CAREFUL! This post contains spoilers.
On Saturday the 28th, the BBC listed the then-upcoming Breaking Bad series finale as the TV’s top 10 endings.
The creator and director of the series, Vince Gilligan, declared in an interview that he didn’t have the slightest idea on how to end the series until two months before shooting the last episode.
My boss doesn’t know this yet, but today I was late for work because I decided that I had to watch the finale before I could open any social media (and do my job).
Now I’m sitting at my desk and I can’t decide whether I’m satisfied with the finale or not.
Walter dies. That’s what we expected from the beginning: a man with lung cancer has to die. Sooner or later it just had to happen.
Jesse lives. This was not so expected, but maybe we could have guessed it.
I can’t deny it was a nice wrap-up, it puts a full stop to a series that was ready to end.
Am I satisfied? I don’t know.
This is how I wanted it to end: Walt realises he did many mistakes and tries to fix them. Jesse is finally able to take his little revenge by not shooting Walter when he asks for it. Skyler is the usual cold distant bitch who is also still a bit in love with Walt. Flynn is just a figure that walks home without noticing his father.
Right at the beginning of the show ABC showed the hashtag to use on Twitter: #GoodbyeBreakingBad.
It was not a proper finale, it was a goodbye episode.
It happened with Friends and with Private Practice before than with Breaking Bad.
Sometimes the author decides to wrap up the story as if it was a goodbye.
We’re sure Todd will not hurt Holly, that no one will produce blue meth any more, that Jesse is hurt but able to smile and embrace life.
For once in this season Walter takes care of all the mess he created over the years. He leaves the scene in solitude, after killing people, releasing Jesse, and telling his wife that what he did was never for the family, even though it was.
Walter is no longer Heisenberg, he redeems himself and fixes in the best way possible his mistakes.
He becomes the “father” of all us, the viewers of the drama. He reassures us that things fell into pieces, mechanisms broke, and people died, but we can go to bed with a light heart, because everything’s fine.
Just like in many Hollywood movies, the WASP ideology comes back: you can be the modern incarnation of Scarface, you can be a killer, a meth cook, a drug entrepreneur, but if in the end you redeem yourself and do a good action, then everyone’s OK with it.
Walter’s death was the ultimate act of redemption.
Hated by his family, he killed his brother-in-law and best friend.
Have to say it… after this, I think I liked it.
For all Breaking Bad virgins, enjoy this 5-seasons recap (it doesn’t include the second part of season 5, so that you can still enjoy it if you like!)