Sunday night's Breaking Bad episode "Ozymandias" delivered on creator Vince Gilligan's promise to be the greatest "Breaking Bad" episode ever. We knew it would be big given last week's shootout ending, but that turned out to be just the beginning. Even though watching episode 14 made viewers' pulses race, that couldn't stop their hearts from stopping at certain moments, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Sept. 15.
It goes without saying that there lies spoilers ahead.
The show picks up with last week's climatic desert shootout. Gomez is dead, but Hank is still alive. That is until Jack walks over and shoots him dead in cold blood.
Walt even tried to negotiate for Hank's life, according to the Reporter. "My name is ASAC Schrader, and you can go f--k yourself", were Hank's last words.
Walt makes the last and most bone chilling turn on Jesse, spotting him hiding and letting the gang know where he is. He wants him dead and he wants to watch.
Todd manages to snatch Jesse from the jaws of death at the last moment, realizing they need to beat the snot out of him to find out what he told the feds. Plus, they could use his help in getting the quality up in their next cook.
As the neo-Nazis drag Jesse off kicking and screaming to indentured servitude, Walt twists the knife by telling him how he could have saved Jane. He tells him how he watched as she choked to death on her vomit and he let her.
"I watched Jane die. I was there. And I watched her die. I watched her overdose and choke to death. I could have saved her. But I didn’t", Walt callously and maliciously tells Jesse.
The Aryans end up fleeing with all but one barrel of Walt's money. He still has $11 million left, but he's forced to roll it home in a moment of directorial genius.
When Walt makes it home, Marie has already forced Skylar to confess Walt's sins to Walt Jr.. Walt wants the family to flee, but Skylar pulls a knife on him.
Walt Jr. calls 911 as his father grabs baby Holly and burns rubber out of there. He does eventually leave her at a fire station with her info pinned to her, as he blames Skyler over the phone for everything that's happened, knowing full well the FBI is listening in.
Opinions diverge here on whether this scene was Walter White's final boast of ego, his going down in flames, or rather one last moment of decency in trying to absolve Skyler of any blame in his misdeeds.
So by the end of the show, some fates are sealed, but others have yet to be resolved. While this surely may prove to be the best "Breaking Bad" episode ever, don't doubt for a minute that there's still not greatness to come.
After all, Walt's final words to Skyler on the phone were, "I’ve still got things left to do".