In the aftermath of the shooting Jesse and Mike want out of the meth business for good, but Walt isn't ready to hang up his Heisenberg hat just yet.
Breaking Very Bad
So far the first half of the final season of Breaking Bad has concerned itself primarily with just how bad Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has gotten. Whether it's manipulating Jesse (Aaron Paul) or holding Skyler (Anna Gunn) hostage in their sham of a marriage, this is a far different man than we met in the pilot. This episode drives home that point by having Jesse vocalize just how far he's fallen down the criminal rabbit hole.
Whistle While You Work
This season has shown Walt to be a highly functioning sociopath with no real regard for the emotions or well being of others. Minutes after emphasizing with Jesse over the murder from last episode, Walt goes right back to cooking with a smile on his face and a whistle on his lips. Throughout the years Breaking Bad has trafficked in a lot of scary moments. But few have been as off-putting as watching how carelessly Walt actually felt about the death of an innocent child. Last season might have proven Walt capable of harming a child for a purpose, but this season has proven him capable of a startling lack of emotion.
From Walt to Heisenberg
Unfortunately for Walt, Jesse and Mike (Jonathan Banks) don't feel the same way. After the death of the young boy, both decide it's time to get out of the meth game for good. For Mike this decision might have been a bit more selfishly motivated as the DEA is now trailing him almost full time. The plan is to sell off the methylamine, giving them all about five million each. But Walter White doesn't want to settle for five million dollars anymore. He wants to be the kingpin of a meth empire. The criminal disguise is now his true personality. He's Heisenberg full time now.
When Jesse goes to talk Walt into accepting, we get some back story on the company he helped create in college. He sold his shares for five thousand and it later went on to be worth billions. Walt is the kind of guy who checks the stock to see just how much the company is worth every week, the kind of guy whose bitterness can finally be avenged in the drug game. So he will go to great lengths to stop the gang from selling his share. He burns the plastic cuffs off his wrists and doesn't even flinch when Mike has a gun to his head. According to Jesse he has a plan for what to do with the meth. "Everyone wins," Walt assures Mike.
Will Walt's plan succeed? Will Jesse and Mike manage to get out of the meth game? Will Jesse ever find good frozen dinners? Share your theories in the comments!
"At the end of the day it was him or us and I chose us."
-- Todd to the team about the shooting.
"There are things you just don't know that if you knew you'd never speak to me again."
-- Skyler to Marie.
"Finally, we're self-sufficient. Finally, we have everything we need and no one to answer to except ourselves! And in a year, a year and a half once we've cooked through this methylamine, there will be plenty of time for soul searching."
-- Walt to an upset Jesse after seeing the news of the missing child.
"When you started this thing did you ever dream of having five million dollars? I know for a fact that you didn't. I know for a fact that all you needed was 700 hundred and 37 thousand because you worked it all out like mathematically. Look if selling the methylamine now means that no one else ever gets killled than I vote for that man, hands down."
-- Jesse to Walt about selling the methylamine.
"Jesse you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither, I'm in the empire business."
--Walt to Jesse.