With the rumors going around about how Jesse handled the breakage, followed by the false reputation, Walt is blinded by his growing ambition and his illusion of authority and decides to expand their business territory to the point of stepping into rival gang turfs. Meanwhile, Hank witnesses the possible repercussions of such risky plans when the El Paso incident proves that nobody can escape the fury of Cartel.
WARNING: Spoilers from Breaking Bad Seasons 1-5 follow
EXPONENTIAL GROWTH (Explosive decomposition – Part 2)
We see hints of the extremes Walt would go to satisfy his greed in the prophetic “ballad of Heisenberg”, as it foreshadows the consequences of Heisenberg’s lust for power which happens to be the main theme of the season: Chickens coming home to roost.
- The lyrics could be about the current popularity of Heisenberg’s blue meth or how in the future it really becomes international thanks to the deal with Lydia in 5.08. It’s a premonition nonetheless, on Walt’s growing infamy as a menacing drug lord, a crime world legend who’s mostly remained a mystery… or in his own eyes, as an awakened scientist/messiah (!) on the way to build his empire. The path he’s taken only leads to destruction and decay. We’ve seen shots of Walt and Jesse ‘s figurative destiny paths throughout the show. The video foreshadows the inevitable repercussions of getting involved with the cartel by showing Heisenberg walking down this path, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind; in the future we see numerous people getting killed through this journey, such as Gale, Mike, Gus, Tomas etc.. Moreover we see once again the meth lab seizure images that partly triggered Walt’s awakening on his 50th birthday:
- Shots of Heisenberg walking down the desert in his iconic black costume come to life in “Full measures”:
- “But that homie’s dead, he just doesn’t know it yet.” – We’ve talked about how from time to time Walt symbolically dies or abandons his former life stage (molts!). Here we see a vision of Heisenberg lying unconscious, resembling a shot from the pilot where Walt collapses in the carwash, before the cancer diagnosis. In a way, Walt’s coffin was pretty much sealed from the moment he stepped into a new life. Moreover we see the iconic shot of his porkpie hat being tossed into the air, resembling the shot showing his pants in midair in the pilot, indicating his lack of authority and control over his two marginally separate identities.