The penultimate Breaking Bad episode…waiting for the other shoe to drop. Waiting for loose ends to be tied up. And tonight, the writers gave us a big one. What’s in a name? A Heisenberg by any other name would be just as badass. And finally we see how one Walter White became Mr. Lambert. Remember, when Walt was at Denny’s for his birthday and used the name Lambert to score a free breakfast? Oh yah, and Lambert happens to be Skyler’s maiden name, too. The main theory has always been that Walt would off Skyler and then take on her name, as he did with his previous victims’ traits. Now we can be pretty confident that Walt is after a different final revenge. An alternative score to settle. Along with the possibility of still going after Jesse (though not so sure that’s the best course of action, now), Walter has a new vengeance for Grey Matter – the company who has been in the shadows since the early seasons. And, quite frankly, I wasn’t sure they would bring us back to wrap it up (hey, I’m a child of Lost, where they never explained a lot of things). But with that extra 15 minutes, we follow a new path for Walter White. To change his drug kingpin legacy and clear his name. After all, it’s always been about getting respect and doing best for his family. Always.
We left off with Walt in the red van, headed to his new life. But when the sliding door opens, we find ol’ Saul Goodman exiting the vehicle. Seems that Saul has gotten out of the business. It’s safe for no one with Uncle Jack and the Nazi Group on the loose. Looks like Walt has been hiding out for a few and he and Saul are going to be roomies. Fun! That’s pretty short-lived, however, when Walter informs Saul of his desire to go after said crazy group of Nazis who’ve gotten a taste of the good life. Saul wants nothing to do with it and he leaves a sickly Walt to his own devices. #Itsover.
Cut to poor Jesse who is still being held captive for his mad meth making skills. You see, Todd’s got a little crush on Lydia and he really needs Jesse’s 94% blue meth to impress the lady. Jesse, however, is not really into the whole being a prisoner thing and is armed with a paper clip. The paper clip gets him out of his cuffs and trying to escape the tarp-covered cage. Jesse quickly goes back into prisoner mode when Todd arrives and offers him ice cream. Todd is pretty creepy. He looks creepy and he acts creepy and he definitely just kills kids without thinking. He’s broken into the Schrader house, the White house, threatened Skyer and her baby and still looks creepy. I guess it’s now or never for Jesse to make a run for it. Jesse gets all the way to the fence before the gang finds him.
Meanwhile, Skyler is in a room full of lawyers who want her to give Walter up. That’s really no good cause Skyler really doesn’t know where he is. Marie is riding with DEA agents, knowing that Hank is dead, and then discovers that her house has been broken into (by Todd). And Walter, errr, Mr. Lambert, climbs out of a propane tank, into a snowy wonderland called middle of nowhere New Hampshire. He’s got everything he needs, except cable TV and a telephone. With no way to conduct business, get in touch with his family, talk to another human being or get anything a dying man needs, he definitely won’t be staying there long. An 8-mile hike, no acknowledgement of existence after he leaves and the knowledge that his family could be in trouble is all that stand in between his cabin and the one-horse town with the telephone and TV. #Tomorrow.
As if Jesse would ever catch a break, Todd shows up at Brock’s Mom’s door to…well, shoot her in the back of the head. No bueno. Clearly, Jesse was there to see the whole thing. Jesse’s declaration of not giving a crap about his own life and oh yah, not cooking for these bastards anymore didn’t go very far to a lovesick Todd and his money-loving family of wannabe kingpins. So, down goes another of Jesse’s people. He can’t even give up his own life correctly. Like most people, I’m sure, I was really rooting for Jesse to get over that fence.
It’s been a few months and a bearded Walt is visited by his caregiver. New specs, rugged chemotherapy and even the Albuquerque Daily News periodical for perusing. The caregiver lets Walt know that his family is getting along fine in their newish life. But what Walt really longs for his human company and asks his caregiver to stay for an extra two hours. In a final “this is business” conversation, Walt asks the dude if he would give his money to his family, as he very well may die soon. Dude asks Walt if he would believe him even if he said yes. Hmmmm…tough realization for a man that did a lot of bad things, for the good of his family, after his ultimate demise (which was clear and present). Walter decides to take that 8-mile hike to use the phone.
Walt calls Walter Jr. at school and lets him know he’s ok. Walt tells Jr. to go to Louis’s house and await a package of $100,000. Walter Jr. is not really into that seeing as how his Dad killed his Uncle Hank and oh yah, is a huge drug dealer and never told him. Also, there was that whole knife fight with my Mom in front of me thing that just happened. So, Walt Jr. says a polite “no thank you”. And by that I mean he yells at Walt and calls him an asshole and then hangs up. Walt has nothing left to do but to ring up the DEA and turn himself in. That is until he sees the Grey Matter CEOs on TV – his former friends and partners, bad mouthing and lying about Walt’s part in the company. I guess that’s what really grinds his gears because when the agents show up to nab White, he’s gone…his drink remains. I’m never one to leave an unfinished bar drink, but when someone ain’t giving credit where credit is due…and pretty much the whole reason you needed money in the first place is cause they screwed you out of your fair share…well, is there any better reason for last-action revenge? Nah.
One. Episode. Left.