Monday, September 30, 2013

Breaking Bad Series Finale: So Long and Thanks for All the Angst

You guys. I don't think I've ever been so pleased by a finale before. After the giant hole of suck that was the Dexter finale, I'm so relieved that Breaking Bad did it right. After all the build up, the BB team had monumental expectations to live up to. And personally, I had a very concrete list of things that I was hoping to see. Happily, I got to see pretty much every single one of them.

Obviously, spoilers to follow. Some in picture form. Beware!!

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The big thing they had to contend with was how Walt was going to get his money to his family. As necessary as the money arrangements were, long term financial planning isn't the most exciting thing to watch. So they smartly dispensed with the money arrangements right off the bat in a nice little suburban emotional torture scene. It's always nice to see obscenely rich people get inconvenienced by dying meth kings. Always.

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Just look at the stress he's causing them! For real though -- I'm glad (and impressed) the writers came up with a plausible way for Walt to leave behind his money to his family. And I'm going to choose to believe that Elliot and Gretchen just follow through on everything. Rather than, you know, hire an awesome security team and turn the money in to the DEA. Because that would be a bummer.

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And then Walt said his goodbyes to his family. Also well done. And also something they sort of had to get through to get to the big finish. Skylar has annoyingly started acting like she actually was a total blameless victim rather than the leader of the money laundering team.  But whatever. It was a satisfying conclusion to his family life. Poor Holly, though, right? She's going to grow up in a screwed up family. And I'm guessing her big bro won't be painting a rosy image of their dearly departed dad. Jesse should come kidnap her. And raise her as Brock's sister. But hold on!! I'm not to Jesse yet.

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And bonus!! We didn't have to actually see a scene with Flynn being an annoying little punk. I'm so over that kid. But we can probably assume he'll be sticking with "Flynn" the rest of his life.

And then. Finally. Jesse. Jesse Jesse Jesse. The heart and soul of Breaking Bad. One of THE angstiest characters to ever be. Walt goes to take down the meth-nazis almost entirely because they killed Hank. (And maybe because they robbed him. And maybe because they're still making his meth and he's got a trademark. But mostly because they killed Hank). He doesn't care about getting his money back. He doesn't know until he sees Skylar that they threatened her. He's taking them down and Jesse with them.

When he arrives, he discovers that Jesse isn't their happy little sidekick. Jesse gets led into the meth-nazi drug party in chains, looking like he's been floating on a raft with Wilson for six months. Sidenote: It's a good thing king of the meth-nazis rose to Walt's Marty McFly challenge and didn't just kill him. Because that too would have been a bummer.

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Walt sees just how low Jesse is. And he must know it's his fault. He must know Jesse was just a happy little small-time dealer before Walt came along and ruined his life and crushed his spirit. So. Walt saves Jesse from his awesome automatic trunk-gun of doom. Walt saves Jesse. WALT SAVES JESSE!! That was Giant Thing #1 I wanted for the Breaking Bad finale.

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And Landry makes it through trunk-apocalypse alive. Just so that Jesse can be the one to kill him. Jesse killing Todd was Giant Thing #2 I wanted for the Breaking Bad finale. Another sidenote: It bums me out that more of the world will know Jesse Plemons as Todd than as Landry. It probably doesn't bum him out because I'm guessing Breaking Bad is the best thing ever to have on your resume. But you guys -- go know Landry on Friday Night Lights if you don't already. He wasn't a crazy psycho killer. He was just an accidental one-time killer...

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So Todd's dead. The rest of the Hank killing nazis are dead. But Walt has been shot. Jesse considers finishing the job.

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But he doesn't. Jesse does't kill Walt. Good for Jesse. He's done killing. He hates doing it. He always has -- it makes him depressed and forces him to go go-karting.

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Breaking Bad Series Finale Jesse Pinkman Aaron Paul Breaking Bad Series Finale Felina Breaking Bad Series Finale Jesse Pinkman
Jesse and Walt share an acknowledgment nod. Perfect perfect perfect. That's as good as it's going to get between these two. After Jane and Brock and everything that went down in the desert, there's no chance of relationship repair. But acknowledgment nod I can buy. Acknowledgement nod is the right way to go.

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And Jesse breaks free. Breaking Free!! Look at that face ^ He drives straight to Alaska on one tank of gas in that beat up old car and starts his happy life as a fish monger with an adorable girlfriend who's never tried drugs ever. Jesse lives. Giant Thing #3 I really wanted in the Breaking Bad finale. I've been hoping for Jesse's freedom for years now. Thank goodness they allowed it to be. Jesse lives Jesse lives Jesse lives. Make me a t-shirt, world.

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And Walt peaces out. Once and for all. Alone in a meth lab, never caught by the cops, never put in jail. He got a little redemption, he got his money to his family, he got Jesse free. Love and hearts and rainbows and smiles for the Breaking Bad finale. Suck it Dexter.

3 comments:

  1. Amen to all of the above. It was a perfect finale for this show, imo. I was so worried that Jesse wasn't going to make it out alive, and that would have broke my heart. But he finally caught a break (thank you, Walt!), yo. :) Our angst-ridden Jesse is finally free of the meth nazis, Walt, and of being anyone's bitch. It was the most awesome & satisfying final episode of any show I've seen thus far in my life. By the way, it's so good to "see" you back posting a report! I'm thankful to Breaking Bad/Jesse for inspiring a new post. :)

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  2. I concur with everything above. Jesse lives. Jesse lives. Jesse lives. 😄

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  3. послу увиденного фильма я не буду прежней

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