Breaking Bad "Confessions" gifs and memes season 5 episode 11
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“My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 87104. This is my confession.”
"I’ve been cooking methamphetamine for my brother-in-law Hank who would then sell using his career connections."
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After Jesse learns that Brock was not in fact exposed to ricin, he panics. That means Gus didn't steal the poison — that perhaps Jesse just lost it, meaning an innocent person could theoretically be exposed to it. The ever-sensitive Jesse is beside himself, and he calls Walt for help. (Oy, always a mistake.) Walt, who in fact has the real ricin vial, creates a fake ricin cigarette that he then plants and "finds" in Jesse's house. This gives Jesse peace of mind but also continues the gas-lighting process by which Walt teaches Jesse that Jesse's own ideas are bad, wrong, dangerous, stupid, and short-sighted and that Walt's are smart and for the common good. It's part of how Walt has conditioned Jesse, the way lots of abusers condition their victims. At the end of the search for the ricin cigarette, a sobbing Jesse apologizes to Walt. That's how much Walt can control Jesse! So, so much!
Which brings us back to "Confession." Jesse had finally confronted Walt, finally accused him of lying, finally said that Walt killed Mike, finally tried again to stand up for himself. And Walt went in for a hug. (World's most manipulative embrace.) Walt tells Jesse he should disappear, start a new life, let Saul wipe his slate clean and call the vacuum repairman. And as Jesse stands at the side of the road waiting for his escape hatch, he sees that his baggie of weed is missing, and he realizes that Huell took it out of his pocket on orders from Saul. Saul had yelled at him, Huell had patted him down — it made complete sense.
So what we have so far in the episode is (1) Jesse allowing himself to recognize how much Walt has lied to him, and (2) Jesse realizing that Huell is a good pickpocket. That's when, in a moment of clarity, Jesse knows he's been right all along: Huell did lift the ricin-pack back in season four, and the big guy was not working for Gus. Huell did that at Walt's behest. That means Walt was behind Brock's poisoning, and Jesse had been manipulated yet again.
On the future of the ricin:
What we still don't know: So what exactly did happen to little Brock Castillo? In the season-four finale, "Face-Off," we learn that Brock was not suffering from ricin toxicity but rather from Lily of the Valley poisoning. We also see that the Whites have a large potted Lily of the Valley plant in their backyard. We know Walt needed Jesse to be on his side against Gus, and that telling Jesse Gus had attempted to kill Brock was a great way to get there. But what we don't know is how Walt actually poisoned Brock.
At Comic-Con earlier this summer, BB creator Vince Gilligan explained it thusly: " I think probably what [Walt] did was crush some of the [Lilly of the Valley berries] up and put it in a juice box or something, and being a teacher, he probably knew his way around a school and he probably got into Brock's nursery school. That's our inter-story for how it would have happened. It would have been tricky."
That is not that satisfying! This is a show that pulled off a train heist, for crying out loud. There's got to be a better way to make a kid eat a berry. This also still provides Walt with way too much deniability when Jesse confronts him: Yes, I took the ricin back from you, but I didn't do anything to Brock, and you certainly can't prove that I did.
We also don't know whom the ricin is now meant for. We saw future-Walt go and get it from the abandoned White home, but he also has a machine gun in his trunk. Under what circumstances is ricin poisoning preferable to shooting? Let's see: When discretion is important. When immediacy is not essential (since death from ricin poisoning happens 36–72 hours after exposure). When one wants their victim to suffer both physically (ricin causes multiple organ failure) and psychologically (even if a doctor identified ricin poisoning correctly, there's no treatment for it).
But the better replay was also by far the most nefarious. It's sometimes hard to remember, considering all the secrecy that followed, but Breaking Bad actually began with a confession. "My name is Walter Hartwell White," a certain mustachioed nobody sputtered into a camera in the pilot. "I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico … " He did it again last night, but this time it wasn't for the cops or his family. This time it was for Walter White's Oscar reel. "If you're watching this tape, I'm probably dead," he declared, voice even, eyes extinct. "Murdered by my brother-in-law, Hank Schrader." Trapping Hank like this was so cruel it bordered on obscene, so darkly funny it was practically opaque. A true villain doesn't just win, he makes you defeat yourself. Only Walt could feast on Hank's admirable lone-wolf tendencies as if they were a limping caribou. Last week we saw Hank stepping gingerly around the office because of the secret he was dying to spill. Now, all of a sudden, we see it from another angle: He's been acting guilty as hell. It's not fair but it's not wrong.
And as galling as the video was, it was only the appetizer to the main course of devastation still to come: Hank learning, for the first time, just how all that state-of-the-art rehabilitation was paid for. It was Heisenberg who got Hank back on his feet, and, in so doing, buried him. "You killed me here, Marie," Hank said. "That's the last nail, the last nail in the coffin." He's speaking metaphorically, of course, but one of the hallmarks of Breaking Bad — from the plane crash to Drew Sharp's tarantula in the bottle (a creepy crawler that made a return appearance last night, just before Walt and Jesse had their brodown in the dunes) — is that metaphors, even the most elegant ones, are often fatal.
“Perhaps the cold open was a hint that for all Walt’s smarts, there’s one ball that he’s not paying attention to? He’s so busy tying up his loose ends that he’s forgotten he’s someone else’s loose end. Last week, as Saul’s goons were contemplating grabbing the money and fleeing, we were reminded that Walt’s most impressive crime was orchestrating 10 simultaneous prison executions. Except he didn’t actually do any of the planning or legwork on that one. He just got in touch with a guy and made the payment. Maybe the real master criminals are the guys wiping blood off their boots in a diner.”
— Matthew Yglesias