This was the pinnacle of Breaking Bad and pretty much the end of Walter White. The next two episodes, as extra long as they are going to be, will undoubtedly focus on wrap up. Not everything is answered, not even half of it. Jesse is Todd's slave, Lydia is off somewhere doing something, Walt goes crazy with a gun at some point, the house is abandoned and decrepit. Asides from all of that, I have too much stuff to discuss about this episode alone, and nowhere near enough time.
Hank's dead, and that sucks. As Tank pulled the trigger I'm pretty sure I figured out why Walt was so protective of family. As far as I can tell, Walt had deluded himself into believing that this meth empire was a separate thing from his family life. Watching Hank die brought home how fucked up everything was, and how Walter White was no longer a different entity from Heisenberg. They don't operate in different worlds at this point. Everything is awful.
Walt then goes full Heisenberg in what was a bit of a confusing scene with his pointing Jesse out for murder. We have Walt simply not concerned with the death of Jesse, but actually wanting it. His whole demeanour changes as he tells Jesse about Jane (which is the only way Jesse would have ever found out, so kudos to the writing team for devising a situation where it makes sense for this to happen). As he confesses he looks almost sorry, but totally not.
The neo-Nazis ride off with nearly $70 million, and that pissed me off. Breaking Bad is not a show that lives by 'karma' though, and so I can imagine a very real scenario in which they get away. Too easily did all that money disappear, and in a way it's poignant. A few tricks later and Walt's back home. During this time we are treated to the heart-breaking confidence from Marie that Hank has finally caught Heisenberg and that Junior has to know. Junior's acting here was phenomenal and Skyler partly redeems herself for the evil she has displayed in the past few episodes by actually seeming to care.
Skyler, edging herself away from 'total devil status' does the necessary as she and her son confront Walt. "Where's Hank?" is a pretty fair question to be asking at this point, and bloody hell did she ask it. I'm not quite sure if Walt had much of a plan as to what he would reply to such an inevitable enquiry, but if this was it, maybe scrap it and try again.
Blah, blah, blah… Knife Fight! At various points during this scramble I was surprised how absolutely every person there seemed so close to death Skyler might die, Junior might die, Holly might die. Somehow everybody lived and Junior like a guardian, sits in front of his Mum, and finally calls the fucking police.
Let's skip the rest and, in the interest of time, focus on the phone call. How do you make a scene stand out in an episode where every scene is award-winning? You do it with Bryan Cranston, a cell phone, and more emotion than you'd find in a screening of Toy Story 3. It seems as though this was an episode where the audience was reminded that it is never as simple as black and white. Walt is not inherently an evil person with weird motivations, but a fucked up guy who still cares. Ten seconds in to the litany of abuse he was throwing at Skyler and I realised, this wasn't simply a reading of a standard forum post, this was a plan. More than that, this was his final goodbye to the family that he, in his own sick and twisted way, sacrificed so much for.
Holly is left in a fire truck; the nearest thing to a guaranteed way to get the attention of somebody who actually listens to 'Amber alerts'. Where we go from here, I have only a few ideas, none of which seem correct. The next episode is on Netflix as I type, 53 minutes long and calling me. Like some wise men once sang, 'Do I Wanna Know?'.