Breaking Bad Finale Recap: Poetic Justice

Spoiler alert! If you read the following recap of Breaking Bad‘s mid-season finale, you’re going to find out what happened. So if you’re not caught up, be gone! Everyone else, proceed… 

Tonight’s Breaking Bad episode takes its name from a beautiful Walt Whitman poem. It’s a good fit — both because Leaves of Grass will play a gigantic, incriminating role as the series comes to its end next year and because the final 2012 episode was an incredibly well crafted piece of poetry. So let’s jump right in and review what happened in “Gliding Over All.”

THERE IS NO “WE” IN “ME” | As the episode opens, we see Walter in a pose we see him repeat several more times during the hour: sitting and staring. It’s odd, and it doesn’t get any less so when Todd arrives to tell him that he’s taken care of Mike’s car – cubed at the junkyard, thanks to Old Joe. The car’s previous owner, meanwhile, is unceremoniously being stored in a car’s trunk – “I don’t wanna talk about this. It had to be done,” Walt tells his new assistant, who doesn’t seem to care that a dead coworker is doing his best Samsonite impression just inches away — and before they can liquefy the recently departed ex-cop, Jesse arrives and wants to know what’s up. Mike’s “gone,” Walter informs him, leading his former partner to believe that the old man skipped town. What will “we” do about Mike’s guys, Jesse wants to know? Oh, don’t worry Jesse – Walt’s got a plan. But as White gruffly informs the younger man as he literally shuts the door in his face, he’s going to take care of everything himself.

BRANCHING OUT | Walt-as-Heisenberg meets Lydia in a restaurant, where she wants him to join her in a coffee (“I think this would play better if you would order something.” Ha!) and he wants her to give him the list of Mike’s guys. Squirrelly McTwitchalot may not always be able to put on matching shoes, but she’s no fool: She deduces that Mike isn’t “still a factor” and won’t hand over the roster – which she keeps in her head – until Walt has realized that killing her means missing out on an opportunity for overseas sales. Against his better judgment, Walt is intrigued. And in a masterful bit of acting, Laura Fraser takes Lady Banjo Eyes from frightened to ballsy in the time it takes to sip down a cup of joe. The deal, shorthanded: The Czech Republic has a lot of meth-heads; the product currently sold there is sub-par; and as Madrigal’s logistics goddess, the ability to put Walt’s blue meth in Europe is — for Lydia — “a laptop click away.” Very quickly, he agrees to her idea. She writes out the list, then makes him shake on it. “We’re going to make a lot of money together,” she says confidently before slipping on the Jackie O’s and skulking out of the place. Only then do we see that Walt has the ricin vial on his person. You better start committing lots more stuff to memory, Lyds…

SHIV AND LET DIE | After employing… let’s call them the “consulting services” of Todd’s penal-system-familiar uncle, Walt neutralizes his remaining threat. In a strike that should be studied at Harvard Business School for its planning and efficiency, all of Mike’s guys plus bacon-banana-cookie-baking lawyer Dan are offed in spectacular fashion – within two minutes – to the jaunty strains of “Pick Myself Up.” God, I love a good ironic soundtrack choice. Hank’s dejected at the news, calling the drug lords he chases “monsters.” Walt’s face when his brother-in-law says that, by the way? Orgasmic. Dude really gets off on getting away with actual murder. Is it gross or awesome, Internet nation? I can’t decide. Anyway, we’re soon treated to a tight, beautifully shot, sun-drenched montage of meth-making, exporting and money laundering, backed by Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” We see Skyler! Saul! Money! Meth! Planes! Barrels! Walt showering! It’s all upbeat and slick, which of course immediately makes me think something terrible is about to happen. The feeling lasts when Skyler brings Walt to a storage facility where she’s secretly been stashing all the cash she can’t launder. We’re talking Scrooge McDuck levels of money here. “This is it. This is what you’ve been working for,” says Mrs. White, who seems significantly less cowed by her hubby than in past episodes. She admits she doesn’t know how much is there, because there’s just too much to count. “I just stack it up, keep it dry, spray it for silverfish,” she says, which – ha! The day I have to worry about having so much money laying around that pests think they can make it their home? That will be a good day.

In stark contrast to his threats and bluster from the past few weeks, Walt is speechless. Later, we see Walt go to Jesse’s and try to pass the visit off as mere happenstance. The pair reminisce about their old Bounder RV cookmobile before Walt takes off… and leaves a few duffel bags full of money for his former partner. Jesse has a minor breakdown after; suspicious of Walt’s visit, he’d grabbed a gun before he opened the door. From the amount of shaky breathing he’s doing, I think he really planned to use it. (Side note: Line of the night might be, “Yeah. Yeah. Inertia.”) Back at the White house, Walt simply tells Skyler, “I’m out.” His face goes through about 10 emotions in half as many seconds, and all of a sudden I’m not quite as anti-Walt as I was a few weeks ago. Damn you, Cranston!

THE BIG C | A hint at Walt’s subtle shift away from menacing douchebaggery might come when we see him undergoing an MRI. After, he stares into the mirror – like we saw him do at Vamonos Pest, and in the skeevy motel room, and by the pool – and glances at the towel dispenser still bearing the dents from his punch in Season 2. Might the cancer be back? We don’t find out for sure in this episode; even if it is, though, we know he’ll still be alive – with a full head of hair — roughly a year from now. And for the moment, everything seems hunky-dory for Walt and the fam. At a backyard dinner, we see Walt and Sky chatting easily with Hank and Marie while Walter Jr. plays with Holly.  (Another side note, this time to AMC’s marketing department: If you want to send around Schraderbrau to promote the second half of Season 5, I can assure you it won’t go amiss at the TVLine offices.) Then Hank gets up to use the facilities, and absolutely everything in Walt and Skyler’s life is about to fall apart oh God I’m getting anxious all over again just writing about it! Ahem. In the loo, the DEA chief undoes his belt and sits, then grabs for some reading material… where he finds the copy of Leaves of Grass Gale gave to Walt in Season 4 and which we saw earlier in the ep during one of Walt’s showers oh God oh God oh God. The inscription reads: “To my other favorite W.W. It’s an honour working with you. Fondly G.B.” Hank immediately flashes back to the Season 4 moment when he read the journal belonging to dead Fring chemist Gale, which also mentioned “W.W.,” and teased Walter that the initials were his. In the flashback, Walt playfully puts up his hands and says, “You got me.” Back in the present, Hank is flush with new knowledge. (You didn’t think you were going to get through this whole thing without one bad bathroom pun, did you?)

Now it’s your turn. A line from the poem “Gliding Over All” reads “Death, many deaths I’ll sing.” Could that be a hint that Walter’s got a few more lives left? Or do you think his run from [insert threat here] that we saw in the Season 5 premiere will begin sooner than we thought? Has Skyler’s hope come true – has Walt’s disease returned? So many questions, so much time before anything is resolved! Take our poll below, then hit the comments and let the speculation fly!

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361 Comments
  1. Adam Benson says:

    Why would you leave such a incriminating piece of evidence in plain sight where your DEA AGENT brother in law could find it? I like that Hank is figuring it out but that was kinda dumb.

    • Rock Golf says:

      It wasn’t evidence. It was just a book with Walt’s initials.

      • I know it wasnt actual evidence but Walt should know if Hank reads the cover he will piece it together, think he would have the book hidden somewhere

        • Dyl says:

          Maybe Walt didn’t know that Gale had written the note on the inside and just put it in the bathroom without even thinking about it. I can see how that would happen

          • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

            Maybe not, but the book has appeared several times in the show. He sits reading it in Sunset and he unpacks it again in Hazard pay this season. It has been around all along just waiting to get found.

          • seattlejohn449 says:

            maybe Skylar put it there without knowing its significance and since it was under the magazines Walt didn’t know

          • Dash says:

            So your theory is that Walt had a gift from Gale, a guy he ordered killed, had been reading said book, and never noticed an inscription???!!! That is beyond stupid.

        • You’re such a Canadian – critical thinking is not your strong point.

          This isn’t evidence. This alone is NOT enough for Walt to think it could be. Thus, why it’s in the bathroom for anyone to read.

          *Only* the earlier journal stating W.W., is what in turn, makes this turn into evidence. This is not “dumb”, but actually a very effin’ realistic way of finally having Hank catch onto Walt.

          • Dr. Who says:

            Hey, Kraut McNasty – are you responding to Canadian Steeler Fan or Adam Benson?

          • Poophead says:

            It’s called irony, the episode was about Walt covering his tracks… going above and beyond killing all those people in prison when in the end it was a stupid mistake that got him. I can’t think of a better way for Hank to find out than something simple like the book mentioned long ago in another season. It was well thought out and well written.

          • amanda says:

            so true. sooooooo true.

          • TeddyNuge says:

            Don’t insult all of Canada you jackass! No wonder so many other countries have an issue with us – it’s because of assholes like you. Apologies to Canadians for this idiot’s comment!

          • Dave D says:

            Dear Kraut,
            I had one of ‘those beer exploding through the nose’ moments, literally crying with laughter when you attempted to expose Canadians as short on ‘critical thinking’.

            Compared to the average citizen of the United Snakes, Canadians are the very embodiment and definition of ‘critical thinking’ -although I’m sure you must have meant ‘analytical thinking’ since ‘critical thinking ‘ is something else entirely’.

            I apologize for the distance off-topic of this post, but for nothing else.

            Since you have chosen to dis my country with this smug and patronizing comment I guess I have to respond in kind. Not to worry. It won’t take long.

            Here’s a list of possibly facetious headlines that might illustrate the point:

            ‘Americans lead each other to Fiscal Cliff, lemming gene suspected!’
            ‘American financial system in ruins, architects of the disaster reinstated, congratulated by president’
            ‘Financial regulation eschewed in US..president cites,’ if it ain’t broke, why fix it??’
            ‘Americans shoot themselves/each other in record numbers, gun deaths in The US in the tens of thousands!’
            ‘Average American cannot name the capitol of the state which ajoins his!’
            ‘American HMO demands arm and leg for cancer treatment, relegating former middle class family to homeless shelter!’
            ‘American send more of their young off to pointless,deadly, costly, unwinnable wars in record numbers!’
            ‘Potential congressman cites faith in the hidden rejection mechanism of rape victim to abort fetus!’
            ‘US has ten times the rate of incarceration of any other developed country, effectively reinstating slavery. Inmates used as cheap labor by private companies!’
            And of corse there are some names that are jokes in and of themselves
            ‘Donald Trump’
            Charlie Sheen’
            and on and on. Ad nauseum. en veritas.
            In fact, seen objectively it’s a wonder you Gringos haven’t blown yourselves up already. Let the evidence show that there is no one more black-belt, generically stupid than the average American.

            As for this ‘W.W’ book, well here’s a thought, and one for you Kraut. It might possibly enhance your non existent powers of ‘critical thinking’.
            This book IS evidence, of criminal conspiracy at the very least, for reasons previously, and obviously stated. Since Hank is an officer of the court, and since he now has oodles of probable cause, he can..
            That’s right..GET A WARRANT! seize the contents of Walt’s house,probably discovering the existence of the storage locker in the process and sort out the evidence, all extenuating circumstances aside.
            But I think we all know this probably won’t happen.

          • Andrew Brannigan says:

            You know, Dave, it’s not like it would be lost on anybody that you have every right to feel insulted by the asinine comments left by this imbecile Kraut, but do you really think that entitles you to spew your vehement anti-American rhetoric all over this posting board? Guys like that don’t represent the average American any more than Stephen Wright embodies everything about the average Canadian. Stooping to his level and making a fool of yourself doesn’t do anything for you, it certainly doesn’t gain you any sympathy which being the bigger person would have and it tells everyone that essentially, you’re equally asinine and just as much of an imbecile. I’m at a loss to explain why your tired and formulaic critique of US domestic and foreign policy would do anything to further the argument that the average American is a moron. And if that was the case, then imagine what a sad state of affairs it must be for our kindly neighbors to the north, who armed with this supposed superior intellect, are still nothing but a glorified lap dog of the US. Canadian “culture” is wholly comprised of hockey, ice-fishing, and the heavy export of self deprecating comedians who can’t get out of Canada fast enough. For the first hundred years of your history your people forged an identity based on some supposed bond with the UK, Newfoundland only becoming part of Canada as late as 1949. The United States is your largest trade partner, provides for the defense of your people and is responsible for providing a large percentage of the entertainment that Canadians enjoy – including the very series that you came to this sounding board to post about. Sorry, aboot. As a guy who grew up an hour from the Canadian border in Upstate New York who holds two Masters Degrees and has been employed as a teacher in a university overseas for six years, I think that you might be eating your words about Americans being as dumb as you would like to have us perceived. Here’s a loonie’s worth of free advice for you: “If you’re arguing on the internet, you’ve already lost.” Why not lighten up a little bit? I’ll offer an apology on behalf of my inbred countryman if you’ll agree to quit being so sensitive. By the way, the capital of New York State is Albany, New York borders Vermont, capital Montpelier, New Jersey, capital Trenton, Massachusetts, capital Boston, Connecticut, capital Hartford, and Pennsylvania, capital Harrisburg. We also share an international border with the Canadian provinces of Quebec, capital Quebec City – not Montreal! And Ontario, capital Toronto. Your national capital, Ottawa is also located in this province. Now why don’t you go back to igloo, have some pancakes with maple syrup and count your Monopoly money. Just kidding. Buddy says bye.

          • Phineous says:

            Ha ! “critical thinking not your strong point”? Perhaps you should look beyond “evidence” and understand the deeper implications of that connection. It’s huge, and it’s the second time that it has happened…and with the same people involved. Now that hank knows (doesn’t need solid forensic proof, just knowing is fine), now that he knows, it changes everything and they will simply focus everything on Walter, probably without letting him know that they know. So busted !

          • mindy says:

            It’s about psychology. Walter is bitten by the power bug. Keeping the book feeds his ego and reminds him that he is in control and that he took over the meth making business and that no one else makes better meth than he does. It’s a TOKEN and he is willing to take the chance of it being found. And how many things has he gotten himself out of? His cavalier attitude is purposeful, because ultimately it isn’t about the money, it’s about the thrill of figuring out a way to get out of each outlandish situation he’s confronted with. It’s the first time he has “lived” It’s also about his part of the company that he sold for $5000. He felt that he settled, and he will never do that again-he wanted to attain more money, not because he needed it, but because he needed to show himself he could achieve what his partners had ended up doing with the company.

        • breakingbadfan00 says:

          I have always thought, and still do that this is how Walt will ultimately incriminate himself…..Remember the very first episode? Walt left a somewhat detailed message on a video camera out in the desert when things went haywire with Krazy 8 and Emilio. He said he was sorry to his family and it showed the RV along with who knows what else….That video camera was never found. I think “we” find it this season.

      • Ink says:

        The book could be key evidence in a number of ways. First, it may be used along with other non-conclusive evidence to establish probable cause for a search warrant or at minimum justify a DEA investigation of Walter. Second, Gail’s fingerprints might be recoverable from the book- a partial palm print from where he wrote the message perhaps. Third, a handwriting expert together with the similar passage in Gail’s diary could establish a link between Gail and Walter even without a fingerprint. Finally, because paper is porous and absorbent, exposure of it to meth precursor vapors or gasses can leave a testable residue.

        • Kasey says:

          Dude! Lawyer? Or watch a lot of procedurals? :)

        • The BOOK was discovered without a SEARCH WARRANT! Using things you found without a search warrant as a basis for obtaining a search warrant, may render such things inadmissable as evidence because, well, it is like a snake swallowing itself by the tail… And the potential DESTRUCTION of the whole family, including Walt’s children, Hank’s wife, the sister of Skylar, …… and the idea of Hank the detective brother in law revealing to Walt that the book had his initials in it. THE ACE IN THE HOLE! Would a detective really show his as-yet un-introduced evidence, which may not even be introduceable as evidence, would he brazenly show this to the man he KNOWS is the villain? WHAT KIND OF DETECTIVE would show his hand like this? and more important, if I thought of this, I who am not a lawyer, or a cop or a script writer, don’t you think the professionals have thought of this?

          • Genuine Realist (@fdberry) says:

            Sorry, junior lawyer. This kind of inadvertent discovery by a brother in law doesn’t require anything at all. Hank was an invited guest, and not there as a law enforcement officer. No Fourth Amendment issue.

            If you want the most unrealistic detail in the whole series, it was Hank buying into an accident happening while outside the RV. Any officer that good – or much less good – would check with his dispatcher before leaving. It would take all of ten seconds.

          • Ha, you’re an idiot. This was discovered without permission to enter the house, and this was also in plain view.

            Ha, what a turd.

          • Blake says:

            I think the point being missed here is that this is not EVIDENCE. It is something which put Hank on the scent of Walter. Whether the book will be able to be admitted as evidence or not is irrelevant. I’m sure once Hank is on Walter’s scent, he will find a mountain of evidence. The book is merely a catalyst for what’s to come…..

          • Andrew Brannigan says:

            Of course the book was discovered without a search warrant – Hank was only looking for something to read, he wasn’t actually looking for something that would link Walt to the Blue Meth. But now that he’s made a connection between Walt and Gale, it’s only a matter of time until Walt’s secrets are revealed. Now that the wheels in Hank’s head are turning, this is what he’s bound to deduce: Walt has been prone to disappear for stretches of time. Skyler has been living in a state of fear. Walt and Skyler have been spending a lot of money that they didn’t seem to have before – they went from being worried about medical bills to purchasing a business and new cars. Hank knows that Walt is a chemist by trade and therefore has the knowledge required to manufacture meth. It also won’t be lost on Hank that Walt is connected to Jesse Pinkman. And let’s not forget that the mask found out in the desert was from Walt’s school where quite a few other things had gone missing. He might not know immediately how it all fits together, but there are still to many loose ends remaining, and it would only take the unraveling of one to bring Walt down. If Hank and Marie put pressure on Skyler to talk or if Hank just simply has a tail put on Skyler and she leads him to the storage unit, it’s curtains for the whole ruse. And that will be Hank’s logical next step. To drive a wedge between Walt and Skyler, to use Skyler to get the evidence he needs. I was an English major in college and I winced when Walt told Hank that the “W.W.” stood for Walt Whitman. Had he lied and said “William Wordsworth” maybe Hank might have skipped right over that book. In any case, the real suspense is waiting to see just how the writers will handle the tension that has developed between former partners Walt and Jesse. In the beginning, Walt was a tyro who needed Jesse’s help in getting started. They had some major issues right off the bat but the two of them stuck it out and muddled through, and their loyalty to one another kept them both alive. But if Jesse was to learn that Walt could have saved Jane and didn’t, or that Walt was the one who poisoned Brock, that would be the death knell for any reconciliation. In fact, it’s certain that if Jesse knew the truth about Walt, he would want to kill him and Walt would have to do it first. And that scenario could even come into play a lot more easily than that. If Walt thinks that Jesse is enough of a liability to him, he might look to take him out. It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that Jesse was packing the whole time Walt was in his house. He knows Walt killed Emilio, Krazy-8, Fring and Mike. Jesse knows that Walt is capable of unpredictable things. When Jesse finds out that Walt was behind the spate of prison murders, he’ll realize the danger he might be in. And Walt is in real trouble if things don’t go well with Todd. The kid seems like he wants to learn, but he’s proven himself to be a cold-blooded killer and he’s well connected so he’s in a position to try and intimidate Walt into giving him a bigger share. We’re definitely in for an exciting ride with the rest of the last season. Pity we have to wait so long for it!

          • jc says:

            I think for the show, the question would be one about duty.

            hank is an egotist extreme. Also he is a truly honest cop.
            Yet his behaviour around walt junior around underage drinking and at the time of the “weed incident” indicates he is a little corruptible when it comes to his family.

            additionally, there is the fact that he has just enjoyed having his wife ‘toned down’ by having his nephew and niece stay over.

            His dilemma is now staged as the primary thing to be resolved in part deux.

            Cant wait!!

          • Ummm … Hank does not have to use the book as evidence. He will just go into bloodhound mode until he busts Walt.

      • Mike says:

        C’mon know “To my other favorite W.W.”?

        “From G.B.”?

        All written on a page inside a copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in Walter’s bathroom?

        It may not be evidence that can be used but it is enough for Hank to know Walter was involved with Gale Boetticher.

        • DariusW says:

          Yeah, whether or not the book itself can be used as evidence isn’t even the point. The point is that now, for the first time, Hank has a reason to look at Walter, to eventually investigate him. Prior to this he had no reason whatsoever to ever in his wildest dreams IMAGINE that his beloved brother in law COULD even be mixed up in something like this. And Hank, for all his bluster, loudness, and smartassedness is very good at investigating.

          • Phineous says:

            Yes DariusW is completely right. This isn’t about evidence…it’s about focus of suspicion. But lot’s of peripheral issues involved in this scenario. Hank’s recovery care was funded by that money (however unwittingly), and there is the in law / family factor to consider…..It just may end up with Hank helping Walter erase all traces of the past to him, and then they all live with the secrets. But that would be too easy, and that’s not what these writers are about. I’m just sorry it’s the final season.

        • Luke says:

          Regarding it being evidence or not, that’s irrelevant. All it does it tells Hank that Walter worked with Gale at some point, and left a big impression on him.

          Walter could say that he once worked with Gale at a university or something, since they are both chemists. He could say he didn’t tell Hank that he knew Gale because he was scared of being questioned and investigated etc. especially when he was at that time apparently gambling illegally. But the fact that he didn’t tell Hank he knew Gale is good reason for Hank to strongly suspect Walter being involved in the meth.

        • Alex says:

          Not only that, remember how George, Hank’s chief said “I was having BBQ with Fring in my backyard etc.. Right under my nose.” I think that Hank won’t reveal his suspicion yet, but he will put it together. Remember how Walt got in a car crash right outside the laundry?

    • J. May says:

      It seemed like a convenient thing to have in the bathroom, of all places. I didn’t like the Deus Ex Machina feeling of what happened.

      • bjork says:

        Deus Ex Machina? Wow – you must be really smart…btw…what the h*ll are you talking about?

        • J. May says:

          In this case I mean it was way too convenient for that particular book with that particular inscription to be in that particular place for Hank to pick up and see. It felt like lazy writing to me. That’s what I’m talking about. Sorry, didn’t mean to write above your grade level.

          • dash says:

            tanks for de explanashun

          • Genuine Realist (@fdberry) says:

            It’s not deus ex machina. It’s the kind of inconspicuous lead that happen in real life. No one, not even Walt, gets every last detail right.

          • dash says:

            To J. May: Thanks Nancy and Genuine Realist for your responses. To J. May – Suck it!

          • ohlala says:

            haha love it j. may put those idiots in their places. some of the people on this site leave a lot to be desired with their intelligence. . . sigh

      • Nancy says:

        IMO the device used here is not as much deus ex machina as it is “Chekhov’s gun.” For it to be DEM, the book would have had to have been contrived for the express purpose of solving a problem within the plot; in this case Hank needing a lead that would eventually force him to suspect Walt. When the book was introduced in season 2(?) it served to demonstrate Walt’s status as a mentor and as a symbol both of his ego and Gale’s comparative innocence, and therefore had independent literary merits. It seems Hank finding the book was more a case of bad fortune which, according to Plato, is an entirely appropriate way to end a tragedy.

    • Botzmaster says:

      Walter clearly knows not to leave that book anywhere that would be shared with Hank, he’s a gosh damn mastermind. He is trying to work out an end game i which he can get “out” so to speak without ruining his life and possibly the lives of his whole family and his DEA brother in laws career, he just wants to control how Hank figures this all out because I’m sure he knows hank is on to him in the first place… In the end Walt is gonna walk off into eternity because that is what he deserves and His family is going to end up thinking he either croaked from cancer, his brother in law still gets everything he needs to take down lydia and possibly his new dangerous partners. Jesse is gonna be Walts legacy the only one who will deservedly walk away totally clean

      • Michael says:

        I must be watching a different show. I don’t think that Hank could have been LESS on to him before he read that book. There was no indication whatsoever that Hank suspected Walt of wrongdoing.

        • Hank may be secretly a very canny fellow. his innocence reminds me of the bungling sweetness of Columbo.

          • Dash says:

            No secret. Hank is very smart. All he had is the initials W.W. and no other reason to suspect his brother-in-law is a Meth Kingpin.

        • Pearl says:

          Absolutely correct, Michael. We can’t just make sh*t up. At no time in the series were we given anything to show Hank suspected Walt.

          • Genuine Realist (@fdberry) says:

            Maybe Hank suspected for a nanosecond when the first ‘WW’ came up. But he dismissed the thought at once.

            Now, however, the whole house of cards will fall. Once Hank even considers WW as a suspect, that whole absurd premise that the new found wealth is gambling winnings goes up in smoke. Etc.

        • What we need to remember is that this is a FICTION, and that it must not, to some extent, violate the “framework of believable reality”…it must hold together or else it will collapse into unbelievable and boring soapy junk or comic book plot. To the person who called me a Junior Lawyer, I clearly said I was NOT a lawyer; however the character of the lawyer within the plot, has pulled off some amazing and unrealistic legal maneuverings, and we are expect\ed as veteran watchers of televised courtroom dramas, to cite case law and other creative ideas. However, there are many reasons why Hank would not —-within the framework of believable reality—-elect NOT to pursue a legal course of action against his brother in law, and a good sleazy lawyer, in a courtroom, who points out that all of Hank’s recuperative medicine and therapy was paid for by Walter’s largesse, and therefore much of what Hank would say on the witness stand could be made to appear to be tainted…also what kind of detective would be living as closely as Hank and Walter and not have a CLUE for all this time? fear of being a laughingstock would enter into it, if we allow our own creative minds to pursue this line of scripting. ALSO Hank is very good at looking like he really does not know all that much, but we do know that he has an eccentric rock collecting keen, never sleeping analytical mind. I am very interested to see how this fantastic complex plot resolves itself. Part of its magic is that its audience is CROAKING to figure out how it will play out.

          • bjork says:

            Hermine, I really don’t know what you’re talking about. “…and we are expected as veteran watchers of televised courtroom dramas, to cite case law and other creative ideas.” Huh? Has someone been hitting the sauce pretty hard today?? Somehow, I don’t think this series will culminate in the courtroom. You’re the one that’s been going on about search warrants and inadmissable evidence. Sheesh – talk about missing the boat…

        • DariusW says:

          I completey agree.

        • Andrew Brannigan says:

          I’m not sure that I completely agree with you on that one. Keep in mind that occasionally we’re shown snippets of things that have happened in the past that give us new insight to the situation in the present. Good examples of this would be the flashback to Jesse pissing away the bulk of Walt’s money in the strip club and Fring’s meeting with Don Eladio. I got the distinct impression that there was real tension there when Hank asked Walt about W.W. Just because it hasn’t been revealed yet, we don’t have any reason not to believe that Hank very well may have his suspicions about Walt. The truth is, Hank is a great detective. He was right about Fring and he followed his instincts all the way and it paid off. He found the lab, he made the connection between Los Pollos Hermanos and Madrigal, he knew Mike was involved somehow. We have to give Hank some credit. It wouldn’t even take A-1 detective work to see a few things: Hank knows that Jesse is somehow involved with the blue meth. Hank knows that Walt is somehow connected to Jesse. Hank knows that the mask found in the desert came from the school where Walt taught, and quite a few other things had gone missing from the chemistry department there as well, beakers and flasks and all kinds of items you’d need to cook. Hank knows that Walt and Sky went from being worried about paying bills to purchasing a business and buying a few new cars. He knows that Walt has been known to disappear for days at a time with weak excuses. He knows that Skyler is afraid – so afraid that she thinks the kids shouldn’t be anywhere near Walt. And finally, Hank knows that Walt is a trained chemist. He was the co-founder of a multi-billion dollar a year corporation. He’s obviously very good at what he does. If Hank had put all that together, he would have come to the conclusion that Walt “has the capability and the motive” to cook. So, why wouldn’t he have said anything? Well, he’s still somewhat immobile. He probably wouldn’t want to ask Gomez to tail his own brother-in-law. He also doesn’t want to broach the topic with Marie because of her relationship with Skyler. Who can he tell? He can’t come right out and ask Walt. But we have no reason to believe that Hank didn’t have a slight suspicion already.

      • CBF says:

        He doesn’t need an endgame anymore. He is the dangerous one now. And he loves it. The whole point of this season has been that he doesn’t want out anymore. He could have walked away free and clear when Gus died, he didn’t, he went right back to cooking. As he said, he is “building an empire”

    • libby says:

      it’s due to Walt being so arrogant, thinking he got away with it all, that no one is smart enough to catch him. He basically sat himself up to be caught…love the episode, love the series, such smart TV

      • Michael says:

        Absolutely. We aren’t just talking about a mastermind. We are talking about an egomaniacal sociopath who is arrogant enough to make a mistake like this. The book in the bathroom wasn’t merely a convenient prop for Hank to find.

        • I. Ram says:

          Michael – I completely agree. Walt’s undoing basically, is his narcissism, ego and sociopathic tendencies. Everyone (and I mean everyone, including his family) is a means to an end. There are two possibilities for the WW book, either: 1) in a moment of unbelievable idiocy and uncharacteristic naivete, he places the book in a place where it can be found; or 2) he left the book there because somewhere, deep down, he wants to be discovered. I think Walt thinks so highly of himself, he relishes the recognition and attention (not so unlike say, a serial killer leaving clues for the police…)

    • Genuine Realist (@fdberry) says:

      No one thinks of everything. Walt has had quite a bit on his plate. And it is such an inconspicuous detail!

    • John says:

      Hubris makes people do dumb things. It’s well established that Walt isn’t lacking for hubris.

    • phil says:

      He left it laying around because he’s so cocky that he doesn’t think it would matter. He gets off on almost getting caught, but still getting away with things.

    • Johnnie says:

      Perhaps this is where Sky begins her dark destructive behavior into getting Walt finally out of her families life. I could see how the series could end with her actually pulling some strings of her own. After all, she is Walt’s “Achilles Heel”. If left with the decision to go down or let her win I think he may have to be put down. But then again this was always about his family.
      J.R.

  2. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    Insane. Now you have to wonder, is that pile of money big enough to make even Hank turn a blind eye (bribe)? Or will Walt have to off Hank? And there is no way Walt is really out.

    • seattlejohn449 says:

      Doesn’t he have business responsiblities with those drug dealers that bought the stolen methyalamine(sp?) as well as his new deal with the eastern European meth dealers under Lydia’s manipulative expertise to honor? How can he either waltz or Walter his way out of that?

      • CBF says:

        With the amount of money his “new partners” just pulled in (if the storage unit is any indication) and given that he never ceded control to any of them, in fact that whole “say my name” bit would indicate he is the one calling the shots. There was never any indication that any of his new distribution network came even within sniffing distance of Fring’s capabilities. If the source dries up, they would move on. The biggest danger to Walt now is himself and Hank.

    • reallyreallylike says:

      Prediction: Hank is not going to Break Bad.

      Whatever else he does, Hank won’t take a bribe. (Unless as part of a sting.)

      • Ruin says:

        he ends up committing suicide in the final

      • Andrew Brannigan says:

        That ending (Hank offing himself) would make zero sense. There are a lot of “Reservoir Dogs” references in the series, the most basic being Walter and Jesse’s surnames – I wouldn’t be surprised if Gilligan decided to end the series in a way that pays homage to the ending of that movie. Maybe something like this: Jesse learns that Walter stood idly by while Jane was dying, or he learns that Walter was the one who poisoned Brock, or both… So Jesse goes after Walter, finds him, has him at gunpoint, is in the midst of telling him what a reprehensible human being he’s become when… Hank comes in. Hank draws on Jesse and tells him to drop the gun. “It’s all over”, he tells them. But Jesse is consumed by rage and can’t abide Walter being taken in. He wants to make him pay for what he’s done… Jesse shoots Walter, Hank shoots Jesse. Hank stands alone between the two bodies. Fade to black.

  3. Joe says:

    Looks like the theory posted on uproxx might come to fruition. Walt gets busted. Blames Jessie. Turns informant.

    • TV Gord says:

      That would be so out of character for Walt, it’s just ridiculous.

      • Joe says:

        Not so far fetched. Would Walt dump Jessie for his family. Yes. Read Uproxx. Theory illustrates that Walt was concealing a wire in this season’s opening episode.

        • CM says:

          Walt can’t be an informant, remember the intro from the season premiere? Walt is on the run, so obviously Hank puts everything together and Walt has to become a fugitive.

          • Billy says:

            Is Walt really on the run, or hiding behind some witness protection scheme? false ID, new life, having to stay away from his family, Skyler etc. and acting out the steps as if it were his birthday, when really it isn’t *his* birthday at all.

            Although maybe he pinned the whole thing on her?

          • Genuine Realist (@fdberry) says:

            Walt in the first episode is buying guns illegally, with the inference that someone is after him. So he isn’t in witness protection.

            The entire series has been a morality play. So I expect Walt’s life to unravel in just about every way, except death.

          • reallyreallylike says:

            I wonder if Walter invested in a Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro?

          • Michelle says:

            Or, Walt works out a deal with Hank (as previously suggested by another commentator) to let him off the hook so that Marie (Hank’s wife), Skyler and the kids are spared the consequences.
            Let’s face it, exposing and busting Walt would destroy Hank too, because of what it would do to the family. So he lets Walt disappear. In exchange he gets to find the money and bust the overseas drug network and be a hero, without bringing Walt into the equation. It’s a win win.
            Mind you, I can’t imagine why we had to see Walt with a beard at the beginning of the season. It spoils the enjoyment and suspense of fretting whether he was going to get killed, go to jail or whatever, that we had in previous seasons.

        • TV Gord says:

          Aside from Walt’s son-like feelings for Jesse, Walt’s ego would not let someone else take the credit for being the mastermind behind the whole operation.

          • tripoli says:

            Bingo! No way is he willing to take a back seat, even if it was better for him in the end. Giving the credit/blame to someone else is impossible for Walt to do at this point. He’s way too smug and egotistical.

          • Yes. he did say I AM EISENBURG! with pride and strength, facing down armed thugs. He appeared larger than life and as vain as an ancient Roman Caesar when he said that. Eisenburg means mountain of iron. a name of Wagnerian proportions.

          • bjork says:

            to Hermine Stover: WRONG. His name is not Eisenburg, it’s HEISENBERG – so your Wagnerian metaphor is definitely OFF.

          • Markymark says:

            Let’s face it, he’s going to die in jail with his age and health anyway of he isn’t murdered first. There’s no point him going down as a bit part player when he can be one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world.

          • TigerNightmare says:

            Hermine, Eisenberg is the guy who created Facebook. Heisenberg is the famous scientist Walter named his alias after.

          • TigerNightmare says:

            Er, I mean, Eisenberg played the guy who created Facebook. Anyway…

  4. a says:

    I feel like an idiot, but I don’t remember the book that Hank found, nor do I remember the dedication at all. Can someone explain that??

  5. Joe says:

    Also Walt likely does not have cancer due to him having hair on his 52nd birthday in this seasons premier episode….

  6. Charee says:

    What is the significance of the book a the end of the show

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      It finally ties Walter to Gale, the chemist he had Jessie kill.

      • Michelle says:

        Just read the plot summary preceding all these comments – like everyone else did – it explains it all. You’re not the only one who cant remember some obscure detail from an episode in some previous season.

    • ohlala says:

      if you didn’t get it, then you either missed a bunch of episode or you should just stop watching and get back to so you think you can dance

  7. Erik Sternberger says:

    Breaking Bad nails it with another perfect ending.

  8. J Evans says:

    Is someone able to expand on the W.W. flashback? Thanks

  9. Zach says:

    Wait please explain exactly what hank just saw. I’m confused

  10. Frizzllefry says:

    Crap!!! Gotta wait a year now :( Walt, in the addition of the Hank problem has to deal with all of his local and now international distributers who are not going to be thrilled about losing a steady paycheck. Who knows what Lydia has up her sleeve… she may proove to be more dangerous than the guys who took over Mikes distribution.

    Guess we all have to wait. Hats off to the writers and actors… see you next year!

  11. Jake says:

    Can someone explain to me what the deal is with the book and the connection that hank made?…thank you!

  12. Vegas_Victor says:

    What book did Hank find?! And what was he remembering?? Someone please explain …??

  13. Jake says:

    Walk left the book there on purpose….that will get you guys thinking

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      you’re an evil genius. :)

    • Mombydoodle says:

      EXACTLY! Could this be what he means by “I’m out?” Cancer comes back, DEA purposely clued in and on his tale, good excuse to run and leave Skyler to her “old life” with her children “safely” back home with her.

      Don’t forget the ricin. Walt is saving that one for HIMSELF! No ego-maniac like Walt would let himself be taken or killed. ( and I mean besides the law, he won’t let cancer do the taking either.)

      In the end we know Hank will be the real hero (for simply remaining true: the honest and devoted cop and family man) and in a totally bizarre and twisted way, Walt will have provided for his family after his death, which was his original intention anyway.

      Jesse? I think Walt was trying to “provide” for him too by giving him the money he owed him. And then leaving Jesse alone to try to put a life together for himself. (what kind of a life could that be, except one of a pitifully guilt-ridden murderer and drug addict? If he lives, he will turn himself in.)

      • Robyn says:

        I think that we should consider the charactor of Hank more closely.
        The man is far from a hero if this is a morality play.
        He suffers from hubris just as much as Walt.
        He has in the past taken credit when it was not deserved and boasting.
        He is violent and enjoys getting his rocks off by beating up on people.
        He can lose control as with Jessie’s beating.
        He is at heart quite weak, remember the panic attacks.
        He is however fiercely protective of his family as with when he thought Marie was in hospital.

        While I write this I think it is interesting to think about similarities and differences between Hank and Walt?

  14. J Evans says:

    Thanks, Joe. That explains it!

  15. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    Since people keep asking. The book inscription is the same as what Hank found in Gale’s journal to a W.W. Hank and Walt talked about it and Walt told Hank that it was from a Walt Whitman poem.

    • do713tk says:

      Do you know what the inscription said?

      • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

        Not off the top of my head but you can find Gale’s journal online and compare that to tonight’s ep. The first time Walt meets Gale this happens:

        At his first day of work at the superlab, Walt meets his new assistant, Gale Boetticher, a specialist in X-ray crystallography with a libertarian attitude regarding the use of drugs by consenting adults.

        “I love the lab,” Gale enthuses after he and Walt create their first batch. “It’s all still magic.” Prompted by Walt, Gale recites “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer,” Walt Whitman’s poem about the exhilaration of experiencing scientific wonders first-hand. “Yes, I am a nerd,” Gale laughs.

        Then later Gale give Walt the Leaves of Grass book which contains this poem and writes that inscription on it.

        • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

          In the lab journal it says “To W.W. My Star, My Perfect Silence” on the first page.

        • Tamara says:

          Wow you fans are amazing in your knowledge of the show. I have never been on this site until this episode when I missed the point and needed some answers.

          • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

            I posted the exact quotes from both the journal and the book at the bottom. Had to go back to the DVR to get the book quote.

  16. kristen good says:

    The Walt Whitman book was a gift from Gale (Gus’s chemist.) Hank found a notebook in Gale’s house after his murder, and in it had the intials W.W. Hank (being provocative) suggested it stood for Walter White. Walter quickly answered…”Or Walt Whitman.”

  17. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    I like the theory that Walt is setting Jessie up to take the fall. Even Walt didn’t know about the storage unit full of money. He sets up Jessie to take the fall, and walks with that pile of cash. Except I am guessing the guys he made the deal with over the precursor are not going to be happy, and hence he needs that machine gun lol.

    • tripoli says:

      I’m really hoping Jesse takes the cash and just gets the hell outta dodge. He’s clearly on edge in regards to Walt and his intentions, so why take a risk and stick around?

  18. kristen good says:

    The inscription said: To Walter White, my second favorite W.W.”

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      It doesn’t say Walter White, just W.W.

      • Ian says:

        it says “to my other favorite W.W.”

        • English says:

          This page is amazing. I am a die hard breaking bad fan. However, I wish people of the world would stop writing, “it said.”. Only people can ‘say’ or have ‘said’. When referencing something in writing, the verb to be used is, “it read or it reads.”. Paper or billboards or messages do not speak, only people speak, therefore everything else reads…

          • well says:

            You could argue that paper or billboards or messages do not read either, in which case the proper construction would be “it is written on [] that []”. Or “The inscription was: []”
            Just let it go, and focus on errors like they’re their there.

  19. STK says:

    For next year, keep in mind what it would mean to a DEA agent in charge to have a family member as a drug kingpin. It’s not as simple as cuffing him and taking him in, Hank will have major career issues for not having figured it out before. It will be interesting to see if the writers see the same angle.

  20. nathangregg says:

    What Episode did gale give walt that book

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      It appears in Sunset and reappears this season in Hazard Pay. I’m not positive we actually see Gale give it to him or not.

  21. Kevin says:

    Does anybody remember the episode where Gale gave Walt the book kept in the restroom? (unless it happened off screen?)

  22. Laura says:

    Song selection was right on. Crystal Blue Persuasion. I cracked up when it started to play.

  23. Ina says:

    Any bets on who swallows the ricin before the end? That vial is Chekhov’s gun and has to kill someone before the show is over.

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      Hank 100%

      • Gordon Gekko says:

        Here’s a thought; Walt tries to poison Hank with the ricin, but somehow it ends up getting into Skyler or Walt Jr’s hands instead. I don’t think either one of them are going to make it out of this series alive, although Walt wouldn’t kill them intentionally. This could end up being Walt’s breaking point.

        • Ashley says:

          I think Walt would absolutely kill Skylar intentionally. Does he really have any morals anymore, and does he even value Skylar’s copmpany anymore? I wouldn’t be surprised if Skylar threatens to finally turn on him and he offs her. Although I don’t think that’s what will happen. But Walt would definitely do it if it was convenient for him

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      holly. that will be Skylar’s breaking point where she agrees to testify against Walt and Hank gets her and Walt Jr. out of town. It will also be poetic justice for Walt’s own kid to get poisoned with the same substance he pretended to poison the other kid with (and ended up poisoning with something slightly less harmful). The flash forward is Walt figuring out where Skylar is hiding and going after her. The ending to this episode notwithstanding, Walt has reached an abusive point where he would never let his wife leave him without severe punishment for her actions.

      • seattlejohn449 says:

        you mean like a serious Tom Cruise Scientology moment with the wayward wife? my guess is Walter ends up an international druglord and lives (happily?) ever after but everyone else dies

      • Walt never tried to poison a child with ricin. However when the child showed up with symptoms of poisoning, Walt and Jesse went nuts trying to find the ricin in the cigarette pack and elsewhere. However the child had eaten berries from Lily Of The Valley, which is a commonly grown and poisonous plant. So let’s get our poisoned child scenario straight.

        • Dash says:

          to Hermine: No, Walt never poisoned the boy with Ricin – HE POISONED HIM WITH LILY OF THE VALLEY – DUH…maybe you were high when the camera panned to the Lily of the Valley plant in Walt’s backyard, and then later in his trunk before he disposed of it. Time to get your facts straight.

          • tripoli says:

            Exactly. It’s such a major plot point. I’m not sure how people are so confused. Walt’s gone bad everybody, get on board.

          • I am NEVER high. And I missed seeing Walt poison the child with Lily Of The Valley, although I remember seeing the plants in the film. I thought that was merely to indicate that they are commonly grown EVERYWHERE. That they are a very popular garden plant from coast to coast. Children commonly eat things, especially bright coloured things, and Lily Of The Valley is high on the list of poisonous plants NOT to be in the garden if one has, for one example, pet dogs. How and when did he poison the child with Lily Of The Valley berries? Honestly, nobody in our home who watched this series saw this. What motive would he have had to poison the child? I am asking this as a serious question, because what you suggest, totally evaded my perception.

          • dash says:

            to Hermine: Walt poisoned Brock in order to get Jesse back in line and to gain his trust.

          • thanks for the hot tip, Dash! i will try to pay closer attention to my telly!

          • bjork says:

            I seem to recall that Walt needed Jesse on side to help Walt get close to wheelchair guy and Gus.

          • reallyreallylike says:

            Hermine – that Walt used the Lily of the Valley to poison Brock is not in doubt; it’s why he was getting rid of the plant later.

            Revisit an amazing scene right after the credits for ‘End Times’. Walt sits tensely by his pool, waiting for the ‘inevitable … consequences’ of his choices. Before the credits, he had told Skylar, ‘I alone should suffer the consequences of those choices, no-one else’, and he seemed to mean it. Now he spins his gun on table next to him, playing a game with fate: should he shoot himself before the ‘Bad Guys’ get there? Gun says yes. Walt doesn’t like that answer and spins again. Again, the gun points to Walt. Third time lucky: he spins again. This time the gun points away. Walter’s gaze travels the line of the barrel to a nearby potted Lily of the Valley that had been previously obscured by the dome of his head. He narrows his eyes.

            Now rewind again and check out the very first image of that potent, wordless scene: the sickly green smoke disappears and the bongos fade to a distant shot of Walter and the LotV from the other end of the pool. Re-watching the rest of the scene, for me the moment where Heisenberg decides to take over from this pathetic defeatist, Walter White, is visible. The second spin of the pistol merely confirmed its original verdict, but as Walter closes his eyes in despair, they open again, and Heisenberg’s hard stare engages, as if to say, ‘Mind if I try?’

            So: Eureka. While the business of Gomey’s search of the laundry is going on, Walt gets in touch with Sol. (Not shown, but referred to later, when Sol returns the ‘lucky cigarette’ to Walter.) Sol calls Jesse to come over; when the latter arrives he says it’s to give him his money. The real reason can be glimpsed in slo-mo during Huell’s clumsy pat down, in which Huell palms Jesse’s cigarettes for an identical pack. We don’t see Walter administer the dose to Brock, but later we’ll be shown a highly uncomfortable picture of Walter and Brock occupying far ends of Jessie’s sofa. Does Brock instinctively know that this man is malign? Or have they met before? We don’t really need to know which.

            What has only just occurred to me this moment is that there is one – slightly – mitigating circumstance: lily of the valley poisoning, while very nasty, is far less likely than untreated ricin poisoning to be fatal. So from Walter’s point of view, he’s giving Brock something noxious that will put Jessie in mind of the hidden/stolen ricin and lead him to the wrong conclusion. The risk of death is not high, although Walt is depending on those unpleasant side effects to get the result he needs. We’ve known throughout the season that Walter would kill an inconvenient but comparatively innocent bystander to save his own skin, so the moral issue here is about involving/hurting/imperiling a convenient child in order to alienate Jessie from Gus.

      • The otherWW says:

        Actually there’s a scene the episode “End Times” that confirms Walt’s poisoning of brock with Lily of the valley was premeditated. He kind of plays russian roullete with the plant and in the third spin of his gun, it points to the flower. Crazy season 5 though, Crazy

    • Kat says:

      I think Walt will end up committing suicide. The coughing in flash-forward during the premiere could be due to ricin poisoning.

    • reallyreallylike says:

      A crucial consideration: the ricin is not fast-acting (that’s it’s charm), and isn’t useful for taking anyone out (including oneself) instantaneously. No use at all against Hank, unless you’re just plain mad at him. Or unless Walter believes or learns that Hank knows but also that Hank doesn’t know Walter knows he knows; in other words, if Walter has time to play with. I think if Walt wanted to off himself he’d be quicker about it (and if it was Heisenberg doing the offing, more grandiose).

  24. Aaron says:

    This episode had a very “goodfellas” feel to it especially the scenes in the prison… I think the final scene proved more about Walt thinking he’s teflon don then dumb… You come to a point of success that you have a false sense of security and to be fair .. There were 100’s of scenes where Hank should have figured this out by now.. It’s when Walt is at his pinnacle when it all falls apart

  25. Tamara says:

    Did he recognize the handwriting as the same in Gale’s journal? Hank went through it over & over so he would make the connection.

  26. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    The inscription in the book tonight said this:

    To my other favorite W.W.
    It’s an honour working with you.
    Fondly,

    G.B.

    The lab notebook says:

    To W.W.
    My Star, My Perfect Silence

  27. Lyndsey says:

    Fan-freaking-tastic!!! It’s about time Hank figured it out though what a dilemma for him!! There’s no way the DEA is going to believe that he DIDN’T realize Walt was Heisenberg, especially with how much case information Walt has been privy too and that Walt paid all of Hank’s medical expenses. I have just been waiting for this ever since Hank was promoted! The fantastic part is that I was waiting for catastrophe in those final moments but expected it from Walt’s associates if he had really “quit”…didn’t see the twist coming until I saw Hank hunting for reading material. Yet another reason why I love this show so much: breadcrumbs from season past seemingly so small & insignificant that apparently a good portion of the audience forgot about them have come back to throw a major wrench into the plot! Love, love, love it!!!

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      That last scene in the backyard was tense. I was waiting for an explosion or maybe people to start getting shot. It just seemed like something bad was about to go down. Didn’t see the book coming.

      • Lyndsey says:

        I know!! With the children so exposed I kept waiting for a gunshot, then Hank went inside and as he sat down my first thought was “BOMB”! Then as soon as I reminded myself he must live to find out about Walt, he reaches for reading material!! I was literally yelling at the TV “Walt you idiot”!! LOL! I absolutely love the twists & turns into the unexpected this show takes!

        • Joe P says:

          I love the irony in that Skylar’s biggest fear was danger coming to their doorstep. I bet she never imagined that danger would be in the form of hank taking a crap.

    • I always thought Walt’s Crime Name was Eisenberg. Now I see it is Heisenberg, so scratch my translation. I sure would have LIKED his name to have been Eisenberg, the mountain of Iron. but alas, until I saw the name spelled, I heard it as Eisenberg. my bad.

      • Mike O says:

        Heisenberg for Werner Heisenberg. A theoretical physicist, who worked on quantum physics and published the Uncertainty Principle of quantum physics. You can’t observer a quantum event, because the observation itself would alter it, thereby you’re seeing a different event. It’s a perfect pseudonym, which implies the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, especially as he’s a fan of science.

  28. Kal says:

    Now the intro to the first episode of season 5 makes more sense.

  29. G. says:

    Just as Hank said earlier this season, everyone slips up…eventually!!! DAH DAH DAH….

  30. Lyndsey says:

    Oh…and to the recapper, the “dead Fring chemist” was named GALE! Gus was Fring’s first name!

  31. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I personally vote that it’s gross that Walt gets off on getting away with murder. I’m glad Hank finally figured it out. You know it had to happen eventually. The ending to this episode did not make me like Walt any better. My emotions for the guy can’t change on a dime in the course of 45 minutes after seeing those violent prison murders. Whoever said it had the Goodfellas vibe was pretty right on. Walt has no compassion for human life, therefore I have no compassion for him. I’m still pretty mad about Mike too. So Walt giving it all up doesn’t really make everything all better to me, and I’m rather disappointed it made everything all better for Skylar. For someone who is supposed to be a strong female character, she forgives awfully easy. Granted, she’s probably thrilled to feel safe and moral again, but I felt like in that last scene she was too carefree, too happy. There should have been an undercurrent of tension there, because a lot happened in the last year. Those memories and feelings shouldn’t go away easily, and the events should have changed her permanently and should have hardened her towards Walt a little.

    • Jeepers says:

      But is she aware of the deaths he caused? I don’t recall her having positive knowledge of any of them but may have forgotten or missed an episode here and there. If she thinks he simply produced and sold meth with no loss of life involved, she might be able to forgive him.

      • Lyndsey says:

        She at least knows he’s responsible for the nursing home bomb that killed Gus Fring. However he was threatening their family so that could be forgiven.

        The only murder that I think is the “breaking” point was the kid. Everyone else WAS involved in the drug business, even Gale. I’m not saying their all deserved to die but when you’re involved in a high-risk, illegal drug operation you know what you’ve signed up for.

        • Dash says:

          to Lyndsey: Huh????? How was Walt threatening their family?

          • bjork says:

            to Dash – Lyndsey meant Gus was threatening the family. Poor grammar – that’s why you were confused.

        • reallyreallylike says:

          I agreed until recently that Fring was monstrous for threatening Walt’s family (“I – will – kill – your – infant – daughter!”) … I think it was Mike’s final impassioned indictment that set me re-thinking this.

          Fring wanted to get rid of Walter as a liability and a loose canon, but couldn’t, because of Jesse. So instead he took Walter into the desert and made his position clear: Walter was fired, and not to go near the business or Jesse again.

          Gus had his front on – the fact that it’s front doesn’t make it less serious – we saw it at its most deadly in Boxcutter. But also when he went out and faced the sniper, arms spread, and when he invited those remaining alive at the cartel ranch to fill their pockets and leave, or fight him (even as he was dying by degrees of the poison that killed Don Eladio and friends).

          So what does Walter do? Is he ‘Okay, I got that – any chance of hazard money?’ Hell, no. He’s smug! ‘Or else you’ll do what? … You CAN’T kill me.’ Has a good sneer that Jesse has vestiges of loyalty and won’t countenance his violent disappearance.

          The man, at that moment, was an egotistical moron. He brought his family into the picture; it was this mad crowing that brought Hank to Fring’s mind and made it necessary, from his point of view, to make an absolute impression on Walter. (We know what Fring thought generally of fear as a motivator). The biggest danger to Walter’s family was that they were leverage to keep him silent, and instead he became louder than ever. Fring’s dealings were not nice, but it was Walter’s prideful stupidity (‘You HAD to be The Man!’) that put him and Fring in that particular position.

  32. Migilicuty11 says:

    “death, many deaths I’ll sing” refers to the 10 that were killed in jail.

  33. Jeepers says:

    Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells,explained that Crystal Blue Persuasion referred to his conversion to Christianity (from drug addiction). Kind of ironic the way the song was used in Poetic Justice. There’s a laugh in every episode which is one of the things that makes this show so extraordinary.

  34. Erik says:

    don’t forget…in season 2, Gail had the Walt Whitman poem in his notebook, “When I heard the Learn’d astronomer…so Hank’s got the Whitman connection, the WW connection, and the GB (Gail Boetticher) connection…

  35. Machismo says:

    You can find the notebook quote conversation between Hank and Walt in Season 4 Episode 4 at about the 23:00 minute mark of the show. When Hank suggests Walter White and Walter jokingly says “you got me”, Walt then flips through the notebook and turns to page where Gale had a sketch of and a poem by Walter Whitman. Hank then comments on how smart Walt is and shrugs it off. My question is was there an episode where it shows Gale actually give Walt the book with the inscription? Would anybody here know?

  36. Erik says:

    No…the first time we see the book is in “Hazard Pray,” when Walt is un-packing…

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      You see it again there, but he sits down and reads it in “Sunset” a couple of seasons ago.

      • The otherWW says:

        No, The book’s been there, since season three. I think he reads it once in an episode of SSN3 after buying that house that was only for display, around the time Hank was in hospital. I’ll be back with the exact episode and time but it was there

  37. pete says:

    When is anyone gonna go back to the point in season four where we found that the cartel dare not kill Gus because of who he is and then walt commits the biggest mistake of his life and blows him up …… Surely there still has to be consequences for doing that that we are not privvy to yet. Big Big consequences or else it is the biggest mistake ever in vinces
    writing career……

    • NancyCarolyn says:

      Bravo Pete!! Of course there should be consequences

    • Andrew Brannigan says:

      I’m not sure about your theory that the storyline will arc to Walter paying the price for killing Fring. Yes, the cartel was reluctant to do Fring in, but they had their own reasons for that. Here’s what we know about Fring: He’s a Chilean national, he fled Chile and emigrated to Mexico with his partner whom he had rescued from the slums of Santiago, educated and gone into business with. The two of them tried to break into the market via Mexican organized crime and Fring’s partner was killed to make a point. Fring went on to leave Mexico for the US where his chicken restaurant franchise made him millions and he used the business as a front for the manufacture and distribution of his own meth. He brought Walter into the operation and tension brewed between them. Fring killed the entire top tier of the Mexican cartel in one fell swoop and declared his dominance. He was then killed by Walter. So, knowing all of that, let’s examine who might be willing to seek vengeance on somebody for killing Fring. At the time of his death, he was working with Mike and Lydia. Walter killed Mike and is most likely well on his way to taking Lydia out of the equation as well (he had the ricin vial on him at their last meeting) If there are any survivors in the Mexican cartel, they certainly have no love lost for Fring, they only kept him alive because it was good business, but then again, they wanted to squeeze him out anyway so his removal from the equation certainly doesn’t ruffle their feathers. That would only leave some mysterious, unseen entity from back in Fring’s past in Chile. And considering that it appears that Fring fled Chile for some unknown reason, it’s unlikely that anybody from those days would look to get revenge for his murder. I think the fact that Tuco was tied into Fring through Hector was enough of an arc to the Fring storyline and because Walter ingeniously had the bomb wired to Hector (a former associate of Don Eladio) there’s little chance that anybody would trace the assasination back to Walter. That is of course until Walter (claiming to be Heisenberg) began taking credit for the assasination to his new distributor. Walter is facing three major threats right now: #1) Hank. Hank knows that Walter is involved and he’s going to figure out how. #2) Jesse. if Jesse finds out that Walt let Jane die or that he poisoned Brock, it’s all over, any loyalty the two had for one another will be lost and it;s kill or be killed. #3) Todd. The kid is unpredictable and fearless which when combined with his lack of intelligence and his network of shady characters connected via his Aryan-Brotherhood uncle, makes for trouble. Todd’s character is only set to appear in five episodes so something has to happen to get Todd out of the picture.

  38. Erik says:

    Pete, Gus wiped out the biggest members of the Cartel…do you honestly think they care that someone whacked him in retaliation? They surely would have been trying to do the same exact thing.

  39. Ink says:

    It seems like the first episode of season 5 was a prelude to the finale similar to the “Dead Freight” episode. We still don’t know why Walt was traveling out-of-state, incognito, purchasing military hardware. Obviously, those facts support something having yet to occur. Those facts also support a theory that Walt makes a run for it. For my two cents, I concur with Botzmaster. Walt would not simply up and quit because he knows either the DEA or his former associates will catch up with him sooner or later. (In particular, Walt’s new distro connect certainly wouldn’t allow such potential stiff competition simply walk away.) He’s already placed his exit plan in motion and is simply enjoying his family while he can in the interim. Paying off Jesse is part of this-it keeps him quiet and necessarily prompts the young man to move overseas. Diversifying his operations is another. Clearly Walt didn’t need to invest in Lydia’s deal for the money. By episode 16, I’ll bet Walt is in the Czech Republic living under a new identity. But who gets the ricin?

    • reallyreallylike says:

      My Theory of the Day (floated elsewhere in the thread): As a result of Hank’s discovery, Walter’s had to purchase a ‘hoover max-extract pressure probe’. But his time is short. In defiance of the no-contact rule, he has come home to deal with a threat or settle a score.

  40. pete says:

    yeah but they hinted at some sort of pinnochet or other government ties really big ties
    with really bad results for anyone stupid enough to go after gus, I really do think that is gonna come back to haunt Walter in the rest of the episodes, jeez there has not been a single consequence for him yet after killing the biggest gangster in america

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      Correct, Gus Fring did not exist before he showed up in Mexico and then came to the US according to the show. He was someone else entirely in Chile or wherever it was he was from and I still fully expect that to be a problem for Walt, on top of his new Hank issues.

    • nick says:

      But did anyone know who killed Gus? How would anybody on the outside ever figure it out? The only people who know what truly happened are Walt and Jesse

      • The otherWW says:

        The dealers from phoniex know, maybe they told a third party but the word around town is Heisenberg killed Gus so there’s that. And if you revisit season four (Im not sure of the specific point) Gus asks Mike if Hank and the DEA have found anything about his past. Mike replies that he too couldn’t dig up anything. So yeah, Gus was obviously high profile and killing him has consequences. Hank killed Tuco and ended up getting shot nearly to death

  41. Erik says:

    like I said, the cartel wanted him out…you’re reading to far into it…

  42. Clayton Stephens says:

    I feel that the Breaking Bad arc draws heavily from the story of Doctor Faustus — the necromancer who made a pact with the Devil and was in the end carried off to hell by the demon Mephistophilis.

    In the play Doctor Faustus — a genius — sets himself on a deadly trajectory, and throughout is blind to the possibility of his own salvation — he repeatedly insists on choosing his own damnation, rather than repenting and being saved — even after Mephistophilis himself has urged him to “leave these frivolous demands” after the pact is made.

    But Faustus does not believe that he deserves salvation, or that he could even hope to be saved from his chosen fate. It can be interpreted that he willfully seeks his own demise, just as Walter has sought his own. Note Walter’s increasingly self destructive behavior as the seasons have progressed, and remember the confusing instances in which Walter seems to cheat death, and yet — amazingly — be outraged by his own ‘good fortune’.

    Deep in the recesses of his own heart, Walter White does not believe that he deserves to live — so he has chosen to more fully become a person who deserves to die.

    In the end, Faustus becomes repentant — but only after it’s too late. The final scene of the play finds Faustus’ companions, happening upon Faustus’ abandoned clothing, scattered around the stage. Faustus is nowhere to be seen, and it is assumed by the audience (but not known for sure) that he has been carried to hell, the final confrontation with the Devil happening off stage.

    The parallels between the two stories are clear — it didn’t surprise me to see the early signifiers of regret and repentance within Walter in this last episode — the conversation with Jessie and the reminiscing upon more their more “innocent” times, the way he studies himself in the mirror after the treatment, and especially the way he looks into eyes of Skyler next to the swimming pool, with such shame and remorse. Almost like a scared and helpless child. The scene was heartbreaking to watch — but very beautiful and thus one of my favorites of the entire season.

    I think the last half of the season will see a fugitive status, terminally diagnosed Walter retreat from his “Hiesenberg” self, while trying to set things right as he can in the time he has left — but perhaps with only limited success.

    If my theory concerning Faustus is correct, there is a chance that we may in fact never know for certain what ultimately happens to Walter in the end. It would absolutely follow established Breaking Bad storytelling mechanics to leave the audience guessing, even after its all over.

    • Rock Golf says:

      Yeah, the show reminds me of this Beyblade episode…

      ;)

    • Tommy says:

      You’re smart…

    • Jeepers says:

      Great analogy!

    • bjork says:

      Wow. I’m stupefied. “Deep in the recesses of his own heart, Walter White does not believe that he deserves to live — so he has chosen to more fully become a person who deserves to die.” Don’t know where you get this from. Plus all the shame and remorse you saw, “like a scared and helpless child” — wtf — what kind of drugs are you on????????

      • Clayton Stephens says:

        you offer insults, and yet present not even one compelling argument of your own. nicely done.

        • bjork says:

          What’s to argue?? I simply have no idea where you are getting this stuff from. Walt has not shown any indication that he feels he does not deserve to live, and I have never seen him act like a scared or helpless child. You are offering interpretations not based in reality i.e. what has been presented on the show.

          • The otherWW says:

            There’s an episode in SSN5 where Walt basically tells Jesse that they are both headed to hell. I don’t think this is a man on a path to redemption.

    • NancyCarolyn says:

      Brilliant analysis Clayton.

      Walt’s “blindness” to his own salvation is
      surely apparent as is his blindness to the workings of his own psyche.

      Surely it is his blinding hubris that would not allow him to keep silent when Hank thought he found his Heisenberg in Gale. Walt’s hubris… or vanity just could not allow Gale to get the credit for his “genius”. Gale’s notes are not those of a brilliant thinker, says Walt to Hank, Marie and Skyler. Walt insists the notes are those of a scribe, or copier of some kind…

      Walt just couldn’t let Gale get the credit… (or course he couldn’t,
      the show…the episodes..the plot. …must go on :)

      Walt’s leaving the Whitman poems with Gale’s inscription in his bathroom (and not destroying it) can also be seen as serious (unconscious?) mistake resulting from his blinding hubris…. after all…. Gale’s dedication was high praise for his hero : Walt….Surely Walt relished the praise…adulation… he might recall having received from admiring students and colleagues in his former life…

      And, If I recall correctly, it was Gale who introduced Walt to Whitman and White seemed intrigued….(not easy to intrigue the brilliant Walter White! )

      The incredible Breaking Bad writers render Walter White as strangely sympathetic with his interest in Whitman. Yet,
      at the same time we see the absurd contrast of the
      …Whitman’s “….the learned Astronomer” (one who studies the heavens) juxtaposed with Walter White’s science which manufactures a lethal poison for all those involved in it.
      Thank You for your comments Clayton

  43. anthony T says:

    Walt did not pay off Jesse. What he did was give him Mike’s duffel and cut and gun. He was showing Jesse what happens to people who try and get out, a not so veiled threat because at this point Jesse is the only loose end that could do him in. What makes it so chilling is the reminiscing that went on just moments before between the two.

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      I think he simply gave Jesse his 5 million dollars. Mike lost his money a second time to the DEA at the bank except for that duffle bag, which was not black like the ones he gave Jesse and did not have 5 million in it. Not even close. He may be framing Jesse, not sure about that yet. I think that could be why he wanted to give Jesse his own cook.

      • anthony T says:

        If you go back it’s the exact same duffel and the exact same gun.

      • reallyreallylike says:

        No way is Walt framing Jesse. At least, he’s not that far gone yet. He’s got no reason to hang on to Jesse’s money, having more than Skylar can ever launder in any case. (He never really did have a reason, beyond pique – when he was so angry that Jesse wasn’t being manipulated any more.) I think this because it’s psychologically unrealistic for him to sell Jesse out just now, and he’s nothing to gain from it. They do have a weird bond, finally tested to its limit when Walter tried to schmooze Jesse back into his web and failed. Maybe Heisenberg really will take over and throw Jesse to the wolves. But not yet. Beyond this, frame him for what? Mike’s murder? Mike is ‘gone’. As far as anyone but Walter and Tod or concerned, he’s the one that got away..

    • bjork says:

      to Anthony T. – Walt gave Jesse Mike’s duffel and money and gun??? Where do you get this from? You’re not allowed to just make sh#t up. JESSE DOES NOT KNOW THAT WALT KILLED MIKE. Don’t you pay attention? You must be delusional.

  44. Teresa says:

    I think Mr White’s cancer has returned that Jessie or the white brotherhood may turn informant. The Mexican cartel is probably after him God I hate that we have to wait an entire year to find out what happens

  45. kenny says:

    All Hank knows now is that Walt and Gale worked together. He doesn’t know how much of a roll he played. What I can’t figure out is who Walt is protecting himself from or who he’s going to kill with the purchase of the machine gun and ammo. That machine gun eludes that it’s a group and not an individual. It can’t be the DEA. He’s not on the run, he’s in town in the flash forward at the beginning of this season. And an m60 machine gun is large and more likely something he will shoot while still.
    EUREKA! !!!!
    THE GUY THEY BURNT IN HIS CELL DIDN’T DIE! THE SAME GUY WHO HANK TOLD TO F OFF in the meeting where he said he had things to tell him that he didn’t know!! Anyone know who that character is???????????

  46. Travis says:

    I agree, there has to be consequences for killing Gus. In the ep before this one, he tells the new connect that he killed him n u could see Mike shaking his head. I did the same thing, cuz until then everyone thought the cartel did it. That was a stupid move. Gus had connects down in South America, so there’s no way Walt will get away with that. He has lost his mind. He had a chance to get out clean n he screwed it all up. He’s now gonna pay the consequences.

    • reallyreallylike says:

      I think Mike was shaking his head for the reasons he gave in his final torching of Walter’s character – in his opinion they were set when Fring was in place, and screwed because Walter was an ego out of control: ‘You HAD to be The MAN!’ Mike disagreed that Gus had to go, and he was never on board with Walter’s hardass posturing. This is why Mike died: Walter never succeeded in intimidating or impressing him, and was ultimately humiliated. (Mike taking his go-bag out of Walt’s unwilling grasp?) Walter either had to live with that devastating assessment or take him out. But it was weakness, not an act of strength.

      • Guest says:

        Thank you for explaining why Mike had to die. I was so pissed when Walter shot Mike. It wasn’t because I like Mike and wanted him to live, but because it seemed so out of character for Walter to kill a man that he didn’t have to. He may have killed a lot of people, but in each instance, he was driven with a desperation to protect himself or someone he loved. It was kill or be killed. In Mike’s case, Walter shot him in a fit of temper. It all seemed so pointless. At the time, it seemed like it was lazy writing so that the show could kill off a character that had outlived his usefulness. But after your post, I’m not pissed at the show for that anymore. I can see it. Walter, who has been bullied and stepped on all his life, Walter, who has been dealing with so many things that would drive anyone to the brink of insanity, has, at the moment of killing Mike, said Enough. He will no longer live with being humiliated and disrespected. I guess this will have to be a fleeting moment of control for Walter, because if he makes it a rule to not tolerate disrespect then he’s going to have to kill Skylar. People defend her by calling her a “strong woman”. Yeah. I guess she is a strong woman. A strong woman who bullies and disrespects everyone who doesn’t see things her way and when that doesn’t work then she resorts to passive aggressive bullying. Did anyone think that the way she was acting to get Walt to stop cooking meth was very similar to how she got him to undergo cancer treatment in Season 1? In the first few episodes of Season 5, I felt sorry for her because I felt that she was truly afraid of Walter. But that moment in the bathroom when she tightened that floss around her finger was a wake up call. She’s a control freak. She’s had complete control over her husband all their married life and for the first time, she doesn’t have control over him or what happens in their house anymore. That’s why she’s cracking.

        I think Breaking Bad needs to be grateful to its loyal and intelligent fans, such as reallyreallylike. I feel as though the writing in Season 5 (eps 1 through 8) was not as tight as the first 4 seasons. Things seem to have become plot driven rather than character driven and for that reason, things seem to be random in Season 5. I’m still not sure whether it was lazy writing to have Walter kill Mike in a fit of temper or brilliant writing in showing the mental state Walter is at. I suspect its the former and that’s why Breaking Bad needs to thank its loyal fans for explaining away the character inconsistency. Just like with Walter leaving the book in the bathroom. We see that the book has been there for a while, probably since Gale gave it to him and we see that he notices it a time or two and so he hasn’t forgotten it. Walter has always been overly cautious and paranoid. His character would not have left a book in the family bathroom from a person (1) he cooked meth with, (2) had an indirect part in killing and (3) let’s not forget that Walter already saw a similar reference in Gale’s notebook while he was sitting with Hank. Yes, I agree that the way Hank found out was ironic. A simple mistake by brilliant Walter, done in by an innocent and harmless person like Gale, and found out by Hank while in the bathroom is the perfect way to take down the great Heisenberg. But in order to get to that plot destination, the writer stepped outside the boundaries of Walter’s character, and what would have been a brilliant scene turned into a piece of lazy, soap opera writing, again leaving its fans to defend the move.

  47. Ashley says:

    I guess I am still alone in thinking that Skylar has a hand in what I believe to be the only satisfying end to this series, Walter’s death. I don’t see how Walt can or will make it out of this series alive, and I just think that it would be completely unsatisfying to have the law take him down in the end. I think Skylar offing Walt would be the most complete arc and the most fair, I suppose, in the end. Am I completely off by thinking Jesse and Skylar could team up to eliminate Walt by catching him off-guard while Walt expects that Hank, the DEA, and any of Gus’s other enemies are coming for him?

    • Travis says:

      There’s no way Jesse would kill Walt. He loves him like a father. He has no reason to. Walt gave him enough money to do whatever he wants. His wife seems to be happy too. In reality, she doesn’t really know what a monster he’s become. She only knows that he killed a bad man to protect her n her children. He cooked meth to help provide for them when he dies. That’s really all she knows. I think he will meet his fate tho. Maybe from the Ricin? How crazy would that be?

      • seattlejohn449 says:

        what if Jesse ends up using hardcore again (he is already drinking beer and smoking drugs) and becomes some toxic, fried, super-paranoid methhead and finds out about Walt’s roles in his girlfriend’s OD or the kid getting poisoned or Mike getting killed…think he might kill Walter after all?

      • painntheback says:

        LOL JESSE HAS SO MANY REASONS TO KILL WALT!!!! HE JUST DOESNT KNOW IT!
        1. Walt watched jesse’s girlfriend die to her own vomit which caused a plane to crash and jesse blames himsel.
        2. Walt poisoned Brock in season 4 and convinced jesse that it was gus, then walt killed gus and ruined everything.
        3. he killed mike like an asshole

        • tripoli says:

          I’m loving #3. It really was such an asshole move!

        • Travis says:

          I agree, but there’s one problem….Jesse doesn’t know about ANY of those things. There’s no way Walt will tell him either. That’s my point, many people have excuses to kill him, but Jesse n Skylar don’t know enough to wanna do it.

          • seattlejohn449 says:

            Walt, under the influence, buddied up to Jesse in the Fly episode and came thisclose to telling on himself concerning his girlfriend’s OD then…so who knows how this can play out in the future if he starts regaining his soul and wants to come clean or make amends with Jesse, Skylar or even Hank? And these writers are just too sharp to not throw us plenty more curveballs none of us posters can see coming…

          • Lamia says:

            One way that Jesse could find out about Brock is if he drops a cigarette one day on his floor while the little vacumn is buzzing around and it doesn’t suck it up. Sorta like Hank seeing those initials and it just clicks. One thing Jesse knows is how clever Walt is and if there’s no way for a cigarette to go up from the bottom then it won’t take him long to see it had to be put there.
            The general messiness of his coffee table and his staying in that house are gentle reminders to us of all the possibilities. And Walt didn’t just watch her die–he accidentally nudged her and she rolled over onto her back. And I don’t think that Jesse has much love or respect anymore. He’s terrified of Walt as is Skylar. When Walt started to whistle after the kid on the moped was killed–Jesse knew that Walt was a stone cold killer. Jesse still has a bit of denial and why he so easily accepted that Mike was on some beach somewhere. Two times in this season I saw something pass between Skylar and Jesse that makes me think that if they ever chatted–Walt’s a goner.

      • Ashley says:

        I don’t know if Jesse really loves Walt like a father. I don’t think I get that vibe much from him anymore. Jesse realizes he is off his rocker. And Jesse is the most unstable character in the show, almost anything could send him off the edge and force his hand to eliminate Walt from his life. Skylar too, is facing a similar predicament. She has absolutely no love left for Walt, and if she truly believes he is “out”, she isn’t the “strong female character” she’s been played up as. I think her talk with Marie foreshadowed the fact that she has nowhere for her children to go now – she no longer wants to burden Marie and Hank with them, so what does she have left to do? Let them back in the house with her and Walt? I don’t think she is considering that. Killing him, though, would get rid of the problem…

    • dash says:

      Yes, Ashley, you are alone in thinking Jesse and Skyler would conspire to kill Walt. It’s just a ridiculous scenario.

      • Ashley says:

        Explain their lingering look between each other in the previous episode? There would be no reason for them to lock eyes like that other than extreme desperation on both ends…definitely foreshadowing of something to come.

      • appy says:

        you could tell jesse is looking for something from skylar by the way he was trying to make conversation and then again at the car wash when he brings the van in,

  48. Duff says:

    G.B. = Gretchen Black

    • Rock Golf says:

      No, the chemist, Gale Boetticher

      • JonA says:

        Gale is the obvious answer, but I saw this Gretchen theory laid out elsewhere. This book has appeared before, and Gale quoted Whitman. BUT, he was never shown giving the book to Walt. Gretchen was a co-worker/romantic interest, so the inscription would make sense from her as well. Seems like a long shot, but this would be right up the alley of the kind of twists that Breaking Bad loves to throw at the viewers.

    • Lucy says:

      I think you are right…I think this book was given to Walt by Gretchen. The book looked old…

  49. Lee Orback says:

    Hank has just as much info as he did when he joked about about W. W. early on. If Walt is clean then now Hank has nothing to go on unless someone turns on Walter. Walt has no outstanding grudges against him. I assume Walt will die in the end. In what way would this cause the most damage to those around him? If his son was placed in a position that he must kill his father. Or for Walt to be punished by having his entire family executed then he him self to follow.

  50. Katherine says:

    If Walter does somehow end up dying at the end it will be by Jessie.

    He has screwed and manipulated Jessie for way too long and I think Walter might just deserve it.

    • hitler says:

      Yeah, because Jesse was doing so well before Walt showed up..

      /sigh

      • The otherWW says:

        Jesse would have been nothing if he hadn’t met walt. I mean that first cook alone when Emilio and krazy8 went out to that cook site out in the desert. If you take walt’s scientific brilliance out of that equation Jesse is dead. He was dead for sure when he was going after Gus’ two street dealers. Jesse wuz nothing before Walt yo

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