Against the hand of doom, with nothing to lose and the flames of glory burning deep, Walt goes on his final quest to preserve what he’d set out to achieve in the beginning. Is absolution in sight or was it all for nothing?
I’LL DO THE REST
Walt breaks out of the frozen shell, the fragile granite state of despair and finds the ‘key’ to his salvation. A prayer is in order, like old times when the RV wouldn’t start: “Just get me home, I’ll do the rest”, and from that point on he’s godlike. His mission is clear, “El Paso” helps color the missing spots and then nothing can stop him. But who answers his prayer? Who grants him this (un)dying wish, to make things right, or at least to take back a portion of his decency? Is it Heisenberg or did the shade fly away in “To’hajiilee”? Is it God or the Devil? Okay, so even more complicated now, because “Mr. White is the Devil” and he’s the luckiest bastard in the world. Is it the simple notion of Walt reassuring himself that he will get through this no matter how that ultimately grants him the unstoppable dedication?
The cold open is vague enough to make us hold our breaths and then again coherent enough to paint the picture of what’s down the road. We’ve seen many instances of intertwined symbolism even noticed by Walt himself (5.08) which make it seem as if he’s created a whole metaphysical grand scale through his actions; a realm based around the moral implications of ’cause and effect’. “The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed” helped craft Walt into the shattered sculpture that he’s become. Does the all-seeing teddy bear eyeball belong to the same sculptor? Or do all these symbolic indicators, including the identical paintings come from a hidden warehouse deep down Walt’s subconscious? The cyclical side of the show makes it seem as if the whole thing is predestined, which is right from a particular viewpoint, since after all, there are many flash-forwards throughout the series indicating that the outcome is always clear and inevitable, and it’s the question of “how” which drives it all.
Like the season 4 finale, Walt is one step ahead of us We know it’s going to end badly for Lydia and Uncle Jack, we know Jesse, Skyler and the rest are bound get some sort of closure, just like how Gus’s demise was pretty clear, but we don’t know how it’s going to take place. One thing’s for sure, Walt has a few miracles up his sleeve. It’s not about morality, but what he perceives to be his ‘rightful claim’. When all is said and done, does this make the finale predictable or inevitable? Conveniently plausible or logically consistent? We’re gonna find out.
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