It goes without saying that Walter White is a conundrum. While he has done more to destroy the life of Jeese Pinkman than other anybody else, he’s also risked his life time and time again in order to save him. This episode completely exemplifies that. Felina is not only the Series Finale that we wanted but it’s the one that we deserved.
While last week’s episode, Ozymandias, was arguably the most intense episode of Breaking Bad, Granite State slows things down quite a bit. The latter half of the episode reminded me quite a bit of the episode “Fly” from season 3, while still carving out its own identity. If Granite State can be summed up by any phrase it would be “ripple effect”, because it’s essentially the continuation of how Walt’s choices still impact everyone who’s ever crossed paths with him.
Ozymandias begins with a flashback to Walt and Jeese’s first cook. They’re at the exact spot where Walt buried his fortune and was eventually apprehended by Hank. After Walt and Jeese finish their cook, Walt calls Skylar to explain to her that he’ll be working late and won’t be home in time for dinner. She’s okay with his tardiness and asks him to bring home a pizza. The scenes end as they fade away, brining us back to the present day.
This is it, the episode you’ve all been waiting for. Or if you’re a Walter White sympathizer, the episode you’ve been dreading. Walt is finally beaten at his own game; he’s outsmarted, manipulated and placed in handcuffs thanks to the two biggest liabilities he’s refused to kill. Hank and Jeese that is. There are still 3 episodes left, but it’s clear that no matter how it ends, Walt won’t get away unscathed.
Confessions ended on a wild cliffhanger, with Jeese pouring gasoline all over Walt’s house after learning that it was Walt, not Gus who poisoned Brock. Well this episode, Rabid Dog, deals with the aftermath. We find out how Walt really feels about Jeese, Hank gets his first taste of what it’s like to work with Jeese and Saul treats us to another colorful metaphor.
If you were disappointed with last week’s episode, fear not because Confessions absolutely delivers! Walter gives his “confession” to Hank and Marie, whilst trying to avoid being annoyed to death by the waiter from Office Space. After that, it starts to look like Walt is in the clear, again, only for Jeese to threaten everything that Walt has accomplished, yet again. To be fair to Jeese, this time around he has a damn good reason to.
In last week’s episode of Breaking Bad we finally got to see what we had all been waiting years for, the epic showdown between Walter White and Hank Schrader! Walt walked away from that exchange looking to be in control, channeling Heisenberg, cautioning Hank to tread lightly. This week we see Hank call Walt’s bluff and go straight for the jugular. Not only that, but we learn just how much fear Heisenberg commands when Huell suggests to Kuby that they abscond with Walt’s money before Kuby kindly reminds him of Heisenberg’s prison massacre.
After months of waiting and anticipation the second half of Breaking Bad Season 5 is finally here. Episode 9, appropriately titled Blood Money continues from the bombshell cliffhanger at the end of the mid-season finale. Blood Money jumps right into it and we see the confrontation between Walt and Hank that’s been building for years!