BREAKING BAD Recap: “To’hajiilee”

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Breaking Bad has really revived the art of the cliffhanger, hasn’t it?  The show has always been extremely stressful and anxiety-inducing, and has often ended on explosive notes (sometimes literally).  But every episode this year has stopped right in the middle of a scene where viewers must be on the edge of their seats.  It just stops.

For those who criticize the show’s reliance (or over-reliance) on turning plot points, one of the things that the show has has done so well this season — especially in “To’hajiilee” in specific — has been to sneak in those character moments in some of the smallest of ways, because we’ve had five years of build up to it.  This episode was full of everything.  And then it just stopped.  Hit the jump for more.

breaking-bad-season-5-episode-13-bob-odenkirk-bryan-cranston“To’hajiilee” was a chess match, and its ending was like someone walking in and knocking every piece off of the board.  Though Walt had called off Todd’s neo-nazi uncle and his crew for the hit, they showed up anyway and rained fire down on Walt, Jesse, Hank and Steve.  It was a nice example about how not everything is under Walt’s control, and there are things he puts into motion that he cannot stop.  Or at least, that he cannot control regarding their outcome.

Despite the brilliant machinations from both sides — Hank working Huell for the info, Walt using Brock and Andrea to “flush out” Jesse — ultimately things look to be decided by some violent lunatics.  It’s part of the chaos of Breaking Bad, and also a way for the show to give Walt an out even in the toughest of times.  There’s never been just one Deus Ex Machina coming down to free Walt, but an unending supply.

Maybe it’s this aspect — despite the show’s creator Vince Gilligan saying that Walt is a bad man going to hell to pay the price — that keeps viewers coming back to Walt’s corner.  He might be a horrible person, but the series keeps giving him outs, and we look to an explanation why.  Is there some purpose to it beyond coincidence?  Is Walt being given second chances because there’s still a chance for him to turn back and made a good and right decision?  How is this man so goddamn lucky, and is it really just dumb luck in a chaotic universe?

The latter idea is a damning one for viewers, but regardless, what really ties things together is one can’t help but think there is still more to this emotional story.  Walt called off Todd’s uncle and his cohorts for a personal reason.  He never wanted to kill Jesse, but he ordered the hit.  He never wanted to destroy his brother-in-law, but he made a tape that would end his career and possibly jail him for life to save his own skin.  Yet when faced with the reality of their deaths by his call, he backs away.  Does Walt still see redemption in himself?  Did he, in that moment, willfully turn away from the monster he recognized that he has been?

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“To’hajiilee” left us with more questions than answers, but the days of reckoning have truly begun.  Where that leads, and how it ends up, is anyone’s guess.  As a friend mentioned to me tonight, “there is a certain poetry to Walt getting away with it all with such a high cost.”  Beautifully put.  The fight over the money this week showed once again that that is all Walt cares about.  He doesn’t want this all to be for nothing.  And yet … Walt has consistently made choices that have lead him here, and while the show has always given him an out — that he might live — at what ultimate cost regarding that fortune?  And what does it all mean if that fortune is gone?

Episode Rating: A

Musings and Miscellanea:

– The Walt/Jesse stuff is what kills me the most on this show, and Walt’s rant in the car about how everything he did was because he needed Jesse and for Jesse’s own good actually brought me back on Walt’s side for a bit.  What the hell?  The way this show makes us feel about Walt and our fluctuating feelings about him is its great legacy.

– The silent looks exchanged between Walt and Jesse before the shoot out … the word “coward” and the spitting … too much to bear!

– Gomez looks to be a goner, but was Hank calling Marie to tell her everything was ok him sealing his fate?  Was her looking at the brains just as he called an omen?

– I thought Walt was going to say something accidentally in his rage about Jane’s death in this episode, the last great secret, and then I would have vomited from the stress.

– Todd did something interesting in this episode as he somewhat made a play for Lydia in the slightest of ways.  Admitting he burned the batch and could get better was nice, and the fact that the price for Jesse’s head was Walt teaching Todd one last time was a nice way to show that you can never truly get out of the game.

– “Got my picture, bitch?” – Jesse

– breaking-bad-season-5-part-2-posterBeautiful scenery in this episode, and a nice few shots of Walt’s reckless driving.

– As calculated as Walt tries to be, there are moments when he is human again.  His “pump malfunction” story was pure Walt, not Heisenberg.  Same was true when he stepped out from behind that rock, and also when he called off the goons regarding the shootout.  You could actually see Good Walt v Bad Walt wrestling it out internally as he sat there behind the rock.  Masterful.

– Getting Huell to give up the money thing was great, but how did Jesse know that he knew?  Just an assumption?  I thought he was going to kidnap Skyler.

– I think those guys deployed about 5,000 bullets and didn’t hit anyone (Except maybe Gomez).

– Great small moment: Walt walking in with the baby, seeing Saul, and scooting out the door again.

– Purple count: 8+ — carpet, pillows, bannister, vase, wall, seat cushions, teapot, kitchen accessories

– Three episodes left!

 




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  • Darryl

    They should have cut to black and allowed the shots to be fired as the credits rolled.

    • Liderc

      Would have been cool, I think they’re going to cop out and not have Hank die. Gomez is going to die, he’s in too deep and the writers need him out of the way for the final few episodes. Walt will convince them not to kill Hank somehow, and say he’ll cook for them ect..

    • FilmBuf82

      That’s what other shows would do, and this is like no other show.

  • Holden McGroin

    White people have such terrible aim.

    • Ali Sheikh

      what about Gomez bro?

      • Ramses Ávila

        Gomez has a shotgun than at that rage would hit anything right… I think

      • Tritium3H

        Gomez is using a tactical shotgun, and being a DEA / Law Enforcement agent, probably is using shotgun slugs…not shot (pellets).

      • AK

        What’s the difference?

      • Tritium3H

        A shotgun cartridge may be loaded with buckshot (multiple metal pellets), which spreads out in an increasingly wider pattern, when fired. So, you have many smaller projectiles impacting a larger area. At short range, this can ensure a “hit” (depending on the dispersal pattern), even if the aim is not perfectly accurate. This is why shotguns using buckshot are often preferred weapons for home defense.

        A shotgun cartridge which uses a single slug, is typically fired from a tactical shotgun with a rifled barrel. Like a rifle, they require accurate aiming, but due to the mass of their projectile, can do devastating damage…even to adversaries wearing body armor. They can also be use for breaching, as well as penetrating walls and even disabling vehicles. The “safety” advantage of using a slug (for Law Enforcement), is the much lower possibility of the single projectile hurting innocent bystanders, versus the spreading dispersal of multiple projectiles (buckshot).

      • AK

        Thanks dude, appreciate the detailed response.

      • Guest

        A shotgun cartridge may be loaded with buckshot (multiple metal pellets), which spreads out in an increasingly wider pattern, when fired. So, you have many smaller projectiles impacting a larger area. At short range, this can ensure a “hit” (depending on the dispersal pattern), even if the aim is not perfectly accurate. This is why shotguns using buckshot are often preferred weapons for home defense.

        A shotgun cartridge which uses a single slug, is typically fired from a tactical shotgun with a rifled barrel. Like a rifle, they require accurate aiming, but due to the mass of their projectile, can do devastating damage…even to adversaries wearing body armor. They can also be use for breaching, as well as penetrating walls and even disabling vehicles. The “safety” advantage of using a slug (for Law Enforcement), is the much lower possibility of the single projectile hurting innocent bystanders, versus the spreading dispersal of multiple projectiles (buckshot).

    • LEM

      Hank has had some good aim in the series but maybe he should hold his gun sideways right?

    • pinkincide

      The show turned into to The A Team there for a second; a hail of bullets but no hits. There shouldn’t be enough of Hank and Gomez for a cliffhanger at that range. And why were they standing in the open like idiots? The Nazis sure weren’t.

  • junierizzle

    I think Walt does get away with it, for a while, but it will eventually catch up to him in those flashforwards. I still have no clue why he comes back.

    I was actually rooting for Hank. I never rooted for Walt. The interesting thing about the show, for me, has always been how deep Walt and Jesse kept going. They have been headed towards this since they started cooking. I honestly don’t see why people are rooting for Walt or Jesse, they both broke bad. It can’t end well for either of them. Back to Hank, I was rooting for him tonite and the whole time I was thinking, he is taking way too long, just get Walt out of there already!

    I know some people are hoping Walt redeems himself, and maybe he will but I don’t see it. Like I said, I never rooted for Walt but I did want him to pay after last season when he had a clear out and he didn’t take it. He AND Jesse would have gotten away with it along with Mike and Walt would’ve had the money for his family. But no, he’s in the “Empire Business.”

    • tertiaryintervention

      In this episode it hits me. Everyone is dead by the end except his family. They get the money and are free. He dies doing the one thing that set him off in the first place: jockying the register in the carwash.

      • junierizzle

        That would justify all the bad things he has done. And Skyler ain’t getting off that easy. Man, the internet would implode if Skyler got off with the money.

      • Emile

        I hate Hank much more than I hate Walt, at least half of what Walt’s doing is for his family (the rest being for his ego, maybe). As for Hank, he really just wants the pride of bringing Walt inside; regardless of his motives and of the impact it will have on his kids. He’s as much as a scumbag as Walt, the scene where he says he doesn’t care if Jesse dies (s05e12) is a proof of that.

      • LEM

        I can’t hate Hank for doing his job especially since he was almost killed because of Walt and he’ll have that limp forever.

      • junierizzle

        Look at the grand scheme of things, you’re saying Hank is just as bad as Walt? Really? Hank doesn’t know Jesse like we know him. Hank in fact has always despised Jesse, his career was almost ruined because of him. Of course Hank wants Walt. Cops are willing to do almost anything to get the main guy. Let’s say Jesse was killed by Walt, what law did Hank break? Sure we’d feel bad but Hank was just doing his job. It’s more than pride Hank is after. He knows his career is over when he brings in his own Brother-in-law. Him being “the guy” is all Hank will ever have again, in terms of his career. He’s not doing it just for his ego.

      • junierizzle

        Look at the grand scheme of things, you’re saying Hank is just as bad as Walt? Really? Hank doesn’t know Jesse like we know him. Hank in fact has always despised Jesse, his career was almost ruined because of him. Of course Hank wants Walt. Cops are willing to do almost anything to get the main guy. Let’s say Jesse was killed by Walt, what law did Hank break? Sure we’d feel bad but Hank was just doing his job. It’s more than pride Hank is after. He knows his career is over when he brings in his own Brother-in-law. Him being “the guy” is all Hank will ever have again, in terms of his career. He’s not doing it just for his ego.

    • Nick

      Well, no matter what course of action he took, this was going to happen. Nothing Walt has done last season, or even in killing fring has really lead to Hank finding out. Unless some butterfly effect could have effected Hanks bowel movements, his fate was sealed the day Jesse killed Gail. It’s beautifully simple. As for why we root for Jesse or Walt, well they’re a lot more complicated than just evil guys making drugs. Jesse is a smart guy that was lead down the wrong path and deep down is a smart guy with a good heart. Walt is a man who led the world beat him up, and he was man enough to fight back… Up until recently he was winning this rematch. Walt dove head first into something that he had no chance of clawing his way out of. I still want him to win, but I think, despite being a rat, I want Jesse alive too.

      Hank is a bad dude too. Look at what Walt is giving up, just to NOT kill hank. What he gave up to keep him alive. Hank only wants Walt alive so he can be the guy who took him in…. He doesn’t care if he gets pinkman killed. I still love hank and I’m scared for his fate, but he’s broke bad as well

      • junierizzle

        Of course they are more complicated characters but that doesn’t justify the lives they have destroyed. They caused the death of a little kid, you really want him to win? Like I said, he could have won last season. Obviously the show had to continue but you know what I mean.

      • Nick

        Nothing they’ve done is justified.. It’s kind of the point, but most of us still root for the bad guy some how. Either way, you’re saying he could have won, that’s not true in any way.. Hank still would have seen that book from Gail. We would have a different trail leading to the same destination. Walt winning will still come with a justified loss. I just don’t want to see him killed Or in prison. I think ricin suicide is him winning. He dies how he chooses, not his enemies nor his cancer… But he dies…

        And they’ve caused the deaths of many, true.. But watching them get away with it has been the polarizing thing this show has done. Walt is responsible for many children on the plane he had a role in crashing. They made me hate him, when he killed mike, but the following week, he was out of the game, ego beside him and I was back on his team.. Rooting

      • junierizzle

        I agree, that’s what I stated. It has been fun and addicting watching them get dirtier and dirtier. The writing is very clever. But are you really rooting for Walt or are you rooting for a great story? I find myself rooting for the latter.

      • Nick

        I really don’t see why they would have to be separate from one another. He can win and the story be great still, just depends on what how we define willing. I think there going to lead him down the oath that him dying on his own terms will be a big enough win. Either way, I trust the writing… I don’t root for writing.. That’s stupid, you root for characters

      • junierizzle

        Why do you think you root for those characters, It’s the good writing. I’m rooting for a great conclusion to what has been a great show.

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  • Nick

    This show has me seeking therapy!

    Anyway, I wish you had mentioned Sauls line and just the amazingness of it when he and Jr were together. jr, star struck was great.. If only he knew how much more infamy he father carries. But his line was priceless “don’t drink and drive, but if you do, call me”

    Anyway, I think if Hank dies, that would be the cliffhanger to end on… Gomez is done for sure, but I think hank ends up in a coma or alive. I think the standoff will have Todd killed, or wounded in a way that they need a temporary cook(not a one time cook).. Enter Jesse. Only thing is, who gets to Walts house? Does Jesse get away with just enough time to out Walt before getting captured. Does Marie do it to seek revenge. Do skyler, the kids and Marie seek an exit here together?

    Nothing is done by accident, the way the nazis are making women uncomfortable is on purpose. Is it just an extra layer of their villainy? Just a reminder that these villains, unlike most on breaking bad, have NO redeeming qualities (except their taste in action flicks), or is it an omen for something horrible to come for Lydia? She might be wishing Mike did her in way back when.

    Also, anyone else really disapointed that we have to rush Todd? He’s almost too unrealistic and too emotionless to take seriously, I think they needed to open him up a bit to feature him so much… I don’t get him at all and I really want to

    • Rjd123

      Todd is the anti-Jesse. He has the same childlike quality, while being a complete sociopath (whereas Jesse has a good heart). Todd has no problem killing a child and going about his day. Todd reflects in Jesse, much as Gus Fringe reflected Walt.

      • Nick

        I agree, but Gus was given time to develope a bit. I wish we were able to see Todd’s character unfold in the time between.. Just Walts exit from meth and Todd being replaced as the cook for Declan sounds like 2 full episodes of solid story I wish I could have seen

  • Ali Sheikh

    The last act took forever. I mean it’s clear what’s coming, i wasn’t even surprise and don’t think anyone else was as well. That being said. What i don’t get as well is how they didn’t kill anyone (Team Todd), reckless shooting in Walter’s direction and the face-off. I think they should have drove up pulled out the guns and starting shooting as Walter yells “stop”. The whole “drop your’re guns were cops” did seems necessary. I think hank might live because they would have killed him while he was on the phone.

  • WTFGuy

    Stormtroopers have better aim, and that ain’t a good thing.

    • Nick

      I don’t get all of the criticism about the aim.. The shoot out didn’t go on all that long before the credits rolled. They did some slowmo… But they got behind the car fast.

      Also, they clearly saw, if not heard Walt calling them off. Maybe they’re missing on purpose to send a message and reclaim Walt. Not all that likely, but we didn’t exactly see how they took out Declan’s crew, could’ve been just as sloppy

      • Liderc

        Yeah I’ve read shooting machine guns/assault rifles is actually very difficult, and while the Nazis probably have some training, they’re still hick idiots who probably suck at shooting. While I was angry with the cut, it’s not totally out of the ordinary that they missed them. I do think it was somewhat cheesy, but we never know where this show is going.

    • junierizzle

      Yeah, let’s have those guys kill Hank, Jesse and Gomez with three episodes left.

  • mattritchey

    I am now 100% convinced that the flash-forward is because Todd’s uncle’s crew kidnap Hank and Gomez and use them as leverage to keep Walt cooking for them. I thought Hank was a goner in this but I’m becoming less sure of the fact that anyone but Walt (and possibly Walt Jr.) will die in this series.

    • Nick

      I admire your optimism.. But I think Gomez is done for sure. It is interesting that they could take hank, but why take a hostage that is only valuable to a dying man? They may not know that, but Walt hasn’t been shy about it. I think Jesse is the most likely kidnap victim. I can imagine hank and Gomez die, Walt refuses to cook for them after they kill hank, plus somehow Jesse will escape so the deal isn’t exactly broken by him not cooking, and they take Jesse rather than kill him.

      • mattritchey

        Let me amend that by saying I’ve been of the opinion since two episodes ago (when Todd’s uncle first started “taking over”) that SOMEBODY in Walt’s life was going to be kidnapped or held for ransom by the neo-Nazis which is why Walt would have to arm himself for a one-man war. I had originally thought it would be him going to rescue a kidnapped Jesse and Skylar and/or Walt Jr. (who I still think may die in this series, as it’s the only true karmic punishment for Walt’s sins). What with all the new information and twists, it’s very possible that the neo-Nazis take Hank and/or Jesse and use them as leverage to force Walt to cook for them indefinitely …. regardless, it still ends with Walt finally going Rambo to save his loved ones from the neo-Nazis. And yes, I’m pretty sure Gomez is done for, sadly.

    • LEM

      It would make more sense for them to just kill Hank and Gomez, especially since no one knows about this investigation but them.

      • Prinky

        The Neo-Nazis do not know that though.

      • LEM

        True. Actually yeah I’m wrong because no one knows that but Hank and Gomez, possibly Jesse.

    • Beaugard Stevens

      That makes no sense.

  • BeJebus

    gomez dies. hank runs out of ammo. walt bargains for hank’s life by promising to cook, which gets everybody to stop shooting. jesse is taken hostage along with them. walt enlists jesse’s help on the last cook for the same trick that killed the guys in episode one to escape the aryans. walt, hank, and jesse escape together out in the desert and have an anti-kum-ba-yah campfire before their battle against todd, who survived and called in more nazi friends. hank dies. not knowing what’s happened, marie gloats to skylar, who will, of course, call saul.

    • Liderc

      Sadly, they’ve destroyed Jesse and Walt’s relationship too much and I think it’s a missed opportunity. They could have ended this show with them being back together and still had all the carnage happen, but they killed their relationship which was really the whole point of the show.

      • Nick

        Walt and jesses relationshipis a driving factor, and a tool to emphasis the point of the show, but it is absolutely not the point of the show. Walt slipping into and being absorbed by this evil persona is the point of the show. He broke bad. To prove this point beyond the obvious, Jesse was meant to be killed season 1, meaning the point of the show would have been finished 5 years ago.

      • Liderc

        Doesn’t matter if he was meant to be killed in season 1, their relationship became the show. All anyone cares about is Walt and Jesse cooking meth, and Walt’s entire existence has been about saving Jesse from himself. He’s looked after Jesse 100x more than he has his own family. And Jesse’s entire character arc has gone from loving Walt to despising him and wanting him dead.

        I’d say their relationship is highly relevant.

      • Nick

        It’s relevant but it’s not the “point of the show”.. Sorry to say but you’re not the brightest bulb. He’s taken everything from Jesse, manipulated him and cheated him. I think the fans that care about real plot care about a lot more than just Jesse and Walt cooking. The cooking of the meth was fun for the great camera work, the music and fact that the show is based around this act, but Walt can cook alone, as can Jesse. This show is clearly about ego, and what a man is willing to do after he’s crossed a certain line. The show was always great, but it went to a new level when Walt was doing it for the legacy rather the money. You don’t get it, in my opinion

  • Christian Leroux

    First of all, I thought this episode was spectacular. Hank’s manipulation was fantastic, but really the credit goes to Jessie.

    I do want to remark on the people criticizing the editing. The cut to black happens at the point of highest tension. If the audio had continued through the credits, that tension would have dropped dramatically. Why? Because you want to give the audience as little information as possible. Also, it could very well be that the next episode will start on the very frame it left off on.

    Now judging by the photography, it seems pretty clear that Todd is going to get killed (the idiot is exposing himself to gunfire). It’s also highly suggested that Gomez took a bullet. I’m pretty sure both will croak because Todd dying angers the crazy nazi uncle while upping the pressure on Walt to get back in. As for Gomez, I think it’s because Hank will be driven to throw all professionalism out the window.

    What if Hank wasn’t saying bye to Marie, but Marie was saying bye to Hank? What does a panicked Skylar do? I’m pretty sure that by the end either Marie will kill Skylar or vice versa. It really depends on if Hank dies in the shootout, because then Marie would have nothing to lose (and we all know she doesn’t really think straight when it’s personal).

    • mattritchey

      VERY interesting insight into Marie, who I rarely think of as a character at all, but who has become more prominent recently….. not sure she has it in her to actually kill anyone, certainly not her sister, but … hmm…. perhaps after all is said and done, if Hank dies either in the firefight or at the hands of the neo-Nazis later, if Walt is able to destroy the neo-Nazis and save his family and Jesse, if everything is finally set straight and then Marie – out of nowhere – shows up and shoots Walt? I’d be okay with that.

  • LL

    Should we assume that Hank recorded that whole phone conversation between Jesse and Walt? Because Walt straight out confessed to the crimes they’re trying to prove.

    • LEM

      Yeah probably but the recording device is probably in the truck so they can just grab it.

      • Kevin

        They don’t know it exists. I assume they’ll just burn the truck or dump it though.

      • LEM

        If they kill them I’m sure Walt would check for a device knowing he just implicated himself on the phone call.

  • MorganFleurDeLys

    No grade for this episode? I’m guessing you forgot to write in the A+ judging by your post and accolades.

    • Kevin

      Look again.

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  • Mattie Dubbs

    Theory…Hank and Gomie get killed in fire fight…in order to escape cooking for Uncle Jack, Walt fakes his own death through Saul…since Walt fakes death the video he made releases, the Heisenberg spray painted at Walt’s house doesn’t refer to him but to HANK!…Hank is framed for being Heisenberg, no one at the DEA knows what Hank/Gomie were doing, they are found dead in the desert or disappear completely…after Walt runs to New Hampshire, Jack forces Jesse to cook with Todd…Walt comes back to save Jesse…

    • LEM

      This is pretty much what I think too.

    • Prinky

      The Heisenberg spray in WALTs house refers to HANK? How the hell does this make sense?

      • Nick

        Well, if Walt fakes his death to avoid the nazis and hank gets pinned as the mastermind due to Walts video (which would be so tragic for Walt, who did not ever intend for that video to actually get used) Marie could have been the one to write Heisenberg in a fit of rage to prove Walt framed him.

        It’s not what I think will happen but I can say that it probably isn’t What seems obvious. Could even have been Walt, trying to clear the late Hanks name. He did look shocked it was on the wall but if imagine he would never be used to seeing it. There’s still so many options to think we know

      • Prinky

        This sounds pretty alright to me. Though there’s still Jesse, who’d do almost anything to put the right one into jail, not the one who started to help him out in the past few episodes.

        Also, someone needs to be responsible for the mess in the Future-White house. And there must be a certain need from the city of alberquerque to lock up that house with fences and all that.

    • Kevin

      I think Walt using the video to frame Hank, who is presumably killed in action, is a really good guess. But I would be surprised if Walt confessing to poisoning Brock, killing Fring, etc. on the phone does not play a part.

    • mattritchey

      Neat theory and I can see some of it happening, but why would the word HEISENBERG be spraypainted in WALT’S house if it comes out that HANK was Heisenberg (via videotape)? The rest of it I buy and I’m pretty sure that’s how it ends up.

  • LEM

    I can’t imagine that Walt thought those guys wouldn’t show up knowing how much money they have on the line. I think Hank and Gomez are goners and I still believe that Jesse will be taken and forced to cook for Todd and Co. and that Walt is going to rescue him with that big gun in the end.

  • -

    I don’t really see much of a way out for Hank & Friends, given that they (at least Hank and Gomez, as they’re the only ones with guns) are outnumbered by more than 2:1.
    Also that final 15-20 minutes was some of the best TV I’ve seen not just on the show, but ever. Certainly the best scene this year (and yes, I’m including the ‘Red Wedding’ there) Before that the episode was good, obviously, but that was fucking insane. (The fact that the neo-Nazis had like 30 seconds to get good shots but not one of them managed to hit Hank and Gomez when they opened fire should bother me, but it just doesn’t, lol)

  • Kevin

    I hope after Hank and Gomez go down, Walt and Jesse are forced to cook for Todd’s uncle. Soon after, they team up and put Walt’s huge gun to good use, taking out the neo-nazis in a blaze of glory. The series ends with them smoking crack out of Todd’s hollow skull.

    • Kevin

      And by crack, I meant meth. Before some smartass gets to point it out.

    • Kevin

      And by crack, I meant meth. Before some smartass gets to point it out.

  • kemo

    I am routing for Walt as I was routing for Tony Soprano. Jesse is a turncoat wuss now. Indeed shaping for a Grand Finale

  • Nick

    Are the writers trying to make us dislike Jesse? With the ratting.. Walts shuttering insult, “COWARD!” And Jesse spitting in our protagonists face?

    It’s not working for me… I don’t like what he’s doing, but I’m still rooting for him. Somehow I’m also really pulling for hank. That scene wouldn’t be 1/2 as emotional if it weren’t for Walts desperate yells for spare hank. That first worried yell to hank felt like someone kicked me in the chest. We have 3 characters that all have reason to hate each other. The only way for one to “win” is for 2 others to lose and yet I want them all to win.

  • Fitzchiv

    rooting for walt, everything he does is for his family, totally reinforced by the shot in the car wash where he looks back at skyler and walt jnr and smiles, in his mind the ends justify the means, he wants to provide for his family, the most primal urge ever!

    • Nick

      This is off in my opinion. I’m still rooting for him. Only because hes so cool lol. He WAS doing it all for family, then it was about his empire, his ego, his unwillingness to repeat the past… It wasn’t about his family when he could have gotten out of this, he chose to get everything back up and running many times. Even when he still had money. He could have sold the methylamine. He didn’t. Now that the cancer is back, he’s right back to family, but he is an addict just like Jesse… He needs cancer to bring him back to realizing what this was all for.

  • WW

    I am pretty piss of by the way the episode ended. Hank is not going to die now. If he does is too anticlimatic. All the important moments in a series goes to end of the episode so you can feel it more deeply. It is cheap to make it look like is going to die at the end. I think that Jesse is going to do something, maybe there is something in the Hanks car or he use the car against Todd. The one who maybe is going to die is Gomez. Sorry for my english

  • Liderc

    I’m curious if Jesse will take this chance to kill Todd. It would cause so many crazy problems for them to deal with. Jesse could grab Walt’s gun as he makes a run for it, then his lone shot hits Todd in the head, mimicking the time Todd shot the kid on the bike.

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  • AK

    Maaan, AGAIN I find major, major issues with the writing this season (I
    have had huge issues with every episode) that will have ppl accusing me
    of trolling even though I’m a huge, huge fan. One, why did Walt have to go to
    Todd’s uncles to take care of Jesse; he coulda just gone to Saul, who of
    course coulda gone to any dozen of guys to take care of it. Even the
    uncles seemed amused and bewildered by the small-time, Mickey Mouse
    task.

    Two, the Walt we ALL know woulda made absolutely sure to DESTROY
    the phone and chip, for whatever that’s worth (not just throw it on the ground!?). Three, c’mon….how did Gomie not get killed within the first few SECONDS of
    that battle. Four (and this is the smallest, most easily explainable
    gripe by far), why didn’t Walt just get back in the car and at least TRY
    to book it once he realized the trap?

  • AK

    Maaan, AGAIN I find major, major issues with the writing this season (I
    have had huge issues with every episode) that will have ppl accusing me
    of trolling even though I’m a huge, huge fan. One, why did Walt have to go to
    Todd’s uncles to take care of Jesse; he coulda just gone to Saul, who of
    course coulda gone to any dozen of guys to take care of it. Even the
    uncles seemed amused and bewildered by the small-time, Mickey Mouse
    task.

    Two, the Walt we ALL know woulda made absolutely sure to DESTROY
    the phone and chip, for whatever that’s worth (not just throw it on the ground!?). Three, c’mon….how did Gomie not get killed within the first few SECONDS of
    that battle. Four (and this is the smallest, most easily explainable
    gripe by far), why didn’t Walt just get back in the car and at least TRY
    to book it once he realized the trap?

    • AK

      Outside of said issues, the leadup to and shootout itself was iiiintense
      and awesome (as was the episode itself). But going back and watching
      it, I see once again how ridiculous it was that Gomie and Hank can basically
      fire at will without getting obliterated within the first few seconds.

      Now, I’m guessing they both get killed, but that’s beside the point.
      That, of course, is a major distracting issue that is found in most all
      action movies/shows (I remember how pissed I was, for example, for one
      SOA episode last season in which the gang was cornered and had a hail of
      bullets coming at them for a full minute from the back and all it
      resulted in was a grazed ear by Tig). I just thought Breaking Bad was
      MUCH better and WAY beyond that.

      It’s just exasperating on so many levels. Are the writers on meth
      themselves and overthinking things? Such a simple solution too…just
      have it be Todd and his uncles without the two new goons. Then, MAYBE it
      woulda been more believable.

      • Polarboy

        I was hoping and expecting it to be sniper shots out of nowhere, not out of the realms of possibility given the ordinance those guys had and the fact that Walt told them that three guys were already there.

      • MarkL

        Ditto! I’m also sure that all of the vehicles will still be fully operational despite the barrage of gunfire.

    • AK

      Outside of said issues, the leadup to and shootout itself was iiiintense
      and awesome (as was the episode itself). But going back and watching
      it, I see once again how ridiculous it was that Gomie and Hank can basically
      fire at will without getting obliterated within the first few seconds.

      Now, I’m guessing they both get killed, but that’s beside the point.
      That, of course, is a major distracting issue that is found in most all
      action movies/shows (I remember how pissed I was, for example, for one
      SOA episode last season in which the gang was cornered and had a hail of
      bullets coming at them for a full minute from the back and all it
      resulted in was a grazed ear by Tig). I just thought Breaking Bad was
      MUCH better and WAY beyond that.

      It’s just exasperating on so many levels. Are the writers on meth
      themselves and overthinking things? Such a simple solution too…just
      have it be Todd and his uncles without the two new goons. Then, MAYBE it
      woulda been more believable.

    • Heisenbird

      1) I would’ve a problem with Walt not going to Saul as well if Saul has already done something similar for Walt in the past. That isn’t a case, though. On the other hand, Uncle Jack has already pulled off a successful hit for Walt.

      2) I thought of that as well, but there’s a difference between the phone that he used in this ep than the one in Buried. In Buried, he specifically used the phone merely for GPS purposes. Thus, he didn’t need it afterwards. In this ep, I’m guessing it’s his main phone, and probably figured that he’d still have a use for it or something afterwards. Although, yeah, he threw it down on the ground. Still not an issue, though. There are times wherein I put on shampoo first instead of lathering myself in soap.

      3) If you saw the screenshot of actually how far apart the 2 parties are from each other, you wouldn’t have a problem with this scene. We had the illusion that they were really close to each other due to the manner in which the scene was shot (which also fooled me at first as well).

      4) Come on, that’s just extreme nitpicking now.

      • AK

        Screenshot: https://securecdn.disqus.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/615/134/original.jpg

        Looks to be about 20-25 yards. C’mon….try to be a little more objective here. Please.

        Just to shatter everyone’s illusion of BB’s supposed infallible writers, one example I’m noone remembers or thought twice about (I’m extremely sketchy on the specifics, so please bear with me regardless): I bring your attention to an early-season episode where Tuco (I believe) is holed up with his uncle, Jesse and Walt in the house in the desert before the shootout that takes place for some reason. Tuco is high on the meth yet he cooks and EATS like he’s a famished prisoner who hasn’t eaten in DAYS. One: it is nearly impossible to eat on meth. Two: he was hooked on what is supposedly THE absolute best meth. Ever. Yet he eats like a stoner who hasn’t eaten in days. Taaaaalk about droppin the ball. That was BEYOND mind-boggling and yet got by the ENTIRE creative/production team on a shot about METH. So if that (THAT!?!!!!) got by eeevery single one of them, how is it so hard to comprehend that the show was susceptible to bad writing and plot holes every step of the way (or, at the very least, SOME steps of the way)? (Sorry about the all-caps. Not yelling…just points of emphasis.)

  • LEM

    The same reason no one dies in The A-Team when a bullet riddled jeep gets hurled 30 ft in the air and rolls a mile then the guys just crawl out.

  • Kevin

    I know you’re joking, but all stormtroopers are clones of the same non-white guy.

  • TrekBeatTK

    I disagree. They all seem to have the same voice, suggesting they are clones, but Luke and Han in Stormtrooper helmets sound like Luke and Han. The stormtroopers do not sound like Jango Fett, so assuming there’s not some “voice change” setting that our heroes couldn’t find, this suggests the Empire starting cloning other guys too.

    Better question: why do they wear that armor if it doesn’t seem to protect them from blaster fire? What good is it?

  • pinkincide

    Questions only Patton Oswalt can answer.

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