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OK. No need for the summary, I don’t think. We all watched the episode.

Again, I start with my first thought of “HOLY SHIT”. I guess I begin with the major happenings and then circle back to the more nuanced things. So Todd and his neo-nazi crew, armed with everything from handguns to assault weapons, are having an all out war with Hank and Gomez (armed only with a handgun and a shotgun) in the desert. Honestly, I don’t see how those two make it out alive. I really don’t. I think Jesse will sneak out and run, but Hank and Gomez are pinned and there’s nowhere for them to go. So, here’s an early RIP to Hank and Gomez. One thing I can say is that everyone’s handgun has like 47 rounds and everyone is an awful shot. I was like an old episode of the GI Joe cartoon where nobody ever got shot (oh…I shot down his plane, but he ejected safely). Methinks the DEA needs to utilize the gun range more often.

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I knew from the tone of that call to Marie that Hank was in trouble. That’s the way of the show coupled with my own weird “you jinxed it” mentality.

Finally, Walt gets outsmarted and isn’t in total control of a situation, and he gets bailed out. I don’t know if I am happy or sad about this. Either way, Walt’s empire is over. If he survives this whole situation, he needs to figure out how to go back to being the old meek and mild Walt, because his days of empire building are over.

Last episode, Jesse said he was going to hit Walt where he really lives. We find out that Jesse really meant Walt’s money, but Walt thought he meant his family. It shows the stark contrast of who Walt thinks he is versus who he really is. As Walt speeds to the site where the money is buried, he pleads that the money is for his children as he’s as good as gone from his cancer. However, it’s pretty clear to see that not only is Walt greedy, but the money is the last bastion of his once huge empire. Once the money is gone, so is any bit of power and control Walt has ever known in his whole life. He can’t and won’t let that happen.

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So what happens from here. Only 3 episodes left. Here’s the different ways I think it could go:
1) Uncle Jack’s guys kill Hank and Gomez and Jesse. Walt has to do the cook for them and then he’s out. Likelihood? Slim. If this was the last episode or even second to last episode…maybe. But there’s too many episodes left for that to happen.

2) Hank and Gomez are able to make it out alive. Likelihood? Slim. If Hank or Gomez lives, Walt has already been arrested. He’ll just need to be locked up again. Very anti-climatic. It’s just a foregone conclusion and Vince Gilligan has shown that isn’t his speed.

3) Uncle Jack’s guys kill Hank and Gomez, Jesse escapes. Uncle Jack takes control of the business leaving Walt and Jesse to have their final showdown. Likelihood? Pretty likely. It forgoes the Walt arrest angle and it pits the show’s star versus the show’s favorite character. It would be like a Rick versus Darryl in The Walking Dead. It’s perfect.

So that is where I think the show is going. Gomez and Hank will die leaving only Marie knowing both Hank’s current location and Walt’s guilt. Jesse will escape out into the desert. Walt will really know that he has an enemy in Jesse the rat. And the last 3 episodes pit them against each other. Ultimately, who is the smartest? Saul hinted at this when he told Walt not to underestimate Jesse.


(Behind the scenes of the final shootout from AMC)

So let’s run through quickly some of the more nuanced things:
1) Did anyone else notice when Walt peeked out of the blinds, it looked like prison bars?
2) The way Brock looked at Walt, Brock knows who poisoned him. Will this come back to haunt Walt?
3) There’s a specific shot of Gomez picking up Walt’s car keys in the desert. Breaking Bad does not have shots for no reason. What could this mean? Implications?
4) To’hajilee is an Indian reservation in New Mexico.
5) Saul Goodman is the best character on the show. “Don’t drink and drive, but if you do…call me”. Amazing.
6) Todd’s ringtone is Thomas Dolby’s “She blinded me with science”. Is that comic relief or will that come back to mean something?
7) My favorite image from the whole episode is Saul talking while there’s a billboard of Saul pointing at Saul.
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One last thing to end this episode of Breaking Down Breaking Bad is this great montage of Jesse throughout the years:

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