Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 16


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 2013 on AMC
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Episode Summary

The story of Walter White, his family, and his associate, Jesse Pinkman, arrives at a close to conclude the series. (Written and directed by Vince Gilligan.)

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  • The Only Way It Could Have Ended

    I really enjoyed the series and the finale did not disappoint. The show was never about big set pieces, it was about Walt. A finale based around Walt and the aftermath of all his cumulative decisions was a smart move. I personally think they made a big deal of reminding you he passes out a lot (due to the cancer) mind you, leaving me to wonder if his big "ending" was actually a fake out, that he simply passed out again and was seen to by a police medic. I can only live in hope! The show did a fantastic job of riding the morale grey-zone, leaving you wondering if his "death" was a good or bad thing. It's this that allows the show to live on and why endings like Quantum Leap may not work.

    If I could change only one thing about the finale, it would be the final scene. I'd have LOVED it, if we'd pulled away from Walt lying on the ground, to see a fire alarm or something on the ceiling, with the fly on it again. Or, that it lands on his glasses, he slowly and calmly squishes it, smiles and dies. That's just a creative idea and doesn't change how I feel about the series.

    Overall, great series that deserves to be remembered for a long, long time. I hope "Better Call Saul" doesn't dilute the concept and become an unwanted extension of the show.

    Walt, it was you knocking and we answered the door. You slaughtered us all and we thank you for it!

  • great finale for an amazing show

    What a great series this was and how will i miss it!, it was great in so many ways and i like to thank mr Vince Gilligan for giving us this piece of perfection!
  • The finale this series deserved

    Breaking Bad got the ending it deserved in a sad, yet logical consequence of Walter White's deeds in "Felina" and the writing staff planned everything in the most crowd-pleasing way possible. That isn't a point of criticism, but just an observation of mine, seeing as the episode neither took an unexpected change of style like "Granite State" did right before with the deceleration of the plot, nor let the story end with an accumulation of tragedies in "Ozymandias" fashion, thus being a slightly more ordinary episode of the series (which is still unique compared to the bulk of other television series).

    What I mean with this is that "Felina" includes the series's most characteristic and beloved features in a manner similar to previous episodes: Walt diddles someone by simple but clever means, Walt is being underestimated by his adversaries, Walt shows his ingenious side and builds an effective tool that unbelievably works perfectly, Walt is a badass. However, I'm part of the fan base that is in love with him doing such things and "Felina" is just a wonderful hour to watch due to that. It is also a calm hour to watch, only getting loud and violent in a brilliantly photographed action scene at the hideout of Jack and his men. I have some mixed feelings about this climax though: firstly, Walt's final enemies being a bunch of ultra-violent neo-Nazis that are far more disgusting than interesting; secondly, the fact that every single one of Jack's men is located in or in front of the house and thereby able to be shot by the little construct in Walt's boot; and lastly, the way the usually smart Todd stares out of the window for a couple of seconds after surviving the massacre, instead of grabbing a gun and defending himself.

    Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with the way "Felina" wraps the plot up, killing off Walt with more honour than I could think of in what is likely the whole series's greatest feel-good moment Walt has left a legacy and can die in a meth lab, his favourite place, as he finally admits to Skyler in an outstanding conversation they share before that. The only thing that bothered me a bit when watching the episode for the first time was Jesse's fate and I still have a hard time imagining how he would lead his life after all these traumatic events, but the script does excellent work at making me hopeful.

    Altogether, "Felina" isn't perfect and not the best Breaking Bad episode, in my opinion, yet an appropriate and satisfying denouement to this grand story that creates a perfect mixture of happiness and sadness when watching it.moreless
  • Felina

    What I liked- Walt's scene with Gretchen and Elliot, Badger and Skinny Pete appearing, Jesse's daydream, Walt's goodbye scene with Skyler, Lydia being poisoned by the ricin, Walt's m60 robot machine gun, Jesse killing Todd{that made me so happy}, Walt killing Jack, Jesse getting away safely, Walt dying as the series ends...

    Great ending. They played it safe in a number of ways, and the first time I saw this I didn't like it a lot, but it has grown on me. A lot,moreless
  • Anyone who has not watch breaking bad!

    This has got to be one of my all time favorite Cranston had made this show seem like a had made the mistake of watching the show from season 3 on to the you have never watched breaking bad and you had better start. The 5 season Emmy award winning TV show is amazing in every it from were all of it begins ",do not make the mistake i had made!moreless
Robert Forster

Robert Forster


Guest Star

Matthew T. Metzler

Matthew T. Metzler

Jack's Man 4

Guest Star

Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen

Uncle Jack

Recurring Role

Jesse Plemons

Jesse Plemons


Recurring Role

Kevin Rankin

Kevin Rankin


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The Pilot episode takes place during Walt's 50th birthday. The final episode too, takes place on his 52nd birthday, as he remarks to the diner's waitress.

    • There was an alternate scene that was cut from the script which takes place during the scene where Walt is on the phone, pretending to be a reporter for the Times. In it, a former student of Walt's recognizes him and Walt pays him off and threatens him to make sure he doesn't rat him out. Before the student leaves, Walt asks him what he was like as a teacher and the student said that he was good and talks about an incident where he sprayed different chemicals at a flame and it made different colors.

    • The show's camera operator actually started crying while shooting the scene where Walt talks to Skyler for the last time, and he had to take his eye off the eyepiece of the camera.

    • Vince Gilligan did several takes on the scene where Walt's blood stained hand slides down the stainless steel tank and selected the one where the blood smear resembled a "W" for Walter White.

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    • The title of this episode is a shout out to the song "El Paso" by Marty Robbins which centers around a wanted man who goes back to the scene of the crime he committed to rescue a woman he loves, knowing full well that he's going to die.