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Goodbye, Old Friend. Cue Badfinger "Baby Blue" from 1972.
Discussion during finale:
Discussion post episode:
Vince Gilligan didn't give us the finger after all:
We have a moment of silence for the fallen:
And here is Andy Greenwald of Grantland's analysis of the finale:
My favorite part of his analysis:
Breaking Bad has been obsessed with neatness and order from the beginning. It unfolded itself with such elegance and purpose that it's difficult to imagine it leaving the scene any other way. "Felina" felt like the best kind of dinner guest, one who washes his own plates and sweeps under the table before leaving. (At times it felt like it even managed to unbutter its own bread.) Perhaps it’s a byproduct of Gilligan's own Southern manners, but Breaking Bad, though shocking, never completely surprised: rather, it announced itself at nearly every turn. "Chemistry is the study of change," Mr. White told his students at the start, and everything that followed did so accordingly. There was nothing in the final exam that hadn't been covered in class. This was television as a science experiment: Every action had a purpose and, more important, it had an equal and opposite reaction.
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Walt saved Jesse. Jesse lives. Walt dies protecting everyone he cares about. Full circle.
Jesse was always a prisoner to Walt in someway, whether it be by Jesse's own father approval seek or by Walt manipulating him, so it was nice to see Walt finally give him his freedom, either by shooting him or just by escaping it all.
The DEA agents who knew of Jesse's activity are dead. He has been MIA for a long time and I highly doubt he will ever get into the meth business again. He is clean and free.
They don't reveal whether Walt saving Jesse was spontaneous or planned. Maybe he was going to kill everyone, but once he realized Jesse is being used as a slave, he realizes Jesse isn't a bad person and spares him right then and there. I can't help but think this is the case, considering Walt wanted him dead out in the desert. He hated Jesse to the point of seeing him shot in the head right in front of him, though granted he was probably blaming him for Hank's death in his head.
Walt did a lot of thinking out in New Hampshire. Came back and saved Jesse, and confessed to Skyler that the cooking was for himself.
Also full circle, the show started on Walt's 50th birthday. He died on his 52nd birthday. Also he's wearing pretty much the same outfit as the first episode. Almost the same hair, too.
Walt was diagnosed with cancer on his 50th birthday. That's when he became "awake".
The series ends with Walt finally going to sleep.
Walt wanted to die in a place where he figured he would end up getting ALL the credit (posthumously) for the meth recipe.
"Remember my name."
He was just genuinely happy to be there, thinking of the memories of the cook. He died where he wanted to die.
Heisenberg was born in a meth lab, and he died in one, too.
On Talking Bad afterward Vince Gilligan mentioned hoping the show's legacy would outlive him. At other times he's said that there is a LOT of Walter White in him. Walt wanted to die around the chemistry he loved, but also wanted to get credit and take heat off Jesse.
Discussion of that quote:
What to do after the finale is over:
Badger: You know, I don't exactly know how to feel about all this.
Skinny Pete: For real, yo. Whole thing felt kind of shady,you know, like morality-wise?
(Walt holds up the money)
Walt: How do you feel now?
(They take the money)
Skinny Pete: Better.
Badger: Yeah, definitely improving.
Walt's time is up.
It's the watch Jesse gave Walt for his birthday the previous year.
Vince said on Talking Bad that Walt had the watch on during the diner scene but not when he returns to visit his home.
Jesse gave Walt a watch. Walt leaves the watch and frees Jesse, giving him time.
“Anything really worthwhile is perishable.”
— Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad's end
It was great to see Jesse smile again.
We are SO far away from season 1:
[Ba]by [Bl]ue - [Ba]dfinger Guess I got what I deserved Kept you waiting there too long, my love All that time without a word Didn’t know you’d think that I’d forget or I’d regret The special love I had for you, my baby blue All the days became so long Did you really think, I’d do you wrong? Dixie, when I let you go Thought you’d realize that I would know I would show the special love I have for you, my baby blue What can I do, what can I say Except I want you by my side How can I show you, show me the way Don’t you know the times I’ve tried? [guitar solo (Joey Molland)] Guess that’s all I have to say Except the feeling just grows stronger every day Just one thing before I go Take good care, baby, let me know, let it grow The special love you have for me, my Dixie, dear.
In the end, he really did outsmart everyone. Not to parse Pinkman's proverbs, but wasn't this a touch too much "Yeah, bitch!" at the expense of the science?
All the swaggering outlaw clichés turned into Swiss cheese by agonizing, bullet-ridden episodes like "Ozymandias" were made whole again last night. The story of a man became, in its final hour, the story of a legend. It seems Walt's hollow boast at the end of Season 4was premature, not pathetic. In the end, he really did win.
And Boing Boing's review of the finale, too: