Mike - As good as Mike was at planning and looking and reading people he could of left something that could incriminate Walt and screw him over. Walter meets with the young woman and finds himself in meth heaven as he goes international. I have to agree that Mike is the star of this season but that does not detract from Jesse and Walt's characters. Remind anyone of another episode? Walt's pride makes several more appearances, as he is clinging to the meth business as a means of reversing past life defeats. The plot devices that are used to continue this path are occasionally a little far-fetched in their design; events such as a train-robbery and a few other aspects require the show to be strong to carry them but fortunately this is the case. But the kicker was, after they shook on it and she fled the table, we saw that Walter had brought his vial of ricin! Season 2 ended May 31, 2009. He could of ended it when Mike and Jesse said to stop cooking that they had made enough money for several lifetimes.
This episode is the epitome of all things Breaking Bad. As Walt cleans up his mess and eradicates threats which may undermine his operations and identity, he makes a seemingly genuine commitment to opt out of the operation and of the trade. I recall the dinner scene in season 4 when Hank thought Gale was Heisenberg and a drunk Walt gave him every reason to abandon that thought process. Now they're charged with tension, while Walt's criminal dealings have never been smoother. I can't recommend this show enough.
What processes featured on this show have been the most fascinating? On series like this one, there's nothing so unsettling as people acting as if nothing is wrong. This was a fine episode to precede the mid-season break although I'm glad that I don't have to wait as long to find out what happens next as people watching the original broadcast did. What nearly didn't, however, was how tidy it felt, how neatly and easily Walt's loose ends seemed tied up and how suddenly despite the progression of time within the show's universe our characters' motivations seemed to have shifted. Hank figuring out that Walter was actually W. Marie noticed this as well and suggested that, um, maybe it was time for Skyler to take her kids home? I will never be as smart as he is, but I'm at least as enthusiastic! The exception to me is the final episode of season 5. It's too bad Breaking Bad couldn't have been a show that was able to stretch out to about eight seasons, but since it's perfect as is, you could also argue that more would have dampened its palpable urgency.
Yet he was willing to keep the murders going. Every episode is phenomenal and this last one of the half season is no different. Hank is at his best when he's slowly getting closer to the truth and I really wish he'd been doing exactly that the last 8 episodes! Whitman has a positive attitude towards his commentary of death, for he is prepared for it and ready to embrace it. Just like the first four seasons, these episodes are intense, shocking, and unpredictable. That last item would prove to be more than just metaphorical foreshadowing, obviously.
I really hope we do get to see it but I kind of don't think we will. I agree, this episode was amazing and had the perfect ending. This is a story that takes time to tell. Vince knows it's too good an opportunity to pass up. But there was nothing operatic or blackly comedic about this particular blood bath, as was the case with violence in previous episodes.
Killing 10 guys in different prisons within minutes of each other? By the way, how about that little anachronism of Todd's uncle mentioning the bin Laden killing? I am tired of her. I believe at that point in the timeline, Walt's cancer has returned and he knows he has a guaranteed painful death sentence in front of him so he's probably planning to go out with a bang rather than a wimper. For years we've been teased with it and no one has yet fallen to its embrace. Something where all the elements fall into place. I've had a blast enjoying and discussing Breaking Bad with all of you this year. Recommend; Mature high schoolers or older. For the next few months, Walt's meth production runs profitably and uninhibited, raking in millions of dollars.
Possibly there are fingerprints of Gale in it but that doesn't make a case. I can't tell but I go for the later. The man is obviously not a genius, but he has been an extremely competent and driven agent who deserves better than he's gotten. He doesn't want him as an enemy, and he doesn't want to kill him. Really wish it didn't happen and yet love how it did. How convenient that Todd's relative uncle knows hit men on the inside of all of those institutions who can operate in that fashion. I actually kind of agree with you here but then again everyone slips up.
You can tell that the trainwreck of Walt's life is speeding toward an inevitable deadly crash, but it's impossible to look away, to turn away from the impact and miss all the carnage. But when it's firing on all cylinders it can be almost transcendently great. The big gun scene at the beginning still feel very much like revenge. And I loved how the story progressed and the screen time the characters shared in awesome dialogues and beautiful shots. Thats almost all full stars.