Take a deep breath because you probably held yours for most of "To'hajiilee." Make no mistake, Breaking Bad is going out with a bang.
The cat and mouse game continued between Walter and Jesse, as the former meth king turned car wash owner called Todd and his violent Neo-Nazi pals to take care of the ex-partner.
Finally, the link between Todd cooking the meth for crazy Lydia (she's so shifty) and bringing Walter back into the fold was revealed as the payment for offing Jesse. One more cook to bring back the blue meth for a dead pal. But painless, because Jesse is family, of course. And you get rid of your family when you can't reason with them, obviously.
Once again, Walter showed his dark side in going to Andrea and Brock to flush Jesse out. I loved how sinister and commanding he can be when dishing out orders to the hitmen... while pretending to care about Jesse's well-being to Andrea.
It's such a contrast from those fleeting moments of real care and concern for family that we got to see again with Walter watching Skyler help Walter Jr. at the car wash.
And it was hilarious having Walter Jr. not only question why they have to say "Have an A1 day," but grinning with star struck eyes at Saul Goodman and then excitedly telling him to have that A1 day. He really is the last good, most innocent person on this show, and it makes me wonder if he will ever find out about his father's other life. And if so, how he would even deal with that?!?
Either way, it was great to see the tables flipped on Walter, as Jesse, Hank and Gomez came up with the brilliant plan to fool Walter into thinking they had his money. Poor Huell, duped by the old brains on the floor gag.
The tension was brilliantly ratcheted up a notch with Walter driving like he was auditioning for Fast & Furious, desperately calling out to Jesse not to burn his money (now, did he really care that the money was for his family or like Hank said, simply greedy? Was it about family or legacy?), doing all he could to stay on the line as his former friend called him a bitch. Over and over and over again.
Not to mention the fantastic look on Walter's face when he realized that not only was he tricked, but Jesse, Hank and Gomez were right behind him. Game over, Walter.
It was great to see them all together, Walter call Jesse a coward, Jesse spit on Walter (sorry, Mr. White) and Hank finally get his man. And all in the place where Jesse and Walter made their first cook together, no less.
But for a series like this, there was no way happy endings and victory for the "good guys" was going to be that simple.
I was so nervous as Hank called Marie to tell him he captured Walt and he loved her. I had a feeling - and still do - that those beautiful three words would be his final ones to is wife.
Those concluding moments of the standoff were pure nail-biting tension.
And it was good to see that even with Walter having descended into the man willing to kill others and even those closest to him, he still desperately tried to call off Todd and his crew from firing on Hank, Gomez and Jesse. There's still a some heart, some concern, even if the deaths mean he goes free.
I really don't think he wants his brother-in-law's death on his hands.
Of course, Breaking Bad had to cut to credits right in the midst of the blazing gunfight, Walter scrambling to avoid bullets and Jesse trying to get away. What a tease of ending that has me dying to know the outcome (one I'm sure is not going to end well).
Breaking Bad continues to prove just how great a show it is. Now, time to breathe, until next week at least.
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: Breaking Bad, Reviews
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