Gotta wonder though ... where do they go from here? Aside from that last shot showing Walt must have poisoned Brock, there's not much. Gus' posse dead, the Cartel wiped out. All I can think of is Mike is still down in Mexico in the hospital with the doctor who seemed to adore Gus - are they going to come after Walt and Jesse now?
Post by FelliniBlank on Oct 10, 2011 9:08:58 GMT -5
Face OFF, alright, ugh. The Gusinator! Gawd, did Gilligan have the final use for Tio Hector's malevolent little bell in mind all along? Speaking of which, the "S -- U -- C -- K etc." scene at the DEA was a thing of beauty.
I should think the last season will be Walt vs. law enforcement. It's going to be pretty clear now that Hank's theories were right. Gus and Tio die in a suicide bombing? The suspicious laundry has a massive chemical fire? Heisenberg might as well have sent an engraved party invitation to the DEA and FBI.
Because I am a fucking idiot and forgot that they always extend these finales, my DVR didn't get the last 10-12 minutes, so I won't be able to see it until Thu when they re-run it, but I've pieced it together from accounts here and there. Gus's spidey moment in the parking lot makes a whole lot more sense now that it's clear what exactly he learned from his conversation with Jesse. Man, when you can outmaneuver Gus, you have really arrived.
I figured out when Walt visited Tio Salamanca that he would use his little bell, but it took me until the end of the meeting with the DEA before I had a clue why he was meeting Hank. And then when Gus just fucking walked out of the room? Followed, of course, by us understanding the title of this episode. Ew.
It's pretty clear how Gus clued in to Jesse now, and I think the Brock reveal makes sense but I'm not sure I would have entirely believed it if we hadn't seen the clue with Becky. But wow, is Walt ever repellent now. I know he hoped that Brock and Becky wouldn't die, but he was willing to risk them. And poor Jesse, who even feels guilty about his plan, however little he ended up involved in it, to kill Gus, who probably deserved it. (Not that Walt deserves it any less.)
Now that Skyler cannot even start to fool herself anymore ("I win"? he has no idea how he comes off), I am curious what she will do. Walt and Jesse are going to have to fill the void left by the ending of the two biggest cartels somehow. Hank isn't going to just assume that paralysed old Hector Salamanca was faking it and built a bomb, especially when the laundry/meth kitchen just burned up too, so although he will know he was right about Gus, he also has to know there is someone else who set this whole thing up, and I think he'll decide that person must be Heisenberg. (He will, of course, be correct, but it will kill him to find out it's been Walt all along. And he has to find this out eventually.)
Also left open is when Jesse will find out about Brock and Jane, and how Walt Jr will deal with finding out his father is less amazing than he thought. And Mike, recovering there in Mexico. I am glad Mike survived. I am glad Saul survived. And I am especially glad Saul's assistant survived and blackmailed Walt for 25k.
So my question is, what really happened to the missing Ricin Cigarette?
I imagine Jesse will start wondering the same thing at the beginning of the next season.
The two explanations I've seen are:
a) On Walt/Saul's orders, Hewell substituted a non-ricin-containing cigarette pack when he frisked Jesse in Ep. 12.
b) Walt himself took the ricin cigarette and destroyed it back a few episodes when he bummed a cigarette from Jesse and stomped it out after a couple of puffs. That would have been just as a sign that he no longer trusted Jesse to fulfill his promise to kill Gus, not as a part of Operation Brock since obviously Walt hadn't planned that yet. If he put in a regular cigarette filter-end down, it would have looked like the ricin one, and Jesse would have moved it from pack to pack obliviously.
Or something. I'm not sure there's a satisfactory explanation.
There should be some stellar Jesse vs. Walt and Walt vs. Hank, well, I won't use the term "face-offs" (ever again, probably) confrontations next season.
One of the comments on the article linked on MeFi brought up a new idea I hadn't considered - Ze German Consortium. As they tore down the lab, all the barrels Jesse was axing through had the bee logo on it. Honeybee lawyers could come knocking on Walt's car wash door next year, telling him he better start cooking.
Post by Ms Harriet Vane on Oct 14, 2011 3:48:51 GMT -5
I'm going to have to watch Scarface now.
I've only been catching up with all of Breaking Bad over the last few months, and surprisingly managed to avoid any major spoilers. I'm so glad, because this show is all about the tension.
For the last season, I'm thinking it all comes back to family: how will Skyler react now that she fully realises how dangerous Walt is? Will we find out how a hotshot chemist ended up in a dead-end surburban life? How will Hank react when he figures out Heisenberg is Walt (I just can't imagine the show ending without Hank piecing it together)? Will Walt get the idea that some members of his family are just as disposable as Brock and Jane?
And most importantly: how long can Walt refrain from bragging/taking credit for Brock and Jane's deaths, in a way that gets back to Jesse? He can't stand anyone thinking that he's not man enough or clever enough to do what he does. Maybe he'll blurt it out to Mike, and Mike will tell Jesse.
How fleeting are all human passions compared to the massive continuity of ducks.
I just rewatched Season 1, and I have to say that it's even better after seeing Season 4. I'm quite amazed at how similar some of the scenes and situations are to later events in seasons 3 and 4. They've done a great job of obsessively developing certain themes in a very organic fashion.
Also: The first reveal of the creepy pink teddy bear, at 01:08 in S02E01, is almost exactly like the reveal of Gus's fatal injuries.