All week I have been trying to speculate how the finale of “Breaking Bad’s” fifth season might culminate. Would Walt die? Would Walt kill Jesse? Would Jesse kill Walt? Would Walt seek revenge on the neo-Nazis who killed Hank and stole his money? These are just a few of the questions that filled my head as I tuned in AMC to get my last tweak of the best show on television. One thing I was sure of was that this was going to end badly.
The final episode went down like a good western, where the protagonist has a showdown with his antagonists. Walt confronts his wife, the neo-Nazis, his former business partners, Lydia, and eventually, Jesse; each conflict playing out like the end scene from “High Noon.”
One thing you don’t mess with is Walt’s money. Once he got a taste of it, he could not stop; almost like a meth addict with a bad habit. That led me to believe that he was not going to let this Nazi rip-off thing stand. As George Bush senior and the Big Lebowski repeated, “This aggression will not stand.” Not only have the neo-Nazis stolen his money, but when Walt finds out there is still some “blue” being sold on the street, he puts two and two together and figures out that they have Jesse cooking batches for them. Walt has hit the boiling point now ─ not only did his former business partners rip-off his technology, but now his neo-Nazi antagonist have stolen his formula. The only question now is how the whole thing will transpire.
I won’t be a spoiler, but I will tell you that Walt uses his uncanny MacGyver-like abilities in order to make the odds a little more even. This has been a great show and I hate to see it go, but as the trailer says, “All bad things must come to an end.”
My Rating: 5 of 5 Batches of Blue.