Breaking Bad Review: Felina

Abhijeet Singh ’15

After 6 years, it’s finally over. The intense, unpredictable, dynamic, and heart-stopping journey of Walter White has come to a close. Considering that the story of Breaking Bad has been built up so well, and that many series’ finales often disappoint and fail to close all plotlines in a satisfactory way (take the finale of Dexter last week), ending such a stellar show properly seems a difficult if not impossible task. Well, people will be glad to know that Vince Gilligan has once again done the impossible, and that this is a powerful and satisfying ending to the show that we all know and love.

The episode begins with an encounter between Walt and Gretchen and his wife Elliot, two characters who were more prominent in the show’s beginning. Due to this, the meeting between these characters not only develops the plot line, but shows the show going full circle. Walt, in one of his final acts of altruism, convinces the couple to keep his money and give it to Walt Jr. when he is of age, and does so through an act of deceptive intimidation that reminds us why we both love and hate the character so much.

Next, Walt finds himself interrupting a business discussion between Todd and Lydia— just when it seems Walt is powerless and that his request to strike a deal has proved fruitless, the audience sees once again his masterful end goal: he is actually ensuring the end of the remnants of his business by poisoning Lydia. Walt’s next move, and perhaps the most important to him personally, is his final visit to Skylar. Perhaps the most crucial part of this visit, besides seeing off his children and giving Hank’s burial location, is his confession to Skylar. Walt admits that he has not done any of this for the family, but for himself. He enjoyed being powerful, in control, and as he concisely put it, “good” at something. His drug empire was like his third child, and he viewed it as his greatest achievement, something that made him notorious and a force to be reckoned with. As a part of the final episode of Breaking Bad, this statement was one that truly seemed to show people who Walt really was.

Finally, Walt made his last and greatest visit—- he came to the Neo-Nazis to finish what he started. While Walt seems powerless at first, at the mercy of the pull of a trigger, his evil ingenuity comes into play— he kills them all, and in doing so finishes his meth business, and frees Jessie, a positive goodbye to a polarizing relationship. When Walt dies shortly afterwards from bullet shrapnel, he does so in the very place where we was reborn—- a meth lab, the home of Heisenburg. In the wake of his endless trail of devastation, suffering, and death, a limited amount of redemption is to be found.

Felina was the perfect sendoff for Walter White’s journey, and provided closure for not only his plotline but that of several other crucial characters, and in doing so properly ends one of the greatest television shows of all time.

Edsman Rating: A

 

2 responses to “Breaking Bad Review: Felina

  1. “When Walt dies shortly afterwards from bullet shrapnel, he does so in the very place where we was reborn—- a meth lab, the home of Heisenburg.”

    Damn, didn’t think about that. Well written review. Also, this was such a good finale after Dexter and the Sopranos ruined us. You should do The Walking Dead or American Horror Story: Coven next.

    -Greg the Redditor

  2. This design is spectacular! You obviousy know howw to keep
    a reader amused. Between your witt and your videos, I was almost moved
    to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s