Skyler and Ted: not going to work out well. At all. How does Ted think she got 700,000 to give to him? I do not really want Walt to get caught based on stupid thirdhand financial shenanigans, and I cannot see that happening since it really wouldn't fit, so the question is what terrible things will happen to fix this.
Walt & Walt Jr: PT Cruiser? And when will Walt Jr ask about Jesse? I do not think that Walt will take to heart what Walt Jr said about him being real, because he's way too invested in Heisenberg.
Jesse, Gus & Mike: So this is an interesting question of loyalty. Jesse can now kill someone who is shooting at him, though he didn't kill Mike and Gus once it was clear he had the chance to do so. Is his relationship with Walt really over? If Gus dies of whatever poison that was, will Walt end up taking over the drug (and chicken) empire, possibly with Mike as his henchman? I loved that Don Eladio was killed at the same pool.
This season just keeps getting better. I cannot believe it is almost over. Only 19 episodes left of the show.
Post by shakespeherian on Sept 21, 2011 9:14:39 GMT -5
My guess as far as the first one: Either Ted gets brought into the enterprise like Saul & Skyler before him, or Ted's dead.
I was hoping that Jesse beating the shit out of Walt and telling him never to come back and then Walt screwing up Walt Jr. birthday maybe actually got through to Walt. At this point I'm not sure how much of his tearful apology was that and how much was the expired pain medication mixed with two beers. I'm hoping for at least some of the former.
I don't think Gus will die from the poisoning. My new, improved guess about this is that Walt is in some fashion responsible for Gus's death, and then whatever the scary evil connections Gus has in Chile finally reveal themselves when they come after Walt in response, which could be the bulk of the conflict for the final run of the show.
Ted cannot be brought into the enterprise, not permanently. He's even more of a loose cannon than Jesse used to be.
I am ready to find out who Gus really was in Chile. I'm not sure they will come after Gus's killer, though, I think it is possible that Gus left Chile in order to escape his past, and that he has been hiding from them since.
Post by shakespeherian on Sept 22, 2011 16:54:05 GMT -5
Well that's at least the impression the cartel has gotten of Gus-- in the flashback a couple episodes ago, when Gus's chemist friend is murdered in front of him, the cartel guys tell Gus that the only reason he's still alive is because they know who he is.
I bet Ted tries to blackmail Skyler, and that's why he gets capped. Skyler knows that Walter kills people ("I am the one who knocks!"), and she wanted to believe that she couldn't live with that. But then she turned back and decided to live with a murderer. Now she can benefit from his murdering ways. Of course Walt will want to keep it quiet from Gus and Mike because he doesn't want to seem even more of a liability (and perhaps an even stronger motivation: he doesn't like people knowing about his private family matters).
My interpretation/hope is that Gus has escaped from Chile and changed his name (this latter part is uncontroversial). The cartel has power over him because they are the only people who know his new name AND his old name -- everyone else in N America knows only Gus Frings, and in Chile they only know whoever Gus used to be. So the cartel used this knowledge against Gus, holding in reserve the power to tell people in Chile where he got to. It's not the only possible interpretation, but I think it holds up.
Ted isn't smart enough to blackmail successfully. Which works with Walt killing him, or having him killed. (But Walt doesn't live with Skyler, though maybe you meant live with in the more general sense, like operate a business with.)