ME ALONE, NOBODY ELSE!
First things first; Walt needs to restore his dignity by getting back at Gray Matter. We still don’t know whether it was their fault that Walt was deprived of the glory or he himself walked away because he didn’t feel he’d fit right, and you know what? It doesn’t matter; Walt is still deluded, he thinks the world owes him a great deal and blames Elliott and Gretchen for the years of humility and underachievement. But it’s not about who’s right or wrong, it’s shady, morality-wise as Badger and Skinny Pete perfectly put it. We’re supposed to see things through Walt’s eyes, because he’s our protagonist. To him, Elliott and Gretchen are the ones who stole his life’s work and added to their millions. And now they have the chance to make it right by giving Walt’s family what rightfully would have been theirs had he stayed in Gray Matter. He might still be deluded but at least he’s not lying to himself about that particular delusion, not using anymore lousy excuses. He knows what he wants, what he deserves whether punishment or not, and has accepted the things he’s done, for better or worse. It is what it is.
The trespassing scene plays out brilliantly like every good horror flick. Walt walks among shadows, confident as a messiah, swift as an assassin (another trait he inherited from Mike, I guess). The Gray Matter buyout was the major cause of Walt’s spiritual cancer, it was what started it all in may ways. So fittingly, he had to pay them a visit first. Yes, it was probably predictable that they’d somehow be involved in the finale, but most of us weren’t sure what Walt had in store for them. That’s the beauty of the show. This fully transformed Walt is different from the previous versions, in that he’s no longer wearing the mask of a decent man, but instead using the dark, bitter and horrible monster he’s become (as implied in Gretchen’s words from 5.15) to his own advantage, to settle things with the people whom in his opinion deserve to be intimidated in such a way. Ironically, it’s Gray Matter which will technically be paying for Junior’s education after all, like how through the lies Walt fed Skyler, they were supposedly covering his medical bills back in early Season 2. But this time they’re forced to use only Walt’s drug money and not take a single dime from the empire they built upon Walt’s blood and tears. A fitting resolution.
After reclaiming his honor, it’s time to burn his blue meth empire to ashes. After all, if he isn’t the one sitting on the throne, why should Lydia? Hence the untraceable solution is finally administered. Again, it was inevitable that Lydia would somehow pay the price, but we didn’t know how. It’s fitting that after failed attempts to use the ricin on Tuco, Gus and Lydia herself, it’s finally used on Walt’s final intimidating employer, which of course happens to be her again. The restaurant scene perfectly mixes tension with humor in regular Breaking Bad fashion as Walt once again appears out of nowhere, like the angel of death. It’s funny how Santa-Devil is now carrying God’s deed, in a sense! Is the God complex still there?
Interesting that in at least three major scenes in the episode Walt’s hiding in plain sight, as if he’s symbolically no longer part of the operation but the overseer who casually breaks in to alter the events. In a way, having come true to himself, he’s no longer affected by the laws of the oppressive force of fate present in the show, no longer carried away by the chain reaction he set in motion two years ago (the one he surrendered to in “Fly”). He’s become an outside force, an all-seeing deity, the remaining King of his metaphorical chessboard, a shadow of his former self. He’s living to die free… the ghost of Walter White. After all, Gretchen herself said it: The sweet, kind, brilliant man that they once knew long ago, is gone.
Next: Alive And Awake…