Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Blues...and the final Breaking Bad breakdown...

Fall is here :)

My Sunday availability has opened up; as Breaking Bad is no longer on the air.

I am available everyday 9am-9pm, with proper notice and confirmation. Also for those of you who actually READ my blog, I have added a couple new photos, scroll to the bottom...(where you belong)--you're welcome.

Breaking Bad Finale:
I thought the final episode of Breaking Bad FINALE/ "FeLiNa" was clear cut and concise--I do not know why I am being asked to break it down when it is the perfect ending--self explanatory. But I will break it down for you from what I gathered...

Felina is an anagram for finale, but if you see each syllable as a periodic element--you end up with the following:


The finale is the product of Walt has become, FeLiNa--blood, meth, and tears--his entire life, each aspect of it has become composed of these different elements.

Even Walter White wears pink...

I believe that Walter White comes out as best as he could have hoped for in the end. Vince Gilligan is great at writing his characters into a corner and getting them out in the simplest most believable way possible.  It is no wonder that after everything that has happened in the course of the series Walt truly redeems himself for his transgressions.

Walt has decided to tie up loose ends after Gretchen and Elliott appear on Charlie Rose and Walt changes his mind about giving up he decides he has come too far to give up...rather than stay at the bar he leaves to finish what he started.

"Just get me home, I'll do the rest"

He finds a car that is not locked and gets inside in order to avoid the police, he looks for the key in the glove compartment and finds a Marty Robbins tape and a screwdriver. He tries to pretend he knows he is hotwiring the car with the screwdriver, but in true form to Walt he fails.  He sees the police sirens ride by and grabs the screwdriver for "protection" and mutters to himself "just get me home", luckily the police just roll by, he flips down the sun-visor and the key falls into his hand.  This lucky moment is kind of a hubris' giving him the go ahead to just finish what he began: the police don't check the car and he finds the key in a likely place, someone who keeps their car unlocked would leave it--so once again Walt is motivated and written out of that corner--into finishing what he started. He pounds the window to get the snow off and turns on the wipers and puts on the Marty Robbins cassette to a very appropriate song.  Notice that Felina is a name mentioned in the song...which when applied to Walt and his life and where this episode is going to go is a perfect vehicle to foreshadow his fate.

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl.
Night-time would find me in Rosa's cantina;
Music would play and Felina would whirl.

Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina,
Wicked and evil while casting a spell.
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden;
I was in love but in vain, I could tell.

One night a wild young cowboy came in,
Wild as the West Texas wind.
Dashing and daring,
A drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina,
The girl that I loved.

So in anger I

Challenged his right for the love of this maiden.
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore.
My challenge was answered in less than a heart-beat;
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor.

Just for a moment I stood there in silence,
Shocked by the FOUL EVIL deed I had done.
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there;
I had but one chance and that was to run.

Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran,
Out where the horses were tied.
I caught a good one.
It looked like it could run.
Up on its back
And away I did ride,

Just as fast as I

Could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the bad-lands of New Mexico.

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless.
Everything's gone in life; nothing is left.
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death.

I saddled up and away I did go,
Riding alone in the dark.
Maybe tomorrow
A bullet may find me.
Tonight nothing's worse than this
Pain in my heart.

And at last here I

Am on the hill overlooking El Paso;
I can see Rosa's cantina below.
My love is strong and it pushes me onward.
Down off the hill to Felina I go.

Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys;
Off to my left ride a dozen or more.
Shouting and shooting I can't let them catch me.
I have to make it to Rosa's back door.

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side.
Though I am trying
To stay in the saddle,
I'm getting weary,
Unable to ride.

But my love for

Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen,
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest.
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle.
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest.

From out of nowhere Felina has found me,
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side.
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for,
One little kiss and Felina, good-bye. 

--Marty Robbins El Paso

The Breaking Bad title rolls by...seriously I was upset that it was going to be the last time that would ever happen, but glad that Vince Gilligan & Co. know how to write, produce, direct, act--its such a talented group of people working together. I cannot wait for Better Call Saul... anyways back to the breakdown...

We see that Walt is back in New Mexico because we see him at a gas station in the desert; he then calls Gretchen and Elliott's office pretending to be a reporter for the New York Times, and finds out their home address and when they will be back that same night.  He hangs up the phone and takes off the watch that Jesse gave him for his past birthday, and leaves it on top of the payphone--I think as a mile marker--that there is no time left.

"Cheer up beautiful people, this is where you get to make it right"

We then see Gretchen and Elliott arrive from said trip, and they are discussing some white people issues as they arrive in their luxury car, at their NEW multi-million dollar home, the house is very posh and sophisticated--just like them.  Walt walks in behind them, admires their home, it is clear he is still bitter about the Graymatter  snub and being bought out is what started his feelings of betrayal and backstabbing. I also think Walt wonders--what if I had not sold out my potential when he sees the trappings of wealth that Gretchen and Elliott have. Gretchen finally sees him and screams, Elliott comes and sees that it is Walt, and the first thing he says to them is that he loves the new house and the view. He tells them how good they looked on Charlie Rose. They both fear that Walt is there to hurt them or get something from them, and he assures them that is the opposite, but that they need to come with him to his car to get it.  As the music swells in the background Elliott brandishes a paring knife at Walt, which is just too small...

They get all of Walt's money--9.7 million dollars that he wants them to give to Walt Jr. since in a sense they can launder his money for him, they agree and shake on it. Walt then asks them if he can trust them to do this correctly--they say yes--but Walt has two lasers pointed at their chest.  Tell them that he paid two hit men 100K a piece to make sure that no matter what happens to him, they will be keeping tabs on Gretchen and Elliott, to make sure they keep their word and give Walt Jr. the money that Walt has shed blood, meth, and tears for. If they betray Walt they will suffer a death at any time anywhere--so they will not be expecting it. Before he leaves he tells them "Cheer up beautiful people, this is where you get to make it right".

We then see Walt in a car as Skinny Pete and Badger run in, he asks for the laser pointers they used to scare Gretchen and Elliott by pretending to be the hitmen.  They kind of mention that they feel shady and immoral about what they just did--the he gives them 10K a piece and they don't feel as bad about what they just did. Walt asks them about the blue meth, and it seems that it is still out there (because Jesse is cooking it for the Neo-Nazis) but Skinny Pete and Badger thought it was Heisenberg still cooking, but now they all have their suspicions it is Jesse. Walt is more angry about the fact that on top of being ripped off by the Neo-Nazis, Uncle Jack did not keep his end of the deal and kill Jesse.  It also appears that Jesse is cooking blue meth better than Walt ever did. They are surprised because they thought that he had moved to Alaska, and are upset that Jesse has not hooked them up. Walt speeds off angrily.

...meanwhile Jesse is really Uncle Jack's meth slave.

The scene opens up to some carpentry tools that we see Jesse using to create the wooden box he spoke about while in rehab--the one with inlaid zebrawood and was polished with some nut oil--we actually see him making the box in this very dreamy flashback style scene.  His apron gets caught and we are brought harshly into reality where its his chain on the dogtrack that catches and he realizes he is no longer crafting a box but meth instead.  Meth has become his art.

"You tend to be schedule oriented"

Walt is at the Denny's for his 52nd birthday, the scene that was shown at the beginning of episode 501-"Live Free or Die".  We know because of the bacon its his birthday, exactly two years to the day that he was diagnosed with cancer and began cooking meth.  We also see him get the ricin out of the wall socket at his old house that is abandoned and vandalized.  He recalls his birthday where Hank was making fun of him for being boring and invited him on the ride along--that changed his life and pushed him in the path of having Jesse Pinkman in his life. He leaves the house and does not turn back.

Lydia and is clicking away in her Louboutins walking into the coffee shop sitting at the same table, in her cold stern and calculating demeanor ordering tea with soy-milk, reaching for the Stevia.  Then in a wide angle shot we see Walt sitting at the counter as Todd walks in to meet Lydia he greets her and creepily compliments her blouse as he stares at her chest.  She knows she can manipulate Todd, since he has a crush on her.  Walt slinks a chair to sit at their table, before they realize it Walt is telling them to just listen to him, he has a new way of cooking meth without methylamine, which has been the hard sought chemical that has been the topic of many Breaking Bad episodes.  Walt wants to sell his new formula for at least a million dollars and wants them to set up a meet with Jack.  Lydia just wants to get him out of there, as soon as he is gone Todd objects to Walt being back in business with them, she guffaws and implies that bringing him to Jack they would be "doing him a favor".  We know that Uncle Jack wants Walt to go away forever, or else, meaning that Walt is being set up to get killed--he shouldn't have come back.

Then she puts the Stevia into her tea...

It appears that Walt is out in the desert near some abandoned homes or bombing site--through the window frame of the broken down house we see Walt tinkering with his car.  He is rigging up the M-60 machine gun while he sings the Marty Robbins song.  He has it hooked up to go off when you hit the car alarm pad on his keys.

"I was alive..."

The phone rings repeatedly as the camera pans across a cozy and small apartment where we finally see Skyler sitting down as she picks up the phone once the machine has screened it. It is Marie, letting Skyler know that Walt is in town, and that he has been spotted at their old house, and all over town. It is interesting that Marie's kitchen and house no longer has that bright purple around as much anymore, or at all once Hank is gone. Skyler plays it cool, when the camera zooms into a tighter shot of the kitchen, revealing that Walt has been there all along.  She gives him five minutes.  She is concerned he hurt someone to get to her, he assures her he did not have to. She comments on how he looks terrible, he assures her he feels good.  She tells him to talk and asks why he is there.  He didn't like the last phone call, and he needed a proper goodbye. Skyler is worried that Todd will come back to get her if Walt is in custody.  Walt assures her they will not be a problem after tonight.  He avoids the questions "what's tonight" by handing her the lottery ticket with the GPS coordinates where Hank and Gomie are buried--it will fix her situation with the DEA.  And he finally tells Skyler what she has been dying to hear..." all the things I did"..."I did it for me." It is the first time that Walt has openly acknowledged that he enjoyed being Heisenberg, that it made him feel alive  Before Flynn gets home and Walt has to leave, all he wants to do is see Holly.

We see the DEA watch Flynn get out of the school bus, from across a buildings two parallel windows he sees Flynn go into his apartment.  He keeps his distance, but Walt sees his family for the last time.

"Say, You want this"
Walt arrives at the Neo Nazi compound--it is now dark out.  One of the main Neo Nazi guys comes and gets into the car with him, makes small talk about the engine--then tells Walt to drive to the Clubhouse--which is where Uncle Jack and Walt has met with them in the past.  Walt parks parallel to the clubhouse ignoring where this guy is telling him to park.  The guy thinks nothing of it, and just makes Walt go through the security patdown and wire check.  He does have his keys and wallet confiscated, which we know put a crease in Walt's plan, but he goes ahead and plays along. They bring Walt in and Jack immediately comments on his hair, and how he looks--Walt goes straight to business in regards to the new cook and possibly selling it to them--Uncle Jack insists he is not interested since he has his own deal going with Lydia--and one of the guys puts a gun to Walt's head, and Walt starts yelling at Jack that he owes him Jesse Pinkman, he knows Jesse isn't dead, and assumes that they are partners. Jack gets pissed of being accused of being partners with a rat, and has Todd bring Jesse over.  In that time Walt makes his way to the pool table where his wallet and keys are, and grabs his keys while no one is looking.  Todd brings Jesse in, and Uncle Jack grabs Jesse by his chains and shows Walt that Jesse isn't his partner--he's his slave.  They look at each other face to face and Walt sees how bad Jesse is being treated, and Jesse sees how badly Walt looks because of the cancer.  They both pity one another and are in their own personal hell at the same time.  Walt grabs his keys and pushes Jesse down as he activates the M-60 spraying mechanism.

 In a Tarantinoesque kill all the bad guys type moment, we see most of the Neo Nazis get mowed down by bullets--we see everyone but Todd and Jesse get shot--even Walt winces as a bullet hits him while he is on the floor holding Jesse down still. Once the bullets stop, Todd goes to the window to see what is going on, Jesse takes the opportunity that Todd's guard is down and his capturers are dead--takes the chains that bind his hands and feet together and chokes him to the ground until Todd is dead, Jesse scrambles to get keys off of Todd to unlock himself free. Meanwhile, Uncle Jack is still alive and just wounded and offers Walt to keep him alive if he tells him the location of the money he stole from him: Walt shoots him dead.  It now comes down to Walt and Jesse, they look at one another, Walt slides the gun to Jesse and tempts him to shoot him, Jesse wants to hear Walt say that he wants to be shot, but Jesse is done with death and just throws the gun down--tells Walt to do it himself. It is clear that Walt truly has nothing to lose, as he is shot and dying of cancer. Walt hears Todd's phone go off with a silly ringtone that let's us know Lydia is calling--she looks sick and asks about Walt not knowing it is him--he asks he about her health, and tells her that he poisoned her with ricin via the Stevia she puts into her tea, he says goodbye to her and hangs up.  We see Jesse get into a car and bust through those gates like a bat out of hell, GOOD FOR HIM. I am glad to see Jesse FREE--he deserves a good ending, it made my heart happy to see his character live.  Walt walks over to the meth lab that Jesse was enslaved in, he sees the equipment, and a song starts off "I got what I deserved..." and Walt collapses and an overhead shot is pulled out wider--in the same manner that Jack in Lost ended the series.  We see the cops arrive, and find his dead body.

BELOW are the last two pages which I took from here:

--This is the MOST well written TV show ever, and I cannot believe that I sat here and regurgitated what was clearly a great ending.

Walt uses Gretchen and Elliott as a money launderers so that his kids get 9.72 million.
Walt gives Skyler a bargaining chip so she can get out of trouble with the DEA, gets to have Hank and Gomie found.  She also hears Walt tell her the truth about why he did all this, and have a huge struggle validated.
Walt gets to see his kids before he dies.
Walt gets to kill Lydia with the ricin. Walt kills Uncle Jack and Co.
Jesse gets revenge by strangling Todd with the same chains Todd bound him by, Jesse escapes and is free.
Walt dies in the lab...

How much more clean an ending do you need?

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