With only three episodes of Breaking Bad left to air, have the writers finally managed to remove any lingering sympathy viewers may have hung on to for Walter White?
Having seen Walt put in a call to Todd (the psychopath) requesting a meeting with his uncle (the Neo-Nazi hitman) to iron out the details of a hit Walt wants put out on Jesse Pinkman, for even the most hardcore Heisenberg boosters, this may be 'a bridge too far' to be crossed.
Even though Walt has repeatedly deceived and manipulated Jesse, we always had the impression that the bond between them, fostered by all the time they spent together in the trenches, was father-son-like and would never allow for Mr. White to cause real physical harm to Jesse, even as the body count all around them piled up. With so little time left to tie up loose ends, are we being primed to accept that when Walt meets his 'Bad' end ( as he surely must, and soon) it will be no more than he deserves? Has Walter Hartwell White become a classic case of a character we love to hate, or can we still secretly be rooting for him?
With the outcome of the gun battle that ended the most recent episode left in question, the one thing we know, courtesy of the flash forward at the beginning of the season: Walt survives. But what of Hank, Jesse and Gomez?
As fans of the show, it is sometimes hard to balance our admiration for the great acting performances of Bryan Cranston that have brought this complex character to life, and being aghast at the despicable deeds of White/Heisenberg.
When the series ends we will surely miss both of them.