NOTES: There have been a couple of nice nods to the thriller/horror genre in some recent episodes. The shot with the knife block and the phone in the foreground in Oxymandias. The knife fight in Oxymandias. In this finale, the shot with Walt theatrically closing the front doors in the background while Elliott and Gretchen are in the other room completely oblivious. I half expected to see Jack Nicholson when he turned around, and then he delivered this line: “Elliott, if

It’s fascinating to watch Walt now play at being Heisenberg. You watch Saul back away from him as he’s threatening him to comply and GIVE HIM SOME HIT MEN, DAMNIT, but Saul’s fear is more of the “This dude’s a complete nutter, and I’d like to get away from him before he goes off the deep end,” vein. The fire of vengeance makes him pretty threatening, of course, but it’s not the same. At least until the end of the

Walt told Jesse about Jane. I thought we were going to have the full redemption arc with Jesse included, and then he goes and tells Jesse that he could have saved Jane but instead watched her die. He did it solely to crush Jesse and let that knowledge eat at him while he is interrogated by Todd and co. and eventually killed by them. No mercy whatsoever. The depth of Jesse’s betrayal stung him that much. It’s awfully hard to

It looks like Todd might be crushing on Lydia, and since he can’t yet cook her that sweet blue meth she’s been trying to successfully deliver to the Czech market since Walt ditched the biz, he tries to make it up to her by making her a cup of her tea to her specifications. Something tells me that nothing is ever quite up to Lydia’s specifications, but tea isn’t what she wants Todd to focus on. The whole bit where

NOTE: Spoilers Below Fascinating. Skyler says they’ll need to put Jesse down to ensure that their family will be safe. And after seeing her game face in handling the Ted Beneke situation, I wasn’t surprised to see her jump to that conclusion so quickly. Walt’s reaction to this and to Saul’s identical suggestion is curious. He’s vehemently opposed, but I don’t think it’s so much because he cares about Jesse and is trying to protect him. I think that version

It’s great that Vince Gilligan is showing us the key scenes in their entirety now that we are in the end game. I’m glad we got to see the two gunslingers face off at Hank’s garage with their cell phone guns. Hank’s clearly got the faster trigger finger. That Walt didn’t immediately know that Hank was on the other line with Skyler shows that he continues to underestimate his adversaries. Hank and Skyler’s meeting was interesting. He didn’t understand how