Spoiler alert, there will be spoiler alert’s in this post. I just finished watching the series finale of Breaking Bad and I’m going through so many emotions right now. I think Vince Gilligan did an excellent job of ending the show on the kind of note we’ve come to expect from Breaking Bad. Within seconds you feel jubilant for Jesse and heartbroken for Walt. Two distinct feelings even though they both, ultimately had the same fate. They escaped from their suffering.
Walt managed to undo the pretty much all of the things that made him seem dickish at the beginning of these last eight episodes. Tonight you really got to see that he was just falling further and further down the rabbit hole and at a certain time his choices were being made for him not the other way around.
That scene where it shows Jesse looking so at peace and happy making that wooden box was just heartbreaking. I hadn’t even remembered at first that at one point Jesse said he’d never been as happy as when he made a little chest in wood shop in high school…then he traded it for weed. I swear you could go back and watch the entire series a dozen times and probably find new subtext and new connections each time.
Nothing in that final episode felt phony or rushed, everything felt like Vince Gilligan sat down five years ago and planned out to the minute exactly how much time he would need to make everything in this show play out just right. When you see Walt walking through that lab at the end, knowing what’s about to happen and realizing just how connected you’ve become to that character over the past five years it felt like art should. Amazing.
I’m certainly going to miss the show but the fact that it didn’t linger on for years and years just to make a buck is one of the things that, for me, made it such a great show. It never sacrificed it’s original intent. There was a definite plot arc and the show never varied from it. It’s not often that you get to see a television show have such an impact. I think we’re lucky to have been a part of the telling of the story of Walter White, family man.