All good things eventually have to come to an end and unfortunately for most of us, that means waiting another year for Breaking Bad. After Walt killed Mike in last week’s episode, ‘Say My Name’, I was wondering how Walt would be affected by killing someone who really didn’t need to die but it seems that Walt will remain the same emotionless monster that we’ve come to see throughout the entirety of this 5th season. So, last year’s season finale ended with a bang and a self proclaimed victory, how did this season end? Let’s find out.
The episode opens with Todd entering the Vamonos Pests garage that doubles as Walt’s operation headquarters with Todd eventually finding Walt spaced out sitting in front of a desk staring at a fly. In a concerning manner, Walt asks whether Todd was seen or followed. He claims he wasn’t and they approach Mike’s vehicle which contains his dead body in the trunk. Just as Walt and Todd are about to decompose the body, Jesse opens the garage and wants to talk to Walt in private. Jesse asks Walt about the Mike’s guys in prison and if Mike got out safely. Walt says that he’ll take care of Mike’s former henchmen and that Mike’s “gone”, although it seems as though Jesse just believed that Mike had gotten out of the country.
A little while later, Walt meets with Lydia at a diner where Walt demands the list of prison inmates that worked for Mike. She doesn’t want to give him the list of names because she feels that if she were to give the list up, Walt would have no use for her and kill her. So, she proposes that Walt expand his business to the Czech Republic where they could have a large market share and make a lot of money. Walt agrees to his proposition and as he leaves he reveals that he had the ricin poison underneath his hat during their whole conversation.
Walt tells Todd that he wants to get in touch with his uncle who has connections in prison. Todd sets up the meeting and they meet in a small hotel room. Todd’s uncle has connections with white supremacists whom are occupying all of the same prisons as the men on the list that Walt got from Lydia. Walt wants all the men, including the lawyer, killed all within 2 minutes and while Todd’s uncle protests that it can’t be done, Walt says, “Find a way. That’s what I’m paying you for.”. All the prisoners and the lawyer are killed in prison in a very well done montage sequence. Problem solved for Walt but this has a vastly negative effect on Hank’s yearning to be in his line of work which is confirmed when he reminisces about simpler jobs and times with Walt.
Nest, we’re treated to a scene that shows the passing of 3 months with successful cooks from Walt and Todd, money being laundered through the car wash and the transportation of meth to the Czech Republic. Marie mentions to Skyler that maybe after 3 months that she and Walt should take the children back but she’s still hesitant that Walt can’t provide a safe household for them. To convince Walt to leave the drug trade once and for all, Skyler takes Walt to a storage unit that she rent once she couldn’t launder any more of the money. She says that she tried to come up with a mathematical way of estimating the money but due to different bill denominations, there’s no way she’d ever be able to figure it out. The amount of money in the storage unit is more than they could spend in a number of lifetimes. Walt eventually agrees to bring his family back together and stop cooking.
After agreeing to quit the business, Walt visits Jesse at his home. He reminisces about pass adventures with Jesse in the early days of cooking meth. After their small chat, Walt begins to leave and Jesse looks real uneasy until Walt mentions that he left something for him. At the front door, a large duffle bag containing the $5 million methylamine money that was owed to him. Once inside his house, Jesse drops a pistol on the floor which he was going to use to defend himself again what he believed to be a hit on him by Walt. After that we witness a party at Walt’s house where we can assume that Walter Jr. and Holly have moved back into the house. Everyone’s laughing and having a great time. Hank goes to use the bathroom and stumbles on the poetry book Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman as reading material. Inside the book, Gretchen had written in the book to Walter, “…my other favorite W.W”. Hank remembers a conversation he had with Walt during the episode ‘Bullet Points’ about Heisenberg being W.W and he finally realizes, to his own shock and horror, that his brother-in-law is the man he’s been hunting.
A relatively slow paced finale in comparison to ones of recent memory but it still had it’s significant moments to make it an exceptional episode. So, what’s next for Walter White? What will Hank do with his theory that his brother-in-law is Heisenberg? Who will Walt be using that M60 machine gun that we saw in ‘Live Free or Die’? There are so many open possibilities to the start of next season and it’s ultimate end. Speculate all you want but we’ll have to wait another long year to see Breaking Bad’s conclusion.