We’ve reviewed “Confessions”, now let’s see what easter eggs and symbolism we can extract from the episode. As always, unless confirmed by those involved in making the show, via interviews, podcasts, etc, the following bits and pieces are geared towards speculation and theorizing.
DEVIL IN DISGUISE
There’s more than one confession in the episode: Walt blackmails Hank through his tape after giving the latest news on his cancer to Junior; master manipulator at his best. Marie confesses to Hank that she’d accepted Walt and Skyler’s money for his treatment and finally Saul reveals the truth about the poisoning of Brock.
- Walt’s fake confession mirrors the heartfelt, impulsive one in the pilot. Interesting to note that in both scenarios it’s definitely ’not an admission of guilt’.
- We mentioned in our review how Walt’s blackmail-confession video subconsciously implicates his alter-ego, rather than Hank or anyone else. You can basically replace most of the ‘Hanks’ with ‘Heisenberg/Walt’: Walt’s soul is hijacked by the personification of his blind ambition and hubris after the 1st diagnosis and since then has been used as a lifeless host. In fact, these are all the same justifications Walt tends to bring for all of his crimes so as to portray himself as the tragic victim. Take a look at how his confessions could be altered: “…Murdered by my alter-ego, Heisenberg” – “I was particularly vulnerable at the time, something Heisenberg knew” – “I always thought Walt was a moral man” – “Heisenberg sold me to [Fring]”
- Walt covers his bruises with make-up exactly like the way Jesse did in 1.02. Symbolically, he wears a mask when tricking Junior into staying at home.
- Note how Jesse is absolutely terrified of him as Walt approaches him. This scene brings the famous “We’ve got work to do” scene from 4.13 to mind, where Walt kills the guard in Gus’s superlab and rescues Jesse. There’s another visual moment which metaphorically brings out Walt’s dark side as he’s literally submerged in the shadows, similar to the ending sequence of 5.01.
- The scene where Walt manipulates Junior is thematically reminiscent of a similar moment in 4.10 in which Walt explains why he doesn’t want to be seen as a weak father. And here of course, he asks Junior to stay positive. Interestingly, it is that same confession in 4.10 which Junior finds the only truly sincere moment with his father since the diagnosis.
Next: “Cat’s Out of the Bag…”