Previously: “Felina” Observations Part 1
Callbacks, similarities and other bits
- As mentioned in the final Insider Podcast the school bus brings a similar patrolling scene from the pilot to mind. Also notice the flames masking the background in 5.16, 1.01 and 5.15. And of course, the gas mask, one of the show’s enduring icons, brings Walt and us , the audience, sad and fond memories:
- Real sirens heard in the background as Walt collapses, unlike the fake ones at the end of the pilot.
- No paper in hand:
- Besides mastering the man’s skills, Walt also channels Mike’s demeanor: “Goodbye, Lydia.” vs. Mike: “Goodbye, Walter.” (5.07)
- “Elliott, if we’re gonna go that way, you’ll need a bigger knife.”
- Lydia going full Heisenberg while mistaking Walt for Todd over the phone: “Is it done?” – Jack: “It’s done.” (5.08).
- Two neurotic creatures of habit!
- As mentioned in our review, after failed attempts in using the ricin to poison Tuco and Gus (and even Lydia), it’s finally used on Walt and Jesse’s last intimidating employer, Lydia.
- Payback time:
- “Then suddenly you’ll hear the scrape of a footstep behind you but before you can even turn around…pop! Darkness.” – In a way Walt condemns his old partners to facing the same demons he battled for the last two years, particularly the symbolic notion of cancer: “Every life comes with a death sentence. So every few months I come in here for my regular scan knowing full well that one of these times, hell, maybe even today I’m gonna hear some bad news. But until then who’s in charge?”
- “I guess we shake on it”…grudgingly.
- Gretchen: “If you wanna give your kids drug money, go do it yourself!” – Walt: “I want this…”, Jesse: “Then do it yourself!”
- For a moment it seemed Jesse was about to run over Walt, as with the yellow RC car in 5.10 which luckily didn’t get smashed as the red one in 2.01:
- “Are we looking east?” – far-fetched, but fitting the aforementioned religious visual/thematic symbolism in the episode.
- Walt’s last stand:
- Another parallel between the two ‘miraculous’ finales: Walt to Skyler: “It’s over.” (4.13 / 5.16)
- Gretchen says to Elliott: “Are you the man I married?” jokingly but then again with Walt lurking around the corner it’s hard not to be reminded of the opening flashback in 1.03.
Next: Visual Motifs…