life had already dealt him a difficult hand. And Jessie... poor Jessie. Which was worse, his predicament or him watching the woman he loves die because he tried to escape.

Then there's Lydia THAT BITCH! Really... with all that is going on, she is so concerned with self preservation (which I understand) but taking it out on Skylar and her baby is just too much. LYDIA NEEDS TO DIE! I watched her ordering her tea (who drinks chamomile with milk and a ton of sweetener-a testament to her being a big fucking baby) and kept thinking "Mike should have killed her when he had the chance."

I watched this episode and walked away depressed. Can't wait for next week but don't want it to come because then... its over forever. No other show compares.
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Sep 24, 2013
I want the show to end with Walter sitting on a tropical beach with his barrels of cash, but only after he goes back home and screws things up for everyone.
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Sep 24, 2013
Best TV show of all time. Just above The Wire.
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Sep 24, 2013
It's yet another nice touch by BC......the strand of spittle that lands in Walt's goatee as he gets riled up talking to Saul down in the Vacuum Man's holding sell. Nicely done in terms of emphasizing the point that Walter may be getting a tad.....edgy?......at this point.

and the Vacuum Man is the great Robert Forster, only one E. a familiar face to Tarantino fans........
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