So well here it goes, my first post on my brand new blog and I thought I would start off with the best of the best: Breaking Bad. As the whole world knows, Breaking Bad aired its highly anticipated series finale last night and it was kind of wonderful.
I will openly say that I had absolutely no idea how the series was going to end, but I did have incredibly high expectations. Like incredibly high. But I can tell you now that I am completely satisfied. Like I am so at peace with this finale. Breaking Bad’s finale did something that many shows fail to do - it ended. There was a definite ending for the entire world of Walter White. The building previous episodes were the climax, and the this episode was definitely the resolution. Breaking Bad has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We know the characters will continue on, but we’re at peace with them and their world.
I’ll just say that I am so happy that Jesse is now free. I have no idea what he’ll do or where he’ll go, but he is alive. I mean, he is emotionally scarred forever, but he has a chance to start over again. The scene where Jesse was working on his beautiful wooden box, alluding to his passion in his wood shop class, was so great - it kind of showed the world that is awaiting him. This peaceful world, free of meth and loss. And I’m just going to say Walt jumping on top of Jesse, even though he was planning to kill him, just showed the humanity that still is in Walt. There is overwhelming hate between them, but also so much respect. I miss their father/son bond, but at the end of the day, their relationship was never a good one. It was never one to be entirely admired, yet I’m still pleased that they showed that feelings do exist there and they are pure and genuine. On some level. I’m happy that we received a resolution between them, an ending.
Another moment in the finale that was so emotional was when Walter went to see Skyler, and we finally heard Walt say the truth we’ve always known-that he did this all for himself. While we all can agree that Walter did want to provide for his family and loved his family, the real reason it continued after one day is because he felt alive, he felt powerful. He finally felt respected and that he was good at something. That is why bringing back Gretchen and Elliot was so essential to the finale, that is where it all started-Walter’s desire to be respected. So seeing him admit that to Skyler, it such a simple way, kind of just showed how far he has come. He can finally admit it to himself and others. And him telling this to Skyler of all people shows, again, the complexity yet respect in their relationship.
And by him dying in his place, his meth lab, he finally accepted how much this place has been a part of him. This place was his peace—he knew he was going to die, so he went to the place where he felt most at peace, most at home. I also think it’s important to note that his Heisenberg hat by this point has entirely disappeared, representing that he no longer believes that Heisenberg was a separate entity inside of him that he became, but that Heisenberg was always a part of him. And he accepted it. Him dying and not caring and just the camera panning away, a la Crawl Space, was absolute perfection.
There is so much more I could say, but really all that needs to be said is that the series has ended and it ended in such a subtle, yet powerful way. Breaking Bad may be the best show I have ever seen, it is storytelling at its absolute finest. It demonstrates the power television holds in today’s world. The depth of characters, the messiness of relationships, and the gray matter in life. Breaking Bad is art to me, it is as simple as that. It was something that when you’re watching it, you’re mesmerized. You can’t believe that you’re watching something that is this incredible. It really was the best.
You’ll see many more posts from me about Breaking Bad because it changed the way television will be made, watched, and discussed. I’ll miss you…maybe more than I care to admit.