Breaking Bad has concluded its five-season run, and Vince Gilligan will forever be known as the man who created one of the best television dramas of all-time. Gilligan mentioned on last night’s Talking Bad how one wants their work to last after they are gone. Don’t worry about that, friend. Breaking Bad will be remembered.
There is plenty to discuss about the show in general, and certainly about season five, but this post is all about the finale titled “Felina.” Here are five questions for you, readers:
Should Walt have taken out Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz?
NO. Walt should not have killed more people, especially these two. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what would happen once he appeared in their home, but it didn’t feel right that the characters would suddenly show up at the end of the series, and then get killed to tie up loose ends.
Walter White turned into a monster, and it would not have been out of character for this egocentric murderer (remember, Walt White is a murderer) to literally remove agonies from his past. This early plot point of the finale raises questions about the episode as a whole. “Felina” certainly wasn’t one of the best, and ultimately wrapped everything up in a nice care package for the loyal viewer. When I look on Twitter and see the people say, “OMG. What a perfect ending”, I can’t say that I agree. Chris Hardwick from Talking Bad was almost tearing up for crying out loud. What’s that all about? “Ozymandias” was one of the best episodes ever, and just go ahead and look online to see what people were predicting after that.
Anyways, once Walter decided not to kill Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz, it told me that he would probably not be killing anybody other than Nazis.
How bad did Walt mess with the mind of Skyler?
The final episodes of Breaking Bad reveal a new Skyler White. The look in her eyes express a mixture of shock and devastation that is heart-breaking. When her husband finally appears, there is little emotion, and she only says “five minutes” while continuing to chain smoke. I wonder what will happen to Skyler, Marie and Flynn. There is a solid support system between the three, however it will probably take Skyler a long time to move on and accept what happened to her family. Of course the same goes for Marie and Flynn.
Was the final Walt/Jesse scene perfect?
Jesse Pinkman had a rough time on Breaking Bad, especially in the last few episodes. The man was completely broken to due to his involvement with Walter White, and then thrown in a pit and used to cook meth. By the time Walt showed up at the Nazi compound, the look on Jesse’s face revealed that he was no longer a human being. He was gone.
I am torn about Walt’s M60 and the murder of the Nazis. It makes sense that Walt would return to Albuquerque to kill Nasty Jack and the boys, but the manner in which it happened seems like another gift package for the viewer. The scene with Jesse and Todd was brutal, however it felt like a Breaking Bad moment, you know? The M60 conveniently allowed Walt to protect Jesse, shoot Jack in the head and catch a fatal bullet. I don’t buy that.
All of this lead to the Walt/Jesse showdown which we all knew was coming. I was a bit shocked when Jesse picked up the gun, and suddenly realized that he might actually kill Walt given his mental condition. However, this scene also didn’t feel right as Walt protected Jesse from the gunfire and then killed everybody in the room except Todd. There had to be a Walt/Jesse moment, but I expected it to come after a long conversation about the past. I was expecting this scene to be THE Jesse Pinkman moment, regardless of his decision to let Walt live or die. In the end, Jesse didn’t want to kill anybody, he just wanted out. However, under the circumstances, I was disappointed that there wasn’t a larger verbal blowout between the two. A few lines of dialogue brought it all together and Jesse walked away.
What’s next for Jesse Pinkman?
Look at the picture above. I wanted to see more of this intensity in the confrontation with Walt. The shot of Jesse driving away is iconic and is fitting for the final shot, however the finale would have been more effective if the Walt/Jesse conversation had brought to light all of the pain that Jesse Pinkman had experienced.
What’s next for Jesse? I don’t think he would remain in Albuquerque, but what does he have left? Brock and art.
Do you buy the final scene?
In the end, Walter White returns to Albuquerque and ties up all the loose ends: he finds a way to get money to his family through old connections, he kills the Nazis and rescues Jesse.
Of course, it’s not all that simple. The suicide of Walt or the murder of Jesse would have been shocking, but how would it hold up years from now? The concept of the final scene works, however the visual of Walter on the ground reminds me too much of Jack from “Lost”. It is an iconic shot, however I wish that the placement of Walt’s body would have been different.
These are my initial thoughts on the finale, and I may have to revisit this topic next week when everything has settled in. Let me know what you think.
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