“Breaking Bad” ended with a bang, a self-inflicted bang that put Walter White’s lights out forever. As Walt’s genius would have it, the bullet came from a gun that he rigged from 100 feet away and it fired through a wall. He pulled the trigger via remote control that was rigged up to his car key remote. This action snubbed out all the bad guys at once, except for one.
The journey of “Breaking Bad” took five seasons, but it was revisited last night in reverse so that lose ends were tied up. Sunday night’s journey was mostly about putting the score even, which included a few deaths, including Walt's. He also made sure any threats to his family were gone.
As CNN suggests in an article on Sept. 30, viewers knew the ricin was going to be the demise of someone when Walt first took it out of the wall. Using it as a replacement for Lydia’s sugar substitute Stevia, makes sense looking back now, as she mentions the sugar substitute several times this season.
Lydia was a threat to Skyler, the queen of meth dealing wanted her dead after seeing her at the car wash. That was one threat neutralized by Walt. Walt’s visit to Skyler, who is now living in a housing project was sad, there she sat as a broken woman. Skyler carried the pain of Walt’s crimes, she was a lonely mess sitting in that apartment when Walt showed up.
Even while wallowing in her destitute world, Skyler still tells Walt that she wants nothing to do with his money when he took out his wallet. Walt wasn’t giving her money, he handed her a lottery ticket that when you read the numbers as coordinates, it was the location of Hank and his partner’s body.
Before departing for good, Walt tells Skyler why he really did all this. This time it was not for his “family." He finally came out with the truth:
“I did it for me, I liked it, I was good at it and I was alive.” Finally the truth comes out.
One of the most ingenious schemes was how Walt devised his full-proof plan to get the millions of dollars he earned from drugs to Skyler and his kids without them knowing it’s from him. He did this with his two old associates, who he saw on a TV talk show.
He gave them the money while having two teens stand out in the dark with laser pointers on the couple. Walt tells them that no matter what happens to him tomorrow, two of the toughest hit men will be keeping an eye on them and all will be fine if they do what Walt says.
If they don’t get that money to his family by way of a grant, they will get a bullet when they least expect it. It may be a day, a week, months or even a year later, but they will get hit. They’ll be marked people and they will die. Walt's ex-associates will make sure that money gets to them for sure.
Walt’s next visit is to Uncle Jack, Todd and the gang, where he finds Jesse as a slave cooker. Walt takes the entire crew out with an automatic machine gun that pops up from his trunk with the press of his car key remote control. The shooting went on for what seemed like forever with all the rounds Walt had rigged into the machine gun.
Walt pushes Jesse to the ground and shields him from the bullets, but he gets one himself. The bullet got him in the stomach, leaving him a few minutes to walk around and reminisce before he keels over and dies. He does this to the visual of the police arriving to Uncle Jack’s compound and drops before they walk in.
This final scene plays out to the music of “Baby Blue,” a song from the 60s by the band Badfinger. It is fitting in lyrics and in the beat for the occasion. “Guess I got what I deserved,” as the song starts out and “Baby Blue” is his famous blue meth. Walt was saying goodbye to the cooking machines and tools, which was the true love of his life, it made him feel “alive,” as he said.