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. Dirty n8 says:

    I don’t think Hank is going to be able to do a thing about it, don’t forget his wife spent a lot of the drug money on Hanks hospital bills and rehab. Or maybe walt just has a new enemy to take out. Lol
    Love the show can’t wait for next year, atleast we have walking dead coming soon.
    Long live Walter White

    • Mark N. says:

      That’s my feeling, too. Hank has a lot to think about here. In the end, Walt can tell Hank about how Gus threatened his whole family, including Hank. Gus fired Walt because Walt wasn’t able to keep Hank as clueless about Gus as he had promised. Walt’s killing of Gus was done just as much to save Hank as it was to save Walt, Jesse, Skyler, Walt Jr. and Holly. What is Hank going to do with Walt, given that reality? My guess is that Walt’s “I’m out” was sincere, and Hank isn’t going to have the heart to destroy Walt’s family. Since the show is about every character “breaking bad” to one extent or another, which would be worse for Hank? To extend mercy, or to extract justice?

      In the Rolling Stone interview, Cranston said that when he did the flash-forward scene at the beginning of the season, he had to ask Vince Gilligan a few questions before he could do the scene. The biggest clue as to what might be going on at the very end is that he was told by Gilligan that Walt is back in Albuquerque to “protect someone”.

      My guess is that it’s Jesse. What is the liklihood that Walt is going to be able to walk away from being the king of the blue meth formula, taking the product out of production with him when he decides to walk away? When there was that much money to be made from Walt’s superior product? Aren’t some people going to be really unhappy to see Walt just give it all up? So what if someone figures out Jesse can make Walt’s formula, too, even though Jesse says he’s out, as well? Maybe Declan’s group is a little nervous to try to take on the “man who killed Gus Fring”, but Jesse is probably a lot less intimidating.

      Could it be that in the finale, not only does Walt have to bring a big gun with him, Hank (as a big DEA gun) joins in on nailing Declan’s group and saving Jesse? Would people feel ripped off by a happy ending? Can Hank really just set aside the prison killing bloodbath, knowing Walt orchestrated it? Would giving up Jesse be part of the cost of Walt getting to a happy ending? I think it’s going to suck to be Hank in the last 8 episodes.

      • Andrew Brannigan says:

        If Walt is approached outright by Hank, even if he uses the excuse that Fring threatened to kill Skyler, Junior and Holly, that won’t be enough to get Hank on his side. It’s impossible to tell right now, but my gut feeling is that it may be revealed in a flashback later that Hank has suspected Walt for a while. The inscription in the book that Gale gave to Walt may have only confirmed something that hank didn’t want to believe. As rough-around-the-edges as Hank is, he’s still a top-notch detective and I can’t imagine that some of the major clues that Walt is somehow involved with the blue meth would have passed below his radar. Hank knows that Walt has been disappearing for stretches of time with weak excuses. Hank knows that Walt and Skyler’s marriage has been suffering and that Holly has been afraid. Hank knows that initially, they were worried about how they would pay the medical bills and then a short time later, were able to purchase a business and new cars. Hank also knows that the mask that was recovered from the desert cook site came from the school where Walt taught – and the mask wasn’t the only item to have gone missing. An inventory showed that all types of beakers and flasks were gone. Hank also knows that Walt is connected to Jesse and he knows that Jesse is connected to the blue meth because he connected the dots between Badger and Combo, the RV and Jesse. Some of the things that Hank may not actually know but may possibly infer: The person who made the fake emergency call about Marie being in an accident knew personal information about Hank. His phone number. His wife’s name. Now that things are beginning to fall into place, Hank puts all of this stuff together, the destroyed lab that matches Gale’s sketches perfectly, the connection between Gale and Walt, Walt’s connection to Jesse, Jesse’s connection to blue meth dealers (one of whom supplied the RV) Hank knows that Walt is a brilliant chemist. It wouldn’t take a genius to see what Walt’s motivation would have been to start cooking in the first place (the first appearance of the blue meth roughly corresponds to the time of Walt’s diagnosis) So I don’t think the question is “What does Hank know?” The real question is: What’s he going to do now? Is he really going to approach his department about keeping tabs on Walt? Will he approach Skyler and try to get the truth out of her? If he does, and she let’s him know (without giving away the whole nine yards) that Walt’s “poker earnings” have been paying for every cent of his rehabilitation treatment, will he be so quick to do things by the book? If Skyler pleaded to Hank to allow Walt to slip through the DEA’s fingers using the excuse that he hasn’t long to go anyway, would Hank still be insistent on going after Walt? Hank will still want to know who killed Gale and Fring. He’ll still want to know who made the call in the junkyard. He’ll still want to know why the Mexican cartel came after him specifically. He’ll still want to know what happened to Ehrmentraut.And he won’t like any of the answers he gets. If Hank green lights an investigation of Walt, he knows that the White family be destroyed, an innocent kid will lose his Dad. And would Hank’s reputation ever recover? He failed in Texas. He doesn’t want to admit that the criminal mastermind he’s been hunting for a year has been right under his nose the whole time. The crux of the whole story is what will happen between Walter and Jesse. Will they maintain loyalty to one another? After all, it’s their loyalty to one another that’s kept both of them alive up until now. Will Jesse find out that Walt let Jane die, or that he poisoned Brock, or that he killed Mike? Will Walt decide that Jesse knows too much or that Jesse’s newfound conscience is a liability for him? I’d guess that Walt has stopped his treatment for one reason or another, maybe he’s on the run, maybe he wants the cancer to come back. But he bought that assault rifle for a reason. And it’s either for protection from someone or as a means to get rid of someone. All I know is that the odds are against Walt and Jesse both staying alive until the end of the final episode. And I don’t trust Todd one little bit.

  2. Dirty n8 says:

    Thanks as always for great review

  3. Jaxrabbit says:

    I’m still amazed at the carelessness of Walt’s placing the bug in Hank’s office. It’s the DEA fuh cripesake — did he not think that there would be security cameras in every corner, even in Hank’s space? That is going to come back and bite him at some point. The video evidence has to play into the story development somehow.

  4. Dirty n8 says:

    Hank took money from him even though he may not know that walt paid for his treatment he can be considered an accomplise. Plus how many times has walt saved hanks life

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      Two of the better points made so far. I think Walt’s cancer comes back and he chooses to let it kill him in order to save Hank and Skylar from going to jail.

  5. teresa says:

    Kimberly, I love your writing…just tone perfect…clever, funny…

  6. Stone says:

    Wakter’s cancer has spread to his brain. He leaves meth and returns the money to Jesse as closure. He will probably tahe the poison when he decides the time is right for everyone, including himself, and die. The Monster has a glimpse of why he is, and everyone else is protected.

  7. susan says:

    Walt wants to get caught, He wants everyone to know that he was more successful than Grey Matter

  8. Boobs says:

    I think Hank will keep his suspicions to himself, but start to investigate Walter. When Walter finds out Hank is on to him (as he’s sure to eventually), the ricin might come in to play, although I don’t think Walter will actually poison Hank. I imagine the last episode to be some kind of showdown between Hank and Walter, with Walter on his death bed (from cancer). Skyler will keep all of the money and the car wash.

    Confounding this is the impossibility of Walter being out of the game. His clients are surely making too much money for Walter to just retire. I expect we’ll see them pop up again at some point. Perhaps Hank saves Walter’s life in some way related to this?

  9. TigerNightmare says:

    I dunno if you guys wanna sift through the comments from the recap a couple weeks ago, but I kind of totally called this, sort of. I knew that deep down, Walt was a good man and I’m really glad he came to his senses and reunited with his family and left the meth business for good (apparently). Even though I always thought of that as a fantasy scenario, I didn’t see it coming at all. But now Hank’s going to ruin everything. I can’t really blame him, but it’s over and Walter’s going to die anyway.

    C’mon, who’s with me? Walter’s crimes include poisoning those who want to be poisoned, making Brock sick for a couple days, murdering a lot of criminals and having an out of control ego. Gus’ thugs killed Andrea’s brother and Todd killed the kid with the spider. Okay, Krazy 8 was an undercover agent, but he was trying to stab him.

    Also, that Crystal Blue Persuasion montage made the good part of three months pass by, so we only have about 9 months to account for between Hank on the toilet and Walter at Denny’s.

    • c says:

      Thru his actions, or rather lack of, was he not indirectly responsible for the deaths of all those in the plane crashes?
      What about the thousands of those using and dying from the meth?
      What about the families?
      He’s not a good guy, but for some sick reason, I like him too.

      • TigerNightmare says:

        Walter definitely had a hand in the collision, but he never could have seen such a thing coming and never intended to harm anyone. After he let Jane die (who was kind of a monster waiting to happen that would get Jesse hooked on heroin) he showed immediate regret. Despite their fights, both physical and verbal, Walter has shown much kindness and camaraderie with Jesse. He sees him like a son and finally did right by paying him his cut. While drugged out of his mind in ‘Fly’, he let out how sorry he felt about Jane. It’s things like that that he buries in the back of his mind because, with all that’s happened, he’d just lose it like at the end of ‘Crawl Space’. He has to whistle and commit to the banality of work because his wife hates him, he should have already died and he has nothing else left. Good on Skyler for waking him up and making him feel like there is a way out. Too bad it’s too late.

    • dash says:

      Hello, Tiger: Where can I get whatever it is you’re smoking because you are seeing things come out nicely wrapped up with a big yellow bow. Must be nice. Do you actually believe that Walt is now a good man and has come to his senses? Walt poisoned “those who wanted to be poisoned?” Yes, of course…who wouldn’t agree with your statement that Brock (a child) wanted to be poisoned!

      • TigerNightmare says:

        I mentioned Brock, who was made sick for a couple of days, and he did so to save not only himself, but his family. He gave meth-heads what they wanted.

      • seattlejohn449 says:

        DASH…is it possible to respond to other posters without getting personal with the dirision and sarcasm and respect that other people deserve to think differently than you? Can you make your points without stating everyone else is stupid because you have it all figured out?

  10. tripoli says:

    Are you downplaying Walt’s crimes as not so bad because he killed people who deserved it?

  11. Karen says:

    I found it so odd that Walt was finally all ‘I’m done’. I can’t see any massive big difference (other than a few million dollars) to why he’s suddenly all nice. It really freaks me out. And towards the end I also knew it couldn’t stay all nice and sunny for all that long. And BAM, thank you Hank for finally seing the bigger picture.
    also, Aaron Paul is soooo incredible. My thought was that he was terrified for his life, and therefore grabbed the gun. Also brilliant set-up, not showing what Jessse was doing before he opened the door.
    And Jesse HAS to find out what Walt did to Brock at some point, right?! And am I the only person who would have absolutely loved a Skylar/Jesse alliance?

  12. I cannot wait for the Opera.

  13. Frank says:

    The irony; Hank finds his Heisenberg—his brother in law, the man who helped pay for medical recovery. Here’s a thought, since this show uses foreshadowing a lot, have we already seen Walter dead? Remember in season 2.2, Los Cuates de Sinaloa “Negro y Azul,” a music video about Heisenberg starts the show? At the very end they sing the line “…that home’s dead…He just doesn’t know it yet” and we see Heisenberg laying dead in the dirt. I think Hank’s going to try to help him—after all, his boss told him the Fring case is done. I’m figuring things go terribly wrong when Walt tries to extricate himself from the “business.” And as the song in the video points out, “The fury of the cartel, Ain’t no one escaped it yet.”

  14. Jake says:

    The lack of Jesse is really not great and I kinda have lost my love for walter with all these deaths. Nice of him to give Jesse money. Guess its really not gonna live happily ever after, lol

  15. pete says:

    People are forgetting that we are on a Scarface type story arc and if so it is inevitable that although he is gonna feel terrible about it walt is gonna kill Jesse no matter what and most likely from some sort of jealous sick fantasy that involves Jesse and Skyler. Or do you think that is taking the scarface story too literally . I mean think about it Walt is now super boss after killing gus and gus was a very evil Robert Loggia .

  16. Rik says:

    Something to keep in mind: Writers are also Artists; we see exactly what they intend for us to see. For example, the “mistakes” in a Paul Cezanne painting of fruit on a kitchen table – those strange angles? – he could’ve taken the time to “fix” them, eh? The writers of Breaking Bad aren’t lapsing into bad logic, here; they’re engineering exactly how everything will “circle the drain” in the final episodes.

  17. pete says:

    My theory is Walt needed the Machine gun because of his stupid decision to involve Todd. The first clue for next years ending was Todds uncle being a neo nazi because arent the Aryan Brotherhood the undisputed kings of meth in America ? That really could be the bloodbath being run and next year the bloodbath overflowing ……Oh yeah I wanna start writing the british version of this show and thats the way I am going lol

    • hitler says:

      Walk has reaped mighty rewards off his decision to keep Todd in the fold after taking care of that witness.

      These nazis are no threat to Walt, nor is Todd. They all work with him and have all given the impression that they’ve been adequately compensated for their efforts and have nothing but hordes of bounty to gain if they can manage to continue their employment.

      Also, I’m pretty sure we don’t have any ‘meth kings’ here, and if we did, they’d almost certainly be of the latino persuasion.

    • missing mike says:

      I think the final season will have Todd’s uncle be more prominent. Neo-Nazis also make for good antagonists for the writers.

    • NancyCarolyn says:

      HILARIOUS! LOVE YOUR POSTS!

  18. JB Smooove says:

    “”Mid season finale”” can we just call it what it is: shortened season 5 and 6?

  19. Eddy says:

    I don’t know if i’m the first, but i think the cancer is back, remember the scene with Walter taking a cat-scan and after retiring from the “empire business”. I think in the end Walter will die of cancer making the circle complete.

  20. Holy C says:

    Dear bjork. You leave nothing but insulting, nasty comments. Here’s one for you. You…are…Breaking…Pathetic. Get a grip!

    • idiot watch says:

      Dear Holy Cr@p: I’ve found bjork’s comments to be refreshingly direct, pointed and illuminating. In this age of endless pablum, it’s nice to call a spade a spade. Bjork is brilliant.

  21. Aliastri says:

    I have really enjoyed reading these comments… I am surprised that only a few have picked up on why the cartel did not kill Gus; Don Eladio said he didn’t kill Gus because he knew who he was. Obviously Gus is well connected in Chile if Don Eladio wouldn’t kill him!!! Fring is a name he chose possibly to disguise a very well known family name. Skylar and Jessie teaming up to kill Walt is laughable. Hank really will shoot himself in the foot if he reveals Walt as Heisenberg and his desk job in Dc will definitely go up in smoke. Walt will probably be on the run from the German company if anything goes wrong, he also admitted to his competitors that he killed Gus and that Jesse was one of the best cooks in the U.S. turning Mr Chips into Scarface is the idea ‘say hello to my little friend’ hence the big ass gun. In Scarface the big boys come to deal with him cos he didn’t play ball. Walt has lost the trust of those around them but I don’t believe his wife or Jesse would betray him! Walt is living somewhere else aged 52 and looks in sore need of a woman’s touch. Love this series!!! So many possibilities even Todd’s Uncle etc could be an issue!

    • pete says:

      Thats exactly what I said Todds uncle – Aryan Brotherhood
      Aryan Brotherhood – Cartel from Scarface
      and I really do not want this but Jesse is Pacinos friend and is doomed ….

      • TigerNightmare says:

        I really feel like the swastika tattoo was just character flavoring common to ex-cons. If anything, Walter’s new distribution partner is more of a threat to me than the people who collected a nice payday for a job from him. I wouldn’t rule out Todd or his uncle as potential problems but it just seems unlikely to have the show focus on them instead of Hank VS Walt in the final 8 episodes.

    • Joe P says:

      I think Walt is dying in the first scene of this season. He’s coughing in the bathroom. I think he wants to return home after being on the run. he seems miserable and alone. He wants to see his family one last time and that’s why he’s arming himself. Then again, I also have no f’n clue and that’s the brilliance of the show.

    • Mark N. says:

      I had forgotten how Walt played up Jesse’s cooking abilities to Declan’s gang when they all met. That may not turn out so well for Jesse.

  22. JB Smooove says:

    Wow, just finished season 4 on Netflix. Can’t wait to watch season 5, but sucks we have to wait for season 6 to finish it all up.

  23. Matt says:

    I am a huge fan of the show but I was a little put off with the way Hank found out. It seems too convenient. Also, they bull rushed the idea of Walt giving up the meth business. He went from starting shipping overseas to “I’m out”. And are we supposed to believe Skyler would have just stayed with him after all of this? Overall, a disappointing episode.

  24. missing mike says:

    I think the “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire motto on Walt’s car rental license plates in this season’s opener is a big clue to the final season.

  25. missing mike says:

    I think the clues point to Walt’s cancer being back. I think he decided to forgo the chemo which is why he has hair in the flash forward.

    When I saw that Walt was going to be around a bunch of pest control chemicals my first thought was that was a good way for a cancer prone man to get cancer again.

    I think the big ol’ pile of money and his cancer recurring is why he said he is out of the business.

  26. Joseph F. McNulty says:

    There are several things about “Breaking Bad” that bother me right now: (1) the show is ending arbitrarily; there is an understanable impulse to avoid “jumping the shark,” but the killings of Gus Fring and Mike indicate to me that the train is on a rigid, thoughtless schedue that must be kept,even though there are many other stories to be told; (2) Saul Goodman is a major neglected resource; (3) some way must be found to bring Jesse back into the picture; the new, responsible Jesse is a bore; is he really SHOCKED that the drug business involves occasional killings? (4) Walter White seems unnesassarily confused and indecisive; since when does he really CARE about the feelings of Skyler, a woman who said that she was counting the days until his cancer came back; (5) I would think that a quick, dangerous affair with Lydia was called for, not because either wants love, but because they are both gigantic egos seeking momentary fulfillment. What is Walt going to tell Hank about the book and inscription, that Gayle came to him as a fellow chemist at the high school and asked for help with a problem. Why didn’t Walt mention this during the investigation of Gayle’s death? Because he was embarassed to learn that someone he helped with a pH problem turned out to be a drug manufacturer. Will that slow Hank down even if it doesn’t completely fool him? Can’t Walt bargain with Hank on the basis that Hank doesn’t want it known that Walt paid thousands for Hank’s rehab? And that money came from meth? What is Hank’s defense, that he did not know if was “meth money” because he thought it was profits from ILLEGAL gambling? What if Marie never told him that Walt was paying, and he thought it was insurance money? Can he say that and lay all the blame on Marie? Will the DEA think that until now he has been protecting Heisenberg’s identity?

    • Good point, Inspector McNulty, the defense that Hank’s medical bills were paid for by the proceeds from illegal gambling is not going to float all that well, and Hank KNOWS that Walt is up to his ears in incredible medical bills, so Hank’s lack of curiosity about White’s source of income is just not going to fly. and then there is the IRS. So far Hank’s wife has managed to dodge her ex boss’s money handling, at some risk to her own. but remember, DEATH AND TAXES. I would not look for this to go out as a MORALITY PLAY.

    • idiot watch says:

      again with this “jumping the shark” reference? it’s so tired already…

  27. ronco says:

    I think Hank is on to walt in ep. 503 “Madrigal” when the chief is telling story about grilling with fring and he says ” he was right under our noses the whole time” Look at Hanks Face, he’s thinking about who else is right under their noses. here is where he starts making the connections; but maybe dismisses it later on.

  28. Exactly what was it that Hank saw in the book that pieced it all together. I could need read it.

  29. Arlo says:

    Wow! What a ride, I honestly think Walter will be able to laugh the book off. It looked pretty old and could have been given to him buy anyone (with the initials G.B.) years earlier. Ideally, someone who’s already dead, so Hank can’t follow-up. Plus the fact that Walter’s out now means that even if Hank does decide to tail him, there won’t be anything to find. In the meantime I don’t think that Lydia or her Czech partners will be too happy about Hank retiring. In fact I thought that the whole family was going to get wacked by the Russian Mob in the backyard by the pool. Now that would have been an ending!

    • Dr. No says:

      Well, no Arlo…Walt will not be laughing it off. Yes the book was old but was given to him by Gale B. the chemist. It will be easy to prove because the DEA has Gale’s journal which references W.W. there as well, plus a handwriting analysis would prove the writing in the book and journal are the same. I guess you missed a few key episodes. In any case, I don’t imagine anyone will be doing much laughing for the final 8.

  30. aliastri says:

    Mike shouldn’t have been killed!

    • appy says:

      mike should not have been killed i agree, he should have been the one to take walt down and see that jesse and himself get away. walt even said after he shot him ” oh ive just remebered i could have got the names from lydia” nice one walt for wasting mike for no reason you asshole111

    • missing mike says:

      I agree that Mike should not have been killed. Mostly because I will miss seeing Jonathan Banks doing such a stellar job portraying Mike.

  31. appy says:

    thers just so many possibilities as to how this might end and im willing to bet that none of us will be right lol. .. jesse is going to go ape if he ever finds out about walt doing all that stuff to him. the ricin, his gf etc. Plus the duffel bag mike was brown and jessies was black. i love the speculations and thats what the writers want us to do. Personally i hope jesse walks away from it all with all he has come a long way from the rapscallion he used to be back in his captain cook chillie P days lol he only does the dope when he is depressed or stuff on his mind from what i can tell. he has been mostly clean whilst working with walt. he is actually areally clever guy , he knew about stage 3 melanomas he thought up the magnet plan and bless him he jsut wanted mike to get away i think he sees mike as more of a father figure than walt his parents are so hard on him too when it was his little brother smoking that joint he took the rap and said nothing. – im going on i know but im hooked i cant help but try and examine the details. but now i think it will be jesses time to be the mastermind and walt will seriously underestimate him

  32. appy says:

    to be fair his gf had to go she was threatening walt and messing jesse up getting him hooked on heroin i thin k iwould do the same if i was walt at that moment, i like to believe he did that for jesse. but its all open to interpretation i guess

  33. Dan scribla says:

    Great piece there Kimberly, it was just as intense and enjoyable as the episode itself. 5*

  34. blueice says:

    Hi everybody, I scrolled down and read all of these comments as a huge fan of the show. (some people really need to get a clue and start from the first season). But for you die hard fans… I found a hint that I didn’t see mentioned and I think you all will go ballistic for it. Walt recently celebrated his 51st birthday, and for breakfast, Skylar used bacon to make the numbers 51 on his plate… in the beginning of the season, Walt can be seen with a very thick beard, ordering from a diner, and using bacon to make the numbers 52.

    Which means, a whole year goes by, Walt is still alive and I’ll let you pros run with the rest. ( I wouldn’t have thought to go back and check the first episode if it wasn’t for some of you. We should put our brains to gether and open up our own meth labs ;) Fill in the demand left by Heisenberg.

  35. Devildawg66 says:

    I hope Walt bangs that chick Gale….She’s hot and his wife looks like a horse.

  36. Braking bad and Good says:

    Wonder what Hank will do when he realizes that’s how they helped him pay for therapy to walk again…

  37. Captain Crunch says:

    Regardless of whether “Gretchen Black” actually gave Walt the book, if she’s a real person that knows Walt, can she be bought for a fraction of Walt’s pile of money? Hank doesn’t want to believe his brother-in-law could be the guy, so there’d be no reason not to believe her.

    One problem, handwriting analysis. So *if* Walt figures out what’s going on before Hank actually takes the book, he could replace it it with another with her handwriting. Thus, Hank would have to tip his hand to Walt, but leave the book in the bathroom for that to work–i.e., Walt, I found a book in the bathroom… … what’s the story with that?

    All of that does require a lot of work by Walt, but how much would be lost if his lies collapsed on themselves because he did nothing?

    • mike says:

      //if she’s a real person that knows Walt, can she be bought for a fraction of Walt’s pile of money?// I highly doubt it as she, along with her husband, owns gray matter which is a multi-billion dollar corporation.

  38. reallyreallylike says:

    Don’t know why some respondents feel the need to be rude about this. We’re each allowed our own thoughts. here, and sharing/discussing the differences should be fun, not a chance to put each other down.

    IMO.

    For my part, as a lover of plot twists and foreshadowing, I can’t separate what is dramatically satisfying from real-world likelihood. But I’m certain of two things:

    1. Hank didn’t have a clue. Or rather there were many clues, but no unifying supposition to reveal them as such … to Hank. To us, they were always obvious, because we were in the know from the beginning. To him, as someone extremely good at his job, they will become so with hindsight. For Hank, Walter has never been a contender as Heisenberg – it’s the other side that has room to entertain the philosophy, ‘keep your enemies closer’. Walter has been too close to be in focus, and Hank believed he knew him well; looking at his brother-in-law, he saw a humbling intellect, but not a practical achiever like himself; a well-meaning, bumbling geek (germ of truth; cf Walter getting his Y-fronts in a twist over Mike and the list of names – leaving Lydia out of the equation – absurd, pathetic …awful. Not exactly Heisenberg’s finest moment). Walter has developed his talent as the sort of arch-deceiver Gus had become. The speech of the outgoing ASAC (sorry, name forgotten) about Fring at his barbecue, charming, urbane, under his nose and someone altogether other than who he appeared to be was significant. These things apply far more acutely to Walter and Hank. Fring and Walter both hide in plain sight, but Walter has done it even more successfully now that he’s in the driving seat, cooking meth openly in neighbourhoods across Albuquerque with only a green and yellow tent between his operation and the world.

    2. Hank was always going to find out. It’s both dramatically satisfying and (IMO) realistically probable. It was always going to be a function of Walter’s hubris. It was always going to be some overlooked detail. Further, Walter, like many a master criminal, has taken too much egotistical pleasure in defeating his opponents. Hank’s nearness to him made it too easy, and Walter has subconsciously been baiting him with clues. (The big one being the drunken suggestion that Gale was not Heisenberg but Heisenberg’s Igor.) Now that Hank is on to him, whether or not he has an instant case for prosecution, there’s really nowhere for Walter to hide in terms of actual discovery; everything depended on him being above suspicion. How Hank will handle it is another matter. But if he doesn’t confront Walter, Walter will be far more vulnerable, his manoeuvres transparent. (Anybody here do cryptic crosswords? They seem impossible until you learn the rules and get a feel for the setter’s turn of thought. If your setter is one who likes to imbed a theme in the puzzles, what seemed impenetrable becomes plain as day as soon as you cotton on to it.)

    Sorry to ramble!

  39. Jim Cameron says:

    The most immediate question I have is, who is the ricin going to be used on? Walt saved it and that wouldn’t have been shown unless is had significance. My bet? He uses it on Hank. Walt is hard core to the bone.

  40. Marianne says:

    How are we supposed to wait a YEAR for the next show? That is torture.

  41. mikey says:

    Does nobody know that this show is based on a book? I guess I wont ruin it for everyone but all I’ll say is this, “BETTER CALL SAUL!”

  42. The poem book represented a human side to the monster Walt has become. He held on to it as a reminder of a time when he still felt bad about killing people. It is that tiny shred of humanity he still holds on to that will be his undoing.

  43. Anna Karenina says:

    Come on, after all, Walt can always say he does not know where this book comes from, that he got it in a garage sale, or in a thrift shop. There can be lots of people in Albuquerque with the initials W.W anyway. It does not constitute any evidence at all. But it’s true that now Hank’s suspicion is arisen. Also, some people could argue that Walt has an “unconscious wish to be found out”. You sometimes read about it in crime novels etc. And in reality too, some criminals plant clues in a sort of unconscious or not so unconscious way to taunt the police.

    • reallyreallylike says:

      Walt can always say he doesn’t know where the book comes from? The book is inscribed to him, in Gale’s writing. And it was Walt who identified for Hank the reference to Whitman in Gale’s notes, not the other way round. Sure, it might not stand up by itself in a court of law … Hands up who thinks a court of law is where this show is going to be resolved?

  44. SaveWalterWhite says:

    I haven’t read all of the comments, so forgive me if I am being redundant. Todd in now in possession of the tarantula. I believe that it will make a guest appearance in the surprise ending!

  45. SaveWalterWhite says:

    Typo: Todd IS now in possession on the tarantula.

  46. Shazaaam says:

    what I don’t believe is that Hank is a good enough detective to piece the W.W. together in the first place. They have made him out to be a little better than he started off in the past, but all in all I think they make him out to be a little slower than your average guy.

  47. Steve says:

    I wonder if Hank has cameras in his office? In the episode where Walt removed the bugs, they cut to a shot from up high by the ceiling. Might have just be creative videography, but … if there are security cams, and Hank reviews the tapes … busted big time!

    Steve

  48. SaveWalterWhite says:

    Who will be bitten by the tarantula? Will the closing scene of the last episode show Walt’s hand slowly open exposing the Ricin vial while he dies from its poisonous bite?

  49. bottom line. walt could kill everyone

    • Andrew Brannigan says:

      If Walt really did want to get out of the business, one way he could do it would be something like this: Walt could approach Saul and tell him that he needs to hire a crooked doctor to fake a death certificate. Then Walt could arrange for he and his family to be outfitted with new identities. Walt could tell Jesse that he desperately needs to see him, he could make something up like they caught Mike or that the DEA just busted Todd, Walt could then kill Jesse. Then, Walt could show up to cook with Todd like nothing happened. Then Walt could kill Todd. Walt could destroy all the mobile lab equipment in a house fire leaving Todd’s uncle to assume that Walt and his nephew died in the flames. Walt could then skip town with his fortune and remain in hiding until Skyler and the kids were able to come and meet him. Everyone would believe that Walt had died so nobody would be looking for him, and the White family could live out the rest of their days (Walt may not have all that many left) in comfort.

      Let’s face facts, one of the major themes of the show is how getting involved in drugs and crime can change a person. Any semblance of Walt’s good guy “I just want to help my family” image is long gone. He’s a cold blooded killer responsible for the deaths of a good many people. He killed Emilio and Krazy-8, he killed Fring, Tyrus and Hector, he killed two drug dealers with his car, he killed two of Fring’s henchmen in the lab, he killed Mike, he watched Jane die, thereby becoming directly responsible for her father’s emotional state when he crashed the two jets into one another, he pressured Jesse into killing Gale, he poisoned Brock and he’s now definitely planning on getting Lydia out of the picture. Does that sound like a good guy to any of you?

      Most fans of this brilliant show really love Jesse’s character. He’s a good kid at heart that’s made some really boneheaded mistakes and it can still be argued that Jesse did a lot of the things he did solely because he was forced or duped into them. His conscience has been plaguing him and you can’t have a conscience if you’re going to be a drug dealer or much less a drug lord. As sad as it is, Jesse’s character has to be done away with by Walt. Walt really should take out everybody who’s left that knows too much, that means Jesse, Todd and Saul. And he’s got to do it in such a manner as to leave everyone baffled and then just disappear. It could be done, but we all know it won’t.

  50. Samir says:

    This can lead to uncountable numbers of things that could happen, Either Walt gets busted, or Walt end up Killing Hank, or Walt might just pull out a good excuse for the WW, or maybe Walt put that book there on purpose or or or, either way it is gonna be a very interesting last episodes

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