Again, this contains spoilers. Read at your own peril.
So far, Breaking Bad’s final season has been a critical and cultural success. Actually saying success would be an understatement. The writers and staff of this fine show have produced one of the most spine-tingling, thrilling shows that has ever been produced, and it has fans watching the clock every Sunday waiting for the next episode. I’m completely hooked. There’s no way around it. Each and every Sunday night I am totally locked in with my eyes bulging and my jaw dropped at what has transpired in front of me.
Now, a few weeks ago I posted 5 predictions for Breaking bad season 5. So far…let’s just say I haven’t been perfect. I’d like to re-review some of these and we’ll see how it has gone so far.
- Hank doesn’t arrest Walt…right away – So this one was right for the most part. Though the writers took it in a very different way than I was expecting. They basically laid all of their cards on the table immediately, as Hank punched out Walt at the first chance he got. Unfortunately, he had no evidence, so he couldn’t get him right away.
- We haven’t seen the last of Gus – Welp. I was wrong. There’s been no mention of him or the cartel. I think this is a done deal
- Holly is going to die – Nope. The cute little baby in pink has barely had any screen time outside of the first episode. I wonder who is watching her nowadays.
- Walt’s death – Too soon to tell…though it sure looks like we’re heading that way.
- The end will not be happy – Again, too early to tell…but man is it looking grim.
So I’m basically 1 for 5. In all honesty? On a show like Breaking Bad that’s not too bad. They have taken us for so many twists and turns that I am not even trying to think ahead anymore about what might be coming up while I’m watching an episode. I’m just allowing the ride to go with me strapped in along. This past week’s episode probably left me more comatose than any other episode I’ve watched this season. Breaking Bad is able to set up an ending of an episode that could end two minutes earlier than it does. Every fan would have been in awe of last week’s ending if they would have faded to black with both parties pointing their guns at one another, anticipating if a shot would be fired. But, just like the first episode of this half season, they decided to go that extra couple of minutes to give the fans what they wanted immediately. Not many other shows would go to those lengths that quickly.
So I have three final predictions for this final season. Three things where if I go 1 for three I’ll feel pretty good.
- Hank and Gomez don’t survive the gunfight – There were about seven neo-nazis there in the desert and 2 DEA officers. Yeah I don’t like their odds. I just can’t see any way that they get out of this situation.
- The Neo-Nazis capture Jesse – From the flash forwards form the beginning of the season we see that Walt has changed his identity and grown his hair back, meaning he’s not back in the meth game. We all can tell that Todd’s uncle wants to make as much money as possible, and Jesse is second to Walt in the quality of meth production. Walt has sworn off the business and is too powerful to be coerced into cooking again. This only leaves Jesse.
- Walt goes on the run, and then comes back to avenge Hank and rescue Jesse –If we’ve seen one thing from Walt this season, it’s his loyalty to family. He was in handcuffs, giving up his life’s savings for his family while being arrested by his brother in law. He didn’t want his hit men to kill Hank, even if that meant he went to jail. Nevertheless, Neo-Nazis don’t take no for an answer, and Hank will need to be avenged upon his death.
Sometimes this feels like a pointless endeavor, trying to predict the amazing things that Breaking Bad will bring us. I have never been more excited for the last few episodes of a series. I really feel that based on the first five episodes of this season, there isn’t a chance that this series finale will disappoint. In all seriousness: viewing party at my house! Email me for directions. It’s that epic.