Heisenberg has been woken from his New Hampshire slumber and compelled by his damaged pride to return to where it all began. But what does Walter White have planned? All of the series’ remaining questions are about to be answered.
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) famously told Skyler (Anna Gunn) that he “still had things left to do” at the end of “Ozymandias.” Well, we’re about to find out what those things are. And we’re about to find out the true fate of Heisenberg.
Gretchen & Elliot: The First Order Of Business
That interview of Gretchen and Elliot Schwartz was more than just the thing that turned Walt back into Heisenberg. He actually has unfinished business with them.
The first thing on his to-do list upon arriving back in New Mexico is to pay them a visit. He takes a stroll through their art deco mansion — everything he could have had if his life had been a little different — before finally confronting them.
Walter seems to know that he doesn’t have much time left, which makes him even more dangerous. But WW didn’t go there to kill them, he went there to establish a trust fund. He gives Gretchen and Elliot his remaining nine million dollars to give to Walt Jr. and Holly when they turn 18. If his family isn’t going to take Walt’s money directly, by god he’s going to find a way to make them.
By the way, those sniper lasers Walt used to scare Gretchen and Elliot into following his orders — that was just Badger and Skinny Pete. I’m glad we got to see those guys one more time.
Next Up: Lydia & Todd
And with that we’ve caught up with the flash-forward that began this dystopian final season — Walt’s “birthday” breakfast at Denny’s.
From there Walt heads to the local coffee joint to hijack Todd’s (Jesse Plemons) meeting with Lydia. And while he fails to deceive them into a new way to cook meth, there is the whole matter of that ricin capsule — you know, that thing that’s been haunting Breaking Bad for its entire run? See, Lydia likes Stevia in her tea. She couldn’t be more obvious about it.
And ricin looks a whole lot like Stevia.
Walt Says Goodbye To His Family
Next on the list — Skyler (oh no, not in that way!). Walt pays one last visit to his poor, poor wife to try to make things right. He can’t, obviously, though hearing him finally admit that he loved being Heisenberg was nice for a change. “I did it for me,” he finally tells Skyler. It’s not redeeming, but at least it’s something.
As a parting gift, Walt gives Skyler the coordinates for where Hank is buried — information that will presumably get her off the hook legally, and also give her and Marie some peace.
The End Of ‘Breaking Bad’
And that brings us to the final act of Breaking Bad. Obviously the Neo-Nazis are the last on the list. They’re more in the killing Walt business than the making deals business, but that’s okay because handy Mr. White built a machine gun/trunk thingamajig that pretty much wipes all of them out. Yeah, science!
Before the gun goes off Walt rips the captive Jesse (Aaron Paul) to the floor, more or less saving the life he so badly wanted to end three episodes ago. Jesse kills Todd, while Walt puts a bullet in Uncle Jack’s face. Walter Hartwell White wins.
The only person he’s willing to give in to is Jesse. But Pinkman’s never been a killer, so instead of shooting Walt he tells him to do it himself before speeding off to freedom. Jesse’s face in that car — a mix of pure joy and utter horror — is something I’ll never forget.
So Walt is left the way he should be — bleeding out from a stray bullet in a meth lab, admiring the chemistry once more before dying. Just before the police arrive.
Like I said, no loose end went untied. Breaking Bad is over, and it feels right.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro