So far this season has been all about the relatively non-violent confrontations that started with Hank and Walt meeting in the garage in the premiere, Marie and Skylar at the White residence and now the public meeting at Garduños – along with Jesse and Walt’s meeting in the desert. Each made a point to prove the tension between its characters is far more potent than the violence – assuming no one will kill their others. Let’s look at each confrontation by themselves.
Since establishing their positions in the past two episodes, it makes sense that the four members of the White/Schrader clan would meet in a local restaurant – with table side guac that they make at the table. The White’s wearing the blandest, most conservative of beige’s while Hank and Marie donned their darkest black’s and purples as a clever play on the classic white vs. black hat heroes and villains of classic westerns. After Dean and Marie refusing the White’s request to back off because it’s all over – not to mention Marie saying she’d consider it if Walt sent himself to Belize – Walt drops the last hammer, a confession saying Hank forced him to cook meth, making full use of the sympathies granted to cancer victims.
“Breaking Bad,” is known for using even the smallest of story threads to their end though it’s use of Walt and Skylar funding Hank’s physical therapy seems to be the least likely to have been planned since Season 3. While it doesn’t help that Marie took the money, I would imagine – with an understanding of our justice system at a third-grade level – that the Schrader’s would have some level of plausible deniability. Also, if Hank was running a meth operation, wouldn’t he have the money to pay for it himself of which he would grant Walt access for this purpose?
Either way, Hank and Marie’s viewing party as both the audience and the Schrader’s learn the true nature of Walt’s “Confession” is the standout that tops both the Garduños and desert meeting. Seeing the couple’s different reactions – Marie’s terror, Hank’s Anger – is as telling about Hank’s control as much as their personality. Admittedly, Marie is still coming to terms with Hank’s true colors.
Less surprising was the re-emergence of Walt poisoning Brock at the end of season 4. In my first recap of the final eight, I incorrectly guessed that Hank’s discovery drove him to wreck the White house never seeing that their were two revelations – the other being the discovery that Walt let Jane die – that would drive Jesse into pure madness.
With Jesse dumping champagne over the White residence and Todd getting back into the meth game, it’s only a matter of time before Heisenberg has to off someone. With his confession likely putting any meetings with Hank and Marie on hold, leaving Jesse, Todd, Saul and Lydia as his only options. The peace has to come to an end sooner or later.