The end shot leaves a lovely question hanging for season five....Overall the ep was fantastic...
Walter really does prove his smarts and Jessie is marginly less annoying than usual.
The action is so unpredictable, to a point, but even when you know what is going to happen, it's still a shock...
The showdown between Walter and Gus takes center stage for this story, and just one or two subplots manage to nose their way in. The resolution of the season-long conflict was mostly satisfying. Mostly.
First, a fond farewell to Giancarlo Esposito, whose dead-eyed Gus Fring will be missed. The show has done a good job of giving us progressively better villains -- from Krazy-8 to Tuco to the cousins to Gus -- and Mr. Esposito will be a hard act to follow. (Hey, we may well get more ... the many dead characters on this show tend to have flashback-related half-lives.) Season 5 will have some big shoes to fill coming up with a new villain. And they'll have a hard time topping the lastest in a series of over-the-top deaths. Thumbs-up for not relying entirely on the CGI to carry that scene; little touches like Gus straightening his tie (which I buy) and the shocked reaction from the nurses who know this patient is beyond help ... such touches make the scene.
Jesse Pinkman didn't have a whole lot to do this episode: just some adroit cat-and-mouse with police detectives followed by playing the damsel-in-distress at the superlab. (Ironically, having proven that he can cook nearly as well as Walter, he was treated to the very fate that Walter had avoided, twice: being essentially a prisoner/slave of drug lords.) He got a happy ending with his nearly-family, which I didn't see coming.
The family at Camp Schrader ... well, they might as well have had the week off for all the impact they had on the story.
So that leaves Walter as the almost full focus of the episode, following a plan of action he formed an episode back when his spinning pistol pointed to the Lily of the Valley potted plant, and continuing a character transformation that began in that same exact spot, tossing lit matches into his pool before resolving to cook methamphetamine. (What IS it about that pool?) His list of crimes now includes sending the nice neighbor lady into harm's way to see if he could enter his house safely, bombing an old folk's home, and killing two henchmen in cold blood. Oh, and poisoning a child to manipulate his estranged partner.
Wait, what was that? Yeah, it looks like he poisoned Brock. How, exactly? When did he get the opportunity? And HOW did he get that ricin cigarette away from Jesse? Did Saul Goodman's goon swap packs with Jesse during his patdown? (Looking at it frame-by-frame, no, he didn't.) And if so, then that means that Saul and Walter conspired in it ... so how come Walter has to go to such lengths to track down Saul early in the episode? There are holes here; I doubt they'll be filled, but, rather, papered-over early in Season 5.
Unusually, things feel mostly resolved at the end of this season. There's no dangerous villain, no impending death, no exploding planes ... no immediate crisis of any sort. The story could move in many directions. It seems unlikely that Walter will retire (he tried that before in Season 2's "Over," and it didn't take). Once again, the field is clear for expansion of the business (with Gus AND the bulk of the Cartel dead). But the nature here is different from previous stories; in the deaths of Emilio, Krazy-8 and Tuco, Walter and Jesse essentially bumbled their way into success. This time, the take-down is big, the execution was cold-blooded calculation, and the hole in the local drug trade is bigger than ever. There are repurcussions coming -- locally from the DEA, and from the remaining Cartels in Mexico ... and Mike, who Jesse says is "gonne be pissed" -- but Walter has grown to the point that he is up to the challenge.
And that's Walter, as in Walter alone. Previously, he had relied on his Heisenberg persona to do his dirty work. Not now. At the end of the episode, Walter calls Skyler and tells her that all is well with a two-word phrase: "I won." Walter White and Heisenberg are two very distinct characters as played by Bryan Cranston, and I honestly cannot discern, in that final line, which character said those words. The two have become one. Metastasization complete.
Well once again Vince Gilligan did it again, made the show better then anything ontelevision. First i would like to say that this episode was the best Breaking Bad episode ever. Now that i got that out of my system, i have to talk about the episode. This episode was perfect because anything could happen, the way that Vince Gilligan set this episode up got everybody talking. Only one of mypredictioncame true was that Waltpoisoned Brock, my other twopredictionswas that Mike kills Gus and Jesse finds out that Waltpoisoned Brock. Now whathappened to each character, Walt was still trying to protect his family, except this time death was closer then ever. Walt has changed since the first episode, in this episode we see Walt (spoileralert)poisoned a child and risked his neighbor and the residents of the theretirementhome life. Jesse had an interestingstory linethis episode, Jesse was beinginterrogated by the FBI for being a suspect ofpoisoning Brock. A thought "couldJessego to prison?" "plot of season 5?". The final character i will talk about is Gus, (If youhaven'tseen this episode yet, whats wrong with you, and stop reading because i will mention a big spoiler) Gus finally got what was coming to him, that final scene with Gus was awesome, when he walked out of the room i was jumping out of my seat "can anything kill this man" i was thinking until the scene progressed and you see his face "HOLY S@#$". this episode proved to the world why this show will berememberedforever, its to bad Gus will absent for season 5, but idon'tthink that will be the last time we will see or hear about Gustavo Fring.
It's the episode that will define Breaking Bad for many years.
when hear someone saying breaking bad is boring. will this episode will break it out for him, a 12 episode summarize in one last phnomnal finale.
Vince did an amazing job with the show, from the first season you feel like this show will be a true classic in TV. as The Sopranos, The Wire and Lost long before it. this show just arrived above them.
a season to be remembered as the best season of all time, it's a shame to go without wining an Emmy awards. as the breathtaking season of The Sopranos did in season 5. and Lost did in season 1. and the Wire did in season 4 even though he didn't win it.
The episode written in a classic way, and directed in a breathtaking way, and acted in a outstanding way. It was PERFECT in so many way.
Walt, Jesse, Gus, Hank and Skyler. the perfect cast. they did a brilliant job this season.
Walt and Gus must win an Emmy award next season. the show should win best directed episode for 'Face Off' and written episode for 'Crawl Space' and Walt for 'Crawl Space', Gus for 'Sauld' and Jesse for 'Problem Dog'.
Thank you Vince Gilligan !
I truly deeply can't fu**ing wait for the next and last season.
Another 10 for Breaking Bad. I could go on my spiel about how I only give 10's to episodes that truly deserve it, that represent an absolute classic, but I'll try not to explain and defend my rating. This was an episode of Breaking Bad that not only brought the season to a satisfying end but brought plots from the last three seasons to a close. I'm sure there were some people who predicted certain things happening here, but for me, it was a huge shock to see how Walter White came out on top this time.
The episode picks up where the last one left off: Walt rushes to get the car bomb off of Gus' car while him and Jesse are forced to regroup after their plan to kill Gus fails. However, things grow even more complicated (as they always do) after Jesse is picked up by the FBI since the mention of ricin piqued their curiosity. He gets questioned while Walt rushes to get Saul's location to prevent Jesse from having to reveal anything. The early scenes (that are ripe with little dark humorous moments, typical for this show) all lead into a moment that ends up changing the momentum of the entire episode: Jesse informs Walt that Gus occasionally visits Tio at the nursing home. Walt realizes he can use Gus and Tio's rotten relationship to his advantage. Thus begins the superb final forty minutes of the episode, a long, drawn out scenario constructed ingeniously by Walter White.
Basically, Walt sets it up so that Tio will be seen by Tyrus visiting the DEA. Of course, Tio gives up no information, but under Walt's orders, Tio visits, insults Hank and leaves. Gus learns that Tio was seen visiting the DEA (with no information about whether or not he said anything of value) and after another long scene of Tyrus seeing if the room is bugged or not, visits Tio to silence him once and for all. However, just before he's about to administer a shot that will kill Tio, Gus notices Tio glaring at him, the first time he's looked at Gus all season. It turns out that Walt rigged Tio's wheelchair with a bomb, connecting it to the bell he used to communicate. The room explodes, Gus exits with half of his face missing, straightens his tie and falls to the ground, dead.
Walt then shows up at the lab and kills Gus' two men that are watching over Jesse as he cooks and together, Walt and Jesse burn down the lab. Walt learns from Jesse that Brock wasn't poisoned by ricin, that it was a flower called Lily of the Valley. They leave each other on good terms, with the chapter of Gus in the past. Walt informs his wife, "I won," and hangs up, proud of himself. The season ends with the camera zooming in on a pot of flowers in Walt's backyard with the label "Lily of the Valley" on it.
I'll be honest: there were moments in the episode that should'vekept the score from being perfect. There were moments that I thought didn't mesh well with the overall tone of the show. The scene where Gus exits the room with half of his face blown off was chilling and the type of horrifying scene the show plays off so well, but boy, the whole "straighten my tie thing before I die" was a step too far in my eyes. Also, I felt like the reveal of the "Lily of the Valley" flower in Walt's backyard, while being a huge revelation for the show, was a weak image to end on, especially considering the last two seasons.
However, the way this episode was able to close the door on not just Gus Fring but also the super-lab, Tio Salamanca and the whole Brock poisoning thing was incredible. The show moved as slow as it usually does at moments and then burst to life at other times. It was just a wonderful episodes that leaves us wondering what in the world Walter White will do next. There's no meth lab, no Gus, no reason to continue cooking, since it'll become obvious that there's still people out there besides Gus involved, which will pique Hank's curiosity. Also, Mike is still alive, and I'm assuming that's for a specific reason. Season 5 is way too far away.
(Oh, and on a completely different note, what is happening to the ratings of the episode on the site? How is "Caballo Sin Nombre" in the top ten? Either people are under-rating great episodes only to over-rate crappier ones or the website is screwing with the ratings. Seriously. Seven Thirty Seven and Caballo Sin Nombre over any of the other episodes over the last few seasons? Lame.)
This is my favorite show of all time, better than True Blood, Dexter, The Sopranos, I enjoyed the X-files when it was on, I see now why I did, Vince Gilligan is a genius writer. This season wasbrilliantly setup, the last episode, End Times had so many hidden items, it makes you want to rewatch the season all over again, hint: Watch Huell's search of Jessie again. Now what I don't understand, is Breaking bad has been getting scores of 9.5 and obove by fans of the show for the past 6 episodes, up until a few days ago the finale episode was rated a 9.5. the same with the prior 5 shows. Now all of a sudden it's rated a 9.1? Salud was one of the best episodes this season, it was rated a 9.7. Now all of a sudden it's a 8.9????? That makes no sense, sounds like some troll is posting multiple negative reviews, and TV.com should delete them, it give this show no justice.
Watch the episode yourself, then watch it again. Rinse and repeat. Thrilling, chilling, and sickening.
The only words I can think of to describe this episode are: "The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now *I* am the master."
Or maybe this is more apropos: "Only the master of evil [Walter]"
Brilliant, brilliant show. Not a typical cliffhanger, but, in some ways, a much worse one, especially knowing that season 5 is the full and final resolution.
This episode could have ended so many ways. I was expecting Walt to off the lot of them and because there's no other kingpin, to take the chair. Perhaps, this is going to be his justice. Like in the Shield a bent cop was demoted to menial tasks, perhaps a job you don't want, like a king gangster with lots of people waiting their time, might be a fitting ending.
We have 16 more episodes left. Though, we're going to have to wait probably a year to get there.
This episode, Walt has to double guess at every step to stay ahead of the game. I would say the family tension isn't as strong as other episodes. I would say that maybe they ought to have directed more slower scenes with the tension. Unlike other series, where there's a lot of action or SFX, BB has quite a slow ending.
It's a pity we are drawn to a visual shot of the plant in Walt's garden at the end. This suggests a bit of mal practice on his part. It's a pity it wasn't alluded to much in passing before. That was the only let down. It was a lot like a USA Blade Runner, talk over explanation ending.
It was good to see Saul back. He's one of my fav characters. If he don't do stand up.. he ought to!
Breaking Bad concludes its fourth season in explosive fashion. There were some parts I did not like and it is only fair to address them. I thought they resolved everything a little too early and we had about 15 minutes of restrained jubilation with Walt and Jesse standing around realizing they were safe (I guess they were preparing for the offchance AMC did not renew the show.)
But that's a small complaint. From Gus' half fixing his suit while the other half disintegrated, to the revelation at the end that Walt will in fact use a child, you saw the lines between good and evil blurred and it was fantastic. Not since Lost has a show been this captivating on a weekly basis.
Sad to hear that the next season will be the last, but best to go out on a high note. They certainly did that this year.
This will contain tons of SPOILERS, so back out now if you haven't seen it!
When watching the Season 4 finale, it's easy to forget that the last two episodes of the season take place within the same hellish day. This is a vicious, desperate 24 hours that sees both Gus and Walter playing their best cards, because we're playing for keeps now, ladies and gentlemen. Who has the advantage? Gus, with his air-tight security and ruthless, animal poise? Or Walter, whom no one can seem to get a bead on? At this point, both have learned to treat their enemy with a respect for their intelligence. It's a game that requires strategy, instinct, and a crucial amount of luck. And with death stalking and missing the two generals at every turn, it is clear how evenly matched the two men are.
So evenly matched, in fact, that they need a third party to break the stalemate: Jesse Pinkman. For all the cunning and resolve of Gus and Walter, it's Jesse who's the queen. Jesse has replaced Walter as Gus's cash cow, and initially is the only thing standing between Walter and Gus's wrath. As relations deteriorate earlier in the season, his position as the common ground of two warring parties is perfectly clear to him, and he must at last decide where his loyalties truly lie.
The battle for Jesse's loyalty strikes very near to home when his girlfriend's son, Brock, is poisoned. In a confrontation with Walt, who he first blames, Jesse decides to cast his lot in with Walter's, and the two begin a mission to get at Gus from within his own network. After Walt's failed attempt to bomb a wary Gus, Jesse nevertheless pulls through with the tiebreaker: Hector.
Preying on Gus's one, hitherto concealed weakness of a hatred for an old enemy, Walt successfully lures Gus into his trap and finishes him in gruesome fashion. Team Meth-Cook has prevailed and left a mess so chaotic that the DEA likely won't have the slightest clue as to how to dissect it.
It seems that all is well and everyone is happy and safe once more. But as we soon learn, it was Walter, not Gus, who poisoned Brock in a bid for Jesse's loyalty.
I had my suspicions, but one of the great things about Breaking Bad is it allows you to have as many suspicions as you want, but manages to make you constantly second-guess, debate, and then give up and wait for the truth which is often ten times better than anything you had worked out in your mind.
And so, Walter's victory is well-earned, if not exactly deserved. True, he is the great puppet master, pulling the subtlest psychological strings of both friend and foe in a plan so elaborate that the slightest fracture will result in a prompt series finale with Walter and his family filled with bullet holes. His execution, intelligence, and resolve have carried the day in brilliant fashion. But... he IS a bad guy. A pretty damn BAD guy. Who would have ever thought that the quaint, pushover Chemistry teacher of the pilot would have become one of the greatest antiheroes of modern television? And that such a transformation would be believable?
As for next season, a couple things to think about: What will Brock say when he recovers? How did he get the Lily of the Valley? We never saw how he got poisoned in the first place... And there's another plot hole (likely deliberate): Jesse's lucky cigarette containing the ricin was missing when Brock became sick. Walt's explanation, which Jesse believed, was that Gus's henchman must have lifted it off him in the lab. But as Jesse finds out at the finale, Gus did not poison Brock at all. Will he realize this inconsistency?
When Mike comes back to the states, how will he react to finding his boss's organization burned to the ground, and with Walt and Jesse still prancing about merrily?
Let's not forget Ted's untimely death. (At least I think he's dead.) This is bound to have some ramifications in season 5.
When Walt narrowly dodged the men sent to kill him at his house, they would surely have looked in the crawlspace where he escaped from. Would you have taken that big bag of cash sitting there? I would have... Will Walter be content to operate a carwash for the 16 episodes scheduled next season? Doubtful. I smell a new kingpin.
i haven't seen the wire and the sopranos (yet) but i think it's safe to say this season has been one of the greatest seasons of all time!
the storytelling is just amazing, walter's transformation to heisenberg, jesse's transformation from a small time junkie/cook to a grown man with priorities, walt-skylar relationship, hank, GUS FRING, the cartel, etc. there are absolutely no gaps, everything is perfect (to me at least)
this episode is the perfect conclusion to a perfect season. i love how barely noticeable subtleties in the show contribute to the big picture (all season long gus wanted tio salamanka to look at him, and this episode he finally does just before detonating the bomb that will kill them both) that i my opinion was a beautiful touch.
the last scene isn't about gus fring's demise or his family's safety. it's about walter white, heisenberg, a man who in the duration of a couple of years have diminished his own remorse and humanity just to prove to himself and the world that he is a man to be feared.
nothing currently on television can touch Breaking Bad.
Hank: "You can find anything on the internet"
I bet you Hank can find how to make a pipe bomb on the internet...
Let's see what else he can find that takes him closer to Walt :D
Another great episode, though the finale isn't quite the cliff-hanger season 3's was, it was still an amazing ride.
My favourite part as morbid as this sounds was Gus walking out of the hospital room adjusting his tie, for a minute there you really think he's invincible.
I suspected Walt poisoned Brock from the minute Gus didn't get in his car last episode. I felt it was a giveaway, you could almost see him putting it together, Jesse telling him Brock was poisoned, Gus knowing it wasn't him that poisoned Brock.
That tip of the hand was the only thing that kept this episode from a perfect 10. It made the final shot a little anticlimactic for me. But given even that, it was still an amazing ride, even figuring what the twist was it was still worth it to watch Walter's reaction to every revelation and every move.
As far as I'm concerned the only question left is, where's Mike?
Now I have seen a slew of finals. True blood, game of thrones, burn notice. Well all the returning heavy hitters. Breaking bad broke the mold. ending in such tension u could cut it with a knife. white and gus head for a showdown and we are left guessing till the last momment who will be drug kingpin. In the end we see a turly evil mr white having killed all those who stand in his way. this to me could have ended the show thats how tight they wraped up the plot lines. Everyone figuard gus had to go but right up till the end u never knew. This felt like season 5 wants a clean sled and new storys. to me amc is telling the very best storys right know
Well, here we are; the final episode of season 4. This was pretty much everything you could hope for the final episode of the season. It happens. By "it" i refer to the demise of one Gustavo Fring. Yep, Gus died, and what a scene it was. I was expecting Hector (or whatever his name was, I know a Hector was mentioned but I don't know if it was this guy or some other guy) to kill Gus, or be a part of the killing of him (and Tyrus, who also died, but nobody really cares. he was merely in it for the ride), but the explosion that was caused. Wow. That entire moment was so intense. It was really weird to see Gus walk out of the room, half his face off (Face Off. Name of the episode. Get it?), and then him dying. I think they had it so he died so we KNEW he would die. I mean, if the scene ended with him walking out, naturally people would think he was still alive, only to find out when next season rolled along he died.
The ricin plot was interesting too. I was surprised when it was revealed Brock wasn't poisoned by Ricin. I thought it was something else entirely and he was not poisoned at all. Then it is revealed he was poisoned by the berries of a plant called the Lily of the Valley.
Walt calling Skyler and telling her he "won" and basically telling her he killed Gus was pretty interesting. I didn't know if he would tell her the truth or if he would just lie, like in the past.
And, the ending shot. The shot where, you know, we are in the White's backyard, we see a plant, and you can see the name of the plant being Lily of the Valley. Wow. I had read speculation on sites that say that they thought Walter poisoned Brock, and this confirmed it. Pretty interesting way to end the season.
This was a really good episode and a really good season finale. I loved pretty much everything about it. I really can't wait for a season 5, though I don't know how they will ever top this season. A+
Please end this series on a high note. This answered ALL questions.
This episode reminded me of when Stringer Bell was killed in The Wire. I so wasn't expecting this but at the same time was. But as the same time wasn't. It's genius.