You may notice that I have skipped an episode in my recaps. I apologize but sometimes life get’s in the way. I touch on “Granite State,” but this is firmly a recap of the finale.
It’s over and it ended pretty much how we knew it would. “Friday Night Lights,” – another one of my pantheon shows – did the same. This brings up a larger issue with finales, particularly drama’s. Very rarely are the final stories, whether they’re presented in the first episode or the last thirty minutes they are rarely as satisfying as the rest of the show. This is tough when audiences put everything into what’s one piece of the entire show – something that makes our world of recaps all the more trivial.
Breaking Bad has always been the best type of show in that it only gave audiences what they wanted if it coincided with where Gilligan and crew were going in the same direction. Without that mentality, episodes like “Ozymandis” or “Granite State,” wouldn’t be two of the season’s – and series’ – stand-outs.
The only two moments from the Vince Gilligan directed finale, the first being Walt’s visit to the Schwartz residence, which after last week’s episode I didn’t think was in the cards since it also had the final Saul scene of the series. The other twist was the Ricin going to Lydia. I never completely understood audience dislike for Ms. Rodarte-Quayle. I get that she’s a cold, “Type-A,” but I never found her to be the problem of the operation but with the way the episode ended, all loose ends had to go if
Hank Walt ywanted the blue empire to stop with him.
Other loose ends last night included Todd who, until he pulled the trigger on Andrea last week, I was certain would end up next to Ted in the physical therapy clinic. Again, this finale was all about making us as comfortable as possible – with the exception of the laser pointer show at the Schwartz’s – after being extremely uncomfortable throughout the season, particularly in “Ozymandis.” Once the Schwartz’s were revealed to be safe and sound, it was clear that Walt was only seeking harm on the only people more evil than him.
This is the biggest issue I have had with this season. The villains of this final season used artificial characterization that didn’t live up to The Twins, Gus or even Hank who was much a more effective adviserry. Credit goes to Jesse Plemmons though, who has nearly out-shined his “Friday Night Lights,” roots. After the penultimate episode, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him in The Purge sequel as the main home invader.
Ultimately, last night’s finale is merely a less meaningful piece than that of the final season which is a hell of an achievement. Like when any of my favorite shows end, I’m looking forward to going back and re-watching the entire show to see how it holds up as a whole, especially in knowing the end game. For a show that is pure plot, but has seemingly done it better than any other drama. Regardless how that happens this was an epic journey that’s fitting as being one of the last golden age shows on the air.