Monday morning was rough. Usually, I spend Mondays reading recaps (the best come from Andy Greenwald), & analyzing plot points to try to figure out what will happen next. Not this Monday.
Never again will I have to wonder what Walter’s plotting, or if next week we’ll be dealing with Walt Jr. or Flynn. It’s over.
**At this point, I feel obligated to warn you with a SPOILER ALERT. Please don’t read on if you haven’t finished Breaking Bad.**
This week the internet is flooded with interpretations & theories about the end of Breaking Bad. Emily Nussbaum of the New Yorker makes an interesting case that the entire finale may have occurred in a post-mortem fantasy of Walter White’s. While her argument is strong, I have a hard time believing Vince Gilligan would bring something so methodical to a halt through a dream.
Others were disappointed by the cleanliness & convenience of Walter White’s demise & felt it seemed “too easy.” I do agree that everything wrapped up nicely, but we weren’t looking for a messy ending full of unanswered questions. No matter how awful Walter White became, a part of us, as the audience, still wanted to see him “win” a little. The ending, as promised, was unapologetic & satisfying. Our antihero ended up on top (at least in his mind) and the crowd favorite, Jesse Pinkman, was finally set free.
I, for one, am glad to see the series end without loose ends, & am satisfied with this conclusion of the best drama series our generation will ever know. In the words of Patton Oswalt, it was a 100% pure cook.
If you’re still unsure how to feel about the finale of Breaking Bad, check out these alternate endings Vince Gilligan & the writing staff considered. It definitely could’ve been worse.