‘Breaking Bad’ finale provides closure, thrill and retribution

Posted on Oct 11 2013 - 4:03pm by Guest Writer

By Evan Heringer

On  Sept. 29, Walter White, aka “Heisenberg,” laid down his crystal blue crown for good.

“Breaking Bad” has turned into a media icon, captivating millions of Americans with an extremely well written plot, impeccable acting, mind-boggling cinematography and flawless directing.

Since “Breaking Bad” has received so much attention, there was a lot of talk about how the show was going to end. Millions of people, myself included, were very anxious to see if “Breaking Bad” could deliver until the very end.

Spoilers from the series finale are ahead, so take care if you haven’t seen the episode yet.

The final episode, “Felina,” did a phenomenal job of ending the series. It tied up things very nicely, leaving little room for speculation, while providing a sense of closure.

Heisenberg’s reign is over, the Neo-Nazis — Todd and Lidia — are dead, and Walt has freed himself from his family. The only thing I am left wondering is what happened to the bodyguard, Huell.

Although there are a lot of opinions regarding the ending, I am very happy with the way “Breaking Bad” concluded.

As season 5 part 2 progressed, I became increasingly angry with how things were looking for Walt’s old partner in crime, Jesse. Walt and Jesse have been partners for a long time, but since season 5, things have been quite rocky between the two.

Eventually Jesse teamed up with Hank, Walt’s brother-in-law who also happens to be a DEA agent, in hopes of capturing Walt. After Walt knew he could not reconcile with Jesse, Walt contacted one of his partners, Todd, and asked if he and his Nazi gang could get rid of Jesse.

Todd and his fellow Nazis found Jesse, but they didn’t kill him. Instead, they chained him up in a meth lab and forced him to cook. If that not enough to break your heart, they also made Jesse watch as Todd shot Andrea, Jesse’s love, in the head.

Things were not going very well for Jesse, but the final episode changed that. Jesse was able to kill Todd with his bare hands, and he was able to escape the Nazi compound with his life and without being arrested.

I was very happy with the way things went for Jesse — it’s about time the poor guy caught a break.

After the Nazis killed Hank, I was very excited to see what Walt had in store for them, although I had a feeling it had something to do with the giant machine gun in his trunk. The Nazis should have known better than to think they could just kill Heisenberg.

There was no better way to take care of them than with a robot machine gun that handyman Walt had built. Yes, it may have been a little impractical, but it made the show go out with a bang, or in this case several.

The most gratifying part of this episode was how the writers took care of Walt. After Walt flees New Mexico and is alienated by his family, he returns to share some information with Skylar, his wife. Walt finally admits that he wasn’t “doing it for the family,” he says “I did it for me.”

He also provided her with the coordinates to Hank’s body, something she could use to bargain with, and hopefully escape any charges headed her way. Although he didn’t apologize, he stopped lying for once. In the end, he finally got what he had coming.

After killing countless people, after destroying his entire families lives and after starting a meth empire, Walt ended up dying from a gunshot wound in the same place Heisenberg was born — a meth lab.

Heisenberg may be gone, but we will be saying his name for years to come.