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And that was that. Undeniably one of the greatest shows of all time wrapped up nice and neat, like a little blood soaked gift. After five years, five seasons, and three birthdays, Breaking Bad has concluded in a beautiful, beautiful fashion. It's been a fun ride, and one that doesn't come around that often in one's lifetime, so let's get into the nitty-gritty, shall we?
From beginning to end, this one was all about Walt. The supporting characters all got their screen time, but this was the end of Walt's tale, as it should be. It was fantastic to see him turn back into the plotting, clever Walt that was able to take down Gus Fring, and I personally loved how he was able to pull it all back together, however so slightly, in his last hurrah. It was expertly thought out, and though I have seen some people complain that it was all too "neat" of an ending, I have to disagree. Sure, it may not have followed the blueprint of Breaking Bad's past, but that's what it's all about, isn't it? Transforming from, in this case, a harebrained, flawed idea to a masterfully executed plan capable of delivering Walt's ultimate revenge.
I'm sure that I was not alone in thinking that Walt's mission to Gretchen, Elliot, and Elliot's ear's home was going to end in bloodshed, but I'm so happy that it didn't. Instead, him coming up with the idea to siphon his money to his family through two well off multi-millionaires was genius, and ensures that he will be looking after his family long after he dies. Also, nice cameo appearances by Badger and Skinny Pete. We haven't seen them since their incredible Star Trek script conversation in "Blood Money". Ah, those were simpler times, weren't they?
Walt then proceeded to say one last, proper goodbye to Skyler. It's heartbreaking looking back, realizing that Walt Jr.'s only perception of his father for the rest of his life will be that of a drug dealing, murdering, abusive monster, and that Holly won't know Walt outside of what she hears will be all the awful things about him. But it's almost even sadder to realize that that's what he was: a horrible, drug dealing, murdering, abusive monster, but one that, after all these years, finally accepts that and realizes that, telling Skyler that all of this was because he liked it, was good at it, felt alive while doing it. It was a very powerful scene, and gave us our last glimpse at Walt's ever degrading family life.
Now, time for the grand finale. It was a stroke of genius for everyone involved, both fictional and real people. The dramatic irony of us as the viewer knowing that Walt didn't need Jack's money but seeing Walt still going to the compound was the small shred of proof we needed to confirm our belief that that machine gun would be used on the neo-Nazis. And it was a fantastic display of carnage, and played out in a way I don't think anybody could have anticipated. It wasn't a shootout; it was a massacre, all with the intent to free Jesse from his captivity and exact vengeance upon those who killed the one's that Walt loved. And I know that some people were disappointed with Jesse not being the one to kill Walt, but I feel like that would have been against his character to do so. He never wanted into this type of world, so he shouldn't be the one to finish it all. And in the end, Walt inadvertently set up his own demise, just like he did five seasons ago when he started cooking.
I don't believe that Walt's death could have been a more fitting conclusion to the series. And while some people will probably be upset that it all ended in an almost positive manner, I feel like it was fitting. Walt didn't redeem himself, as some people may think. It was never his intention to redeem himself, just to wanted to end on his terms. This doesn't make him a good person, it makes him an honest person, and that's what makes this ending special: it ended honestly. Walt wasn't possessed by a demon over the duration of the show, or aliens weren't making his meth so good, it all just comes down to the decisions he's made. He came out on top of all his adversaries, Jack, Lydia (Stevia flavored ricin for the win!), Gus, Tuco, they all fell before not Heisenberg, but Walt. His final decision, to die in the place where he did what he loved, was a sad reminder of how far down the rabbit hole he went over the series. The fact that it was played out to "Baby Blue" was just the final nail in the coffin in terms of decision making for this episode, and solidified it as one of the best finales I've ever seen to one of the best shows of all time.
(Sidebar: How great was it whenever Jesse choked out Todd? That psychopath had it coming, and for Jesse to do it was the biggest "f*** yeah!" of these past couple episodes by far.)
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