Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
re: Breaking Bad Thread (NO SPOILERS OUTSIDE OF THIS THREAD. INCLUDING SIGS & CHATBOX.)
Agreed with the others that this wasn't really a season finale, and so leaving us with that cliffhanger for the next year to set up the remaining 8 episodes effectively did its job in paying off Walt's ego and meticulous approach to not being caught finally catching up to him just as he was regaining his old life. Between Hank now knowing about Walt, as well as Walt being out of the business and potentially running foul of Declan, Lydia and others who benefit from his product and his relationship with Jesse plummeting to new depths, the final 8 episodes are going to be incredibly engaging with no clear picture as to where and how this story will end.
Walt going on the run/taking revenge on people in the meth business who may go after his family in a bid to get him to return to cooking makes sense, then again he could be on the run from Hank and the DEA (the theory about him potentially trying to take out Hank only for someone else to die is highly plausible, though it does depend entirely on how Hank sets about trying to bring down Walt). The tease about his cancer returning as well as the ever constant tease about Jesse finally uncovering all of Walt's atrocities and manipulations concering the people closest to him in his life will also make for some incredibly tense and dramatic scenes next season.
I agree with whoever it was who mentioned Jesse going for his gun when Walt showed up highlighted how far their relationship and trust has soured through Walt's ambition and ego. He's reached a point where Jesse knows Walt is capable of anything and that not even he can be naive enough to trust Walt when it comes to his own life. Honestly never occurred to me that he might shoot himself when he was briefly alone.
Whilst I'd have preferred more Jesse this season, I think it was a noble decision to focus more on Walt's ambition and ego affecting his relationship with Mike, Skyler and new business partners in order to bring us to the cliffhanger where Walt is supposedly out of the business when its at its most profitable, and with Hank now finding out the truth. Jesse's ongoing torturous morality and strained relationship with Walt were still primary factors in the story, particular in the death of the young boy proving to be the last bit of blood Jesse can stomach to have on his conscience. Jesse's character has played so strongly into the prior seasons and his development and heartbreaking story arcs still continuing into this season were enough for me to overlook him not being used as prominently, instead much of the season focused on Walt and the subtle hints that as his power grows his ego threatens to unravel and destroy his empire from the inside.
As for how Hank found out, I didn't have much complaints. He's been shown to be a credible adversary to Walt through his police work, but him coming upon evidence by chance felt like a satisfactory payoff to Walt's developing ego and him perhaps accepting his newfound power in the market as a sense of invincibility. I also loved how Hank only found out the truth when Walter was finally ready to quit, though like another poster mentioned, I'm pretty sure Skyler's distrust in Walt will make her question whether he's truly out of the business and which could factor heavily into whether she confesses to Hank or indirectly contributes to Hank uncovering more evidence of Walt's actions.
Overall I'd call this the best season of the show so far, narrowly ahead of Season 4. The characters were all developed and their relationships further intensified and we're left with a very open and engaging final 8 episodes where absolutely anything can happen.