Walt's dead, Jesse's free and Breaking Bad is over. Certainly not a unique way to open a review on this episode, but a compelling one. I'm not going to detail what happened because I would only be one of the literally thousands to do so. I'm just going to talk about how I felt, and whilst it isn't the most exciting thing in the world, that's the sort of hyperbolic statement that allows for a whole lot of still mildly exciting stuff like this article.
Ignoring the ridiculous theories about the ending on which I came dangerously close to writing a ranting article, I think people should be hard pressed to legitimately moan about how this show was resolved. There are the people who are moaning about how neatly everything was wrapped up, but I suppose 'neatly' is subjective. There would have been double the people crying if the show had ended ambiguously, so there was never a winning scenario, just the sensible and incredible one. This one.
I feel as though Damon Lindelof's recent revelations nicely sum up the quality of the delicate handling employed by the show's creators when bringing this phenomenon to a close. You will hear a lot from people who are obviously cooler than me that "the show is good, but it's not the best show ever like people are saying". To be honest, it's very easy to make a statement like this and have the majority of people automatically feel as though this proclamation is a bold and well-justified one. In reality it is a statement made by somebody who simply likes to make his objection, no matter how small, to the mass opinion known. Ignore these people.
I feel as though I could write a whole article about the episode's name alone. FeLiNa; Iron, Lithium and Sodium; Blood, Meth and Tears. Then we have the tape Walt pulls out of the glove compartment in the car off-handedly, and the song is 'El Paso' by Marty Robbins in which Felina has a starring role, and the whole thing is eerily similar to the events of the final season. Of course there is the obvious as well; Felina is an anagram of finale.
Jesse got the happiest ending possible given everything that had happened, but I do not think that the show was as happy as a lot of people made it out to be. I am not 100% sure why people have forgotten the events of finale already, and managed to convince themselves that it was all very perfect, but it wasn't. Watch the episode again. Unlike Breaking Bad? This final episode was as Breaking Bad as it has ever been. Nothing is perfect, and nothing is alright. Walt wrapped up his legacy, and the exceptional story is over, but it ended in quite literally a hail of bullets.
Walt's death at the end of it all felt like the continuation of the steady beats being hit throughout the episode, and as he fell to the floor it was just right. We are lucky that we had a show like this in our life time, because this is the sort of journey you will rarely get to go on. I don't know if I will ever again experience a conclusion to something I loved so dearly for so long, but if I do, I hope it's as satisfying as this.