Another week, and like clockwork it’s another unrivalled episode of Breaking Bad. I will quickly begin to run out of superlatives for this show, so I’ll keep this one short.
So where to start with this one?
The opening was a bit jarring, with everyone’s favourite Friday Night Lights alum Landry, sorry, Todd, leaving a phone message for Walt, whom he refers to as Mr. White, not Heisenberg, interesting. We next get him divulging the entire train robbery to his uncle and Nazi friend. Could this come back to haunt Walt and Co later? It seemed weird that Todd would talk so openly about this as he’s always been shown to be quite careful and did swear that no one else would ever find out. Maybe this is a small lapse on his part, maybe just naivety. I’m not sure where Todd’s arc is going to go, but I’d hazard a guess at him and Walter crossing paths again.
What we get next is the fallout from Hank interrogating Jesse, rather unsuccessfully, given this episode’s title, a lot of people figured Jesse might turn on Walt, but I never saw this as an option for him, it would be out of character for him. Still, given how the rest of the episode plays out, we might just see Jesse take Hank up on his offer.
Hank is about to hit bottom when it comes to his investigation of Walt/Heisenberg. Jesse won’t talk, and the only evidence he has is circumstantial. Hank is visibly shaken all the time in this episode, and he knows he has nothing, it’s as if he knows he is fighting a losing battle and everyone’s against him, he is frustrated and you have to wonder how that frustration is going to come out.
The confession in question is not quite what is teased towards the beginning of the episode but i’ll be dammed if it didn’t deliver one of the greatest monologues in a TV series ever. Walt’s flipped confession, in which Hank is the meth kingpin and he is but a mere cook is genius on his part. It’s cringe worthy to watch Hank and Marie watching this. Walt is well and truly under control here and now Hank knows it. The monologue delivered by Bryan Cranston was unbelievable. It’s up there with the ‘I am the one who knows’ speech, and dare I say, ‘The Carousel’ speech from Mad Men. The delivery is perfect and the cinematography and editing just top it off, the close up shots of Walt’s face for emphasis add to the scene in such a way, everything is heightened, the tension is bigger and the stakes have never been higher.
The way Walt tries to talk Jesse into leaving was as transparent as it was manipulative and horrible. Walt is truly reaching the point of no redemption and I’m so glad Jesse saw right through it. Aaron Paul nailed this scene, and his range of emotions in this entire episode were amazing. The final scenes, Jesse letting off his rage at Saul after realising it was Walt that stole the Ricin (and therefore must have poisoned Brock), after it being stolen from Jesse by Saul. Wow. What follows? Jesse’s total meltdown as he heads to Walt’s house and starts dousing it with petrol? Wow.
Now, we know the house doesn’t get burnt down, we’ve seen it a few months in the future and it’s abandoned, but not fire damaged. So who stops him? Does Walt get back in time? Is someone else home? With just a few hours left now, things are moving along quickly with very little room to breathe, but it looks like now we’re heading into the endgame proper. I can’t wait to see what next week brings.