I am a wreck. Literally. My editor had to come pick me up from the asylum after this episode aired. Still, let’s just get on with it, and celebrate what was, in my eyes, the greatest TV show of all time.
So turns out I was wrong; the episode starts with Walter stealing a Volvo, and visiting Gretchen and Elliot. However, he doesn’t intend to hurt them. He gives them every last penny he has and tells them to give it to Walter Jr. when he turns eighteen. The pair reluctantly agree as red dots appear on their bodies and Walter informs they’re being aimed at by the two best hit men this side of the Mississippi.
Lydia and Todd meet, and she orders her usual tea. They start talking business, where Walt then comes and intercepts them. He tells them he’s out of money, and knows they’re running low on Methlymene. He offers to teach them a new way to cook without it. Todd turns him down, but Lydia fakes interest, and passes on the information to Jack, but plans to have him killed.
He prepares to shoot, but then notices the bullet wound on his lower body and makes Walt admit that he wants this. Telling him to do it himself, he leaves. Todd gets a phone call from Lydia, which Walter answers. Lydia, now seriously ill, learns from Walt that he put Risin in her tea, and she will die shortly. Jesse, preparing to get into Jack’s car, gives one last look of gratitude to Walt, before driving off to freedom.
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The end. Before I review the episode, let’s just have a little retrospective of the show. I may not have been there from the start, only beginning the show earlier this year, but I’ve been entertained from day one. From that exhilarating first episode, to the Tuco saga, to Jane’s death, Gale’s death, Gustavo Fring’s reign and Hank’s hunt for Heisenberg, the show has only gone from strength to strength, never being weak. If I had to choose a favourite episode, it would probably the episode Ozymandias, which aired a few weeks ago and I genuinely think is the best episode of TV ever.
Breaking Bad is not a television show; it’s an experience. One to be enjoyed, and one to be loved. Every moment of this show has been a masterpiece and I cry at the thought of not being able to watch it anymore. But they wrapped it up perfectly, and that’s the most I can ask for.
Goodbye Walter. Goodbye Jesse. Thanks for the memories.