On the mid-season finale of Breaking Bad Walt finally decides to give up the meth game, but it might be too late to make a clean getaway when an obscure clue gives Hank pause.
The first half of this season of Breaking Bad has been almost entirely devoted to showing the devolution of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as he becomes more and more ruthless. Thus we got the kaleidoscope of brutal death sequences as Walt takes out Gus' former minions in prison in a brilliantly staged orchestra of death. As everyone comes to hate and fear Walt, he realizes it's lonely at the top and cashes out. But can Walt ever really wash his hands of all the blood he's spilled?
How Much Is Enough?
Even Lydia (Laura Fraser) realizes quickly that with Mike out of the picture there's very little to ensure her safety. So instead she makes a hail Mary gamble and tells Walt about a new distribution destination: the Czech Republic. With the center of the action so far away, Walt is able to make millions upon millions easily and without all the bloodshed that usually accompanies a Walter White scheme. So much money, in fact, that Skyler (Anna Gunn) can't even launder it all.
The End of Heisenberg?
As we've seen throughout the course of this half season, the money isn't what's important to Walt. It's the power that comes along with donning that Heisenberg hat and shades and playing like a gangster. Without a nemesis to fight or anything to overcome, however, the unthinkable happens: Walt just seems bored. Perhaps the hospital scan might have also gotten him back in touch with his own mortality, but he finally decides to get out of the game and get his family back. He seems to realize that without his family, or even poor terrified Jesse (Aaron Paul), the drug game is just not what it used to be.
After all the bodies, the bloodshed and the terror Walt finally seems as if he's out of the game. The episode begins to close on an idyllic scene of Hank (Dean Norris) and Marie (Betsy Brandt) over at the White house as the kids play in the background. When Hank excuses himself to go to the bathroom, however, it all comes crumbling down. He reads an inscription in Leaves of Grass from G.B. to W.W. that makes him remember Gale and makes him question everything.
Is Hank really onto Walt? Is Walt's cancer back? How long will Jesse stay out of the game? What do you think the end of Breaking Bad will bring? Sound off in the comments!
"I don't want to talk about this. It had to be done."
-- Walt to Todd about killing Mike.
"There is no we Jesse. I'm the only vote left and I'll handle it."
-- Walt to Jesse about what to do next.
"Tagging trees is a lot better than chasing monsters."
-- Hank talking about his old job.
"There is more money here than we could spend in ten lifetimes. I certainly can't launder it, not with a hundred car washes. Walt, I want my kids back. I want my life back. Please tell me, how much is enough? How big does this pile have to be?"
-- Skyler to Walt showing him all the money.
"I'm not coming back."
-- Jesse to Walt.