After receiving the remission news which only meant having to live with the consequences of his decisions, Walt descends into frailty, contemplating whether he should continue going down the path of desolation or simply quit. But the veil of ignorance soon begins to wear off as the cancer spreads to his house and eventually devours his former life.
WARNING: Spoilers from Breaking Bad Seasons 1-5 follow
THE UPSHOT (The “Fly” Effect – Part 4)*
The third piece of the premonitory visions (737 Down Over ABQ) brings yet another turning point in the story: the flashforward in 2.01 came around at the end of Walt and Jesse’s business with Tuco, the one in 2.04 marked the beginning of their short-lived exponential growth plan and this time Walt can’t function like the man he used to be anymore. In that sense, “Over” is a spiritual follow-up to “Down”; Walt’s obsession with the rot, born from his uncertainty, drives Skyler further away as his ‘desperate breakfasts’ did in 2.04. The new flashforward breadcrumb is revealed to us as Walt is given a new chance to decide how he wants to spend the rest of his time.
- We see the pink teddy bear wrapped up in an evidence bag much like the two dead bodies beside Walt’s Aztec. Now, symbolically, not considering the Wayfarer incident, these three dead bodies could metaphorically hint at the loss of Walt’s innocence and the tragedy that is to befall Jesse. The collision from “ABQ” just occurs as everything truly starts to fall apart.
- The Aztec’s broken windshield becomes a recurring element in the show, symbolically indicating how Walt’s former shell begins to disintegrate as he grows accustomed to his new identity. In fact there’s a great recent fan theory about this very notion, which says that the damages inflicted upon the RV and its windshield symbolize Walt wounding his soul. Finally in 5.04 we see how he basically sells this soul of his for $50 while only holding on to the dark part of it; the Heisenberg hat.
- Adding to the aforementioned theory, Walt ends up buying a dark, serious business-type Chrysler after selling the harmless-looking Aztec. His former car gets damaged every time he steps into the dark side, takes extreme measures or simply tramples the remainder of his dignity. The windshield breaks during the incident following his involvement in Jane’s death, Jesse throws a boulder at it in “Mas” as Walt betrays him, putting him out of the business and then in an attempt to preserve his dignity, save Jesse and perhaps gain the upper hand with Gus, Walt runs over the dealers in 3.12.
Next: “Exponential Decay…”