In this episode we see a pathetic and broken creature. Reminiscent of Gollum, Walter White has crippled under his own obsessions and the forced slow-down due to his cancer has finally given him the time to acknowledge it.
Breaking Bad is excellent at many things, one of which being it's ability to convey so much through so little. As 'Heisenberg' confronts Sal and falls into a fit of coughing, it was more than just funny, it was utterly poignant. Heisenberg is a shadow of it's former self, and it didn't even leave very much of the 'Walter' was saw in series 1 left. He's just a shell of either man that he formerly was, and now he has to wallow in it.
An episode of Breaking Bad in it's 5th season isn't complete without a murder, and this time, reminding us how unsafe every single character of the show is, it was Andrea's turn. We all wanted Jesse to escape; Breaking Bad has hit the high points of so many cliches (train robbery, prison escape, shoot out). However, there is no happy ending in this show, and so Jesse doesn't run free, but instead is forced to watch the death of the only adult still alive that he cared about.
Emotions were twisted, raised and pushed throughout this episode. We see Junior's absolute hatred for the man that has taken the place of the Dad he once loved, and we see Walt hit his lowest low as he recognises there's no point to any of it. That's when we're treated to some surprisingly delightful resolution on 'Grey Matter'. Arguably a catalyst for Walt's insatiable desire for money, his biggest regret plays on the television of this bar as the insult turns to injury. The current owner; Elliot Schwartz; denounces any involvement Walt may have had and this seems to be just the sick motivation that a disquieting person such as Mr. White needs.
Now I'm left knowing that there is just 70 more minutes of Breaking Bad, and more questions than could be answered if there was a resolution for every second left of the programme. Vince Gilligan hasn't let me down at all, and upon reflection that is an incredible achievement. Never before have I experienced a series so seemingly flawless that the creator appears as infallible as this. Many people on my Twitter feed seem somewhat concerned with what a 'good ending' could possibly be when it comes to something as atypical as Breaking Bad, but I am hard pressed to share this worry. With the trust that they have built up in me, I look forward to seeing how they have capped this amazing experience, but I most certainly do not look forward to the emptiness it will leave behind.