GLIDING o’er all, through all,
Through Nature, Time, and Space,
As a ship on the waters advancing,
The voyage of the soul–not life alone,
Death, many deaths I’ll sing.
~ Walt Whitman
Who knew that one Walt would be summed up so eloquently by another?
And who knew that it would be Walt Whitman that would be the domino that would topple things for the mighty Walter White?
I have to admit I was shocked by the ending of this episode. In the world of Breaking Bad, big things happen; planes crash overhead, faces get melted off, people die by the riverside. So imagine my surprise when one of the biggest game-changers for the series was a shockingly quiet moment that caused my heart to sink to my bowels.
But I’m getting ahead of myself…
- One of the things I do love about the show (and Vince Gilligan as a show runner) is that there is such a sense of economy. There are no wasted characters or moments (ala Lost). Even a throwaway reference, such as Todd saying his uncle has contacts in the prison system, would pay off with the dispatching of Mike’s men.
- Lydia finally realizes that she needed to prove her usefulness to Walt, lest he go off and kill her. It’ll be interesting to see this whole Czech Republic scheme take off, if it ever does.
- Once again, Marie instigates something in Skyler, which leads to a final confrontation between her and Walt. I for one, was not expecting to see the stacks of money in the storage unit, but she’s right: there’s no conceivable way she can launder that money. And in an big twist, he said “I’m Out.” And meant it!
- It was bizarre watching that scene between Walt and Jesse, almost like it was Walt saying he was off to die (well there was that cancer scan, which could be a portent of something bad).
- After all the strum und drang of this half-season it ends with Walt and Skyler and Hank and Marie having a nice barbecue, and Hank has to use the bathroom, and finds the copy of Leaves of Grass autographed by G. B. This reminded me of the scene in Mad Men when Betty Draper opened Don’s secret drawer. Hank sees it, but how much of it does he truly understand?
And on that note, we leave the ABQ till 2013. But that’s ok, because we have Dr. Who to console us…