Well that was quick. After last week’s episode, I predicted we would get a peaceful episode as Walt’s video confession forced Hank and Marie to step back from their assault on the White family. That all went out the window as Walt made a phone call to TV’s favorite murderer of the Southwest region to enlist the help of Uncle Jack one last time.
I can’t help but think this won’t go according to plan – not just because still have four hours left – but also because Vince Gilligan pulled a fast one on us by revealing that Hank put a stop Jesse lighting up Casa De White like that poor inmate’s jail cell at the midway point of this season only to conveniently get away as soon as Hank pulls into the driveway.
“Breaking Bad” has used flashbacks in the past (the origins of the RV, the White’s purchasing their home), come to mind but the show has never gone the way of Benioff and Weiss or used the technique to directly affect the way we interact with the narrative.
I don’t know about other viewers but I still get a kick out of watching Bryan Cranston play the bumbling albeit more confident version of the high school chemistry teacher regardless if he’s wishing Enrique a Feliz Cumpleaños at A1 or explaining how he had premium-unleaded egg on his face all day. At this point though, Walt Jr. is the only audience he has left, I’d imagine at some point between now and the last hour, that will change.
Skylar is wise to Walt’s show and is rightfully concerned about the family business coming to their door. In the hotel, she’s in full-apathetic Lady Macbeth mode. Hopefully the Anna Gunn / Skylar White hate has subsided because the look of apathy and indifference on her face when she brings up taking care of Jesse shows how numb she’s become in the last year.
Everyone seems to be fine with taking Jesse behind the woodshed with Saul throwing out an Old Yeller reference – I imagine he has dream journals full of these under his bed, I hope we get at least one more before the series’ end. Even Jesse seems to be ready to bring down Heisenberg even at the cost of his own life and Hank is ready to get there.