I know it seems like a feel good little piece of wrap up, but the evidence Gilligan provided us with just doesn't support it.
Did Pinkman ever get fingerprinted during the series? I can't recall him ever being more than just questioned and released. If he doesn't have a record or prints on file then he's safe"er". It also helps that Hank did much of his investigation outside of the department.
As to Walt's reason for going into the meth lab at the end, Gilligan gave us a huge clue with his choice of music.
Guess I got what I deserve
Kept you waiting there, too long my love
All that time, without a word
Didn't know you'd think, that I'd forget, or I'd regret
The special love I have for you
My baby blue
Last edited by RoyalSubject; September 30th, 2013 at 07:06 PM.
I was just flipping channels and stumbled across one of the early episodes on Sundance or IFC. They were in the RV and Walt was bitching at Jesse for bringing Funions for food and leaving the key in the ignition. That was their big problem - Funions and a dead battery. I was just watching and thinking about how much darkness was to come. ****ing Funions.
Man, that was some great television.
For those who say it was too much of a "happy ending" .... consider that perspective might be caused by timing.
Had Hank and Gomez been killed in the final episode and not three episodes to go... the pall that cast over the show might have been more present in your mind. What if the knife fight had happened in the final episode?
Part of why I enjoyed the ending of Breaking Bad so much was that it got to the truly bad and let us dwell in the aftermath.
Perspective can transform even the darkest moment into one at least slightly brighter and I'm happy with a Walter White who has gained perspective if not redemption.
There is no redemption for Walt. Only self awareness and through that, a peace that everyone deserves. Even the truly horrible.
I just removed Breaking Bad from my DVR series scheduler. That was oddly heartbreaking.