Monday, September 3, 2012

Breaking Bad 2012 Finale Asks New Questions, Answers a Lot More

In case you haven't figured out, this is my blog. Not a fancy shmancy news source. So I'm going to post things about tech, and, frankly, everything else I like. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a recap of last night's super insane final 2012 Episode of the AMC hit series, Breaking Bad. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET, PLEASE PLEASE GO OUT AND WATCH IT NOW. SERIOUSLY.

The episode last night began with a reappearance of one of the show's most popular/unpopular motifs- the fly. Now, I'm going to be very clear, I LOVED that episode. A lot of people do. But a lot of people also despise it- maybe because it was a "bottle episode" or maybe because at times it wasn't completely filled with intense and unimaginable shock and action. But, the use of motifs is something that makes this show truly interesting and almost beautiful in a literary aspect. And, as you might imagine, it's simply something that cannot be ignored as important.

Walt successfully dumps Mike's body through the usual process of disintegrating it, but the most important aspect of this scene is the arrival of Jesse, concerned about Mike, and Walt's reaction. Possibly the most powerful quotes in this scene are Walt's regretful statement of "He's gone." "Who is this we?" Walter then asks Jesse, after being asked where they plan to go on from this point- only to yield a response of his departure. Walt may still be bitter about Jesse leaving him, but he can't allow him to know what he has done to Mike and what he's about to do about the nine names that Mike withheld from him and led to his death.

Walt manages to not only get the names from Lydia, but also to become involved in a new method of distribution, through the company that managed the logistics for Los Pollos Hermanos, Madrigal. And, it is revealed after their conversation that Walter had planned to poison Lydia after receiving the names, as she had predicted he would attempt to do. The true metamorphosis from Mr. Chipps to Scarface has been quite apparent throughout all of Season Five, but it is in this moment that it really shines, as Walt really hasn't learned his lesson from killing off Mike.

And, one by one in only a minute of time, the nine prisoners, including the lawyer who was prepared to give everything to the DEA, were murdered- much to the dismay of Hank.

The following scene is very interesting, as Walt is seen playing with his daughter, only to be greeted by Hank, who, in a fit of hopelessness, holds Walt from leaving and shares a drink with him- revealing that he often thinks about an old summer job he had marking trees in the woods. And, as a usual response from a detached Walt, all he can say is how he enjoys camping.

What comes afterwards is a pleasant Breaking Bad technique- the brilliant matching of the song Crystal Blue Persuasion to the uninterrupted three month long process of Walter and Todd cooking, only to be halted by Skylar's revalating presentation of all the money amassed by Walt. The stack of money, although the number isn't revealed, is likely to be hundreds of millions of dollars- as Lydia had promised him.

Walt, unable to continue what he is doing at the expense of Skylar and his family, quits producing meth entirely, giving a nervous Jesse the money he deserved. What is so horrifying about this however, is that Jesse had a gun in his back pocket, prepared to relent against the monstorous Walter.

In this episode, the use of motifs and reminders from the show's past are very important to pay attention to. From a tip of the hat to the cancer scene from the first episode, to the banged up paper towel dispenser, Lydia's nod toward Tuco's meth-inspired phrase "We're going to make a lot of money together", and multiple nods to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. All of these things come together to mean one thing for Walt: he's not quite done yet.

And so, after a long forgotten Breaking Bad signature time lapse, Walt is shown enjoying a meal with his family, while Junior plays with Holly. Everybody laughing, smiling, and having a good time. And then, the expected "holy shit moment" returns.

Hank, while looking for literature to read while he takes a dump, discovers Walt's gifted copy of Leaves of Grass, the Walt Whitman book given to him by Gale in Season Three. Hank, sifting through the pages finds an attribution in the first page, reading:
To my other, favorite W.W. It's an honour working with you. Fondly G.B.

"You've got me"- the last line of last night's explosive episode of Breaking Bad, which also happens to be the FINAL episode for this year. Yes, this means you must wait until Summer 2013 to find out what happens to Walt. Boo hoo, deal with it, baby. But that's not the point. The important part is, Hank, for all intensive purposes "has" Walt now. He's been caught. One of the most brilliant men, who had covered ALL of his bases and made sure to hide everything, made one teeny tiny mistake.

One can only wonder what the next half of the season will bring us. More importantly, one wonders what will catch up to Walter first: could it be the cancer, Hank, Jesse, Lydia, or even himself? We'll have to wait until next summer to find out. See you in 2013.

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