Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!
Everything that I predicted would happen in my last post happened. Hank figures out Walt is Heisenberg, the evil drug lord he’s been seeking. Hank’s implosion takes up most of the episode and he doesn’t quite know how to handle it, to put it VERY mildly. He punches Walt out in a tremendously impactful finale moment in his garage. The coming down of a closing garage door in the background at this moment is spectacularly simple and spectacularly ominous as it symbolizes that the lights are going to go out on Walt’s world.
Dean Norris as Hank is at his absolute best ever in this episode. He’s verging on a heart attack and absolutely losing his mind over the revelation that Walt is Heisenberg. Hank also senses that Skyler, Walt’s wife(Anna Gunn) is somehow in a this too. And she is. But he has no idea how much.
And Walt tells him that all his “theories” are “ridiculous” and that he can’t prove a thing. Walter tells him that he “will never spend a day in a jail cell” and “if he wants to pursue this”, he’d better “tread lightly”
I love the emphasis multiple Emmy winner Bryan Cranston gave to the words “TRED LIGHTLY.” He was threatened Hank as much as Hank was threatening him. Brilliant scene brilliantly played.
Jesse, (two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul) is losing it, too. He’s incredibly depressed because of the death of the young boy who got shot at the site of the train heist. Nothing Walt can do or say can seem to snap him out of it. The writers are going out of their way, it seems, to make Jesse sympathetic, as his curtain is ringing down, too. He wants to give away all his money to the grand-daughter of the late Mike, who he doesn’t know, but senses, is dead.
And Walt, as we the audience know, killed Mike in the last episode of the last season. But Walt is lying his head off to Jesse that Mike is still alive. And Jesse only half believes him. With good reason.
In a memorable moment, he gives away a huge chunk of cash to a rather reluctant homeless man, who just wants some change, not a gigantic wad of bills.
Jesse then continues on his mid-night ride through poor neighborhoods just throwing neatly wrapped stacks of bills on the front lawns of all the houses, some landing in the bushes, some actually going down a drain.
Skyler meanwhile comes full circle to Lady Macbeth. Period. She has a chilling confrontation scene with Lydia, the Madrigal corporate exec, who comes to their car-wash, she is so desperate to talk to Walt about the decline in quality of the meth she’s getting…
He keeps saying that he’s “out of it. I’m done.”
AND his cancer has come back. And he’s undergoing chemo again. And he tells Hank this is their big final confrontation scene. “My cancer has come back. I’ll be dead in a few months.”
Also we see at the beginning of the show, in a teaser before the opening credits, that the White’s House has been abandoned and boarded up. Walt is there to retrieve the Rycin he hid earlier in a wall socket, and there’s graffiti everywhere saying “Heisenberg” in BIG LETTERS all over the front living room wall. And there’s a gate and barbed wire encircling the property and the local kids are using the drained swimming pool as a skate-boarding rink. And a startled woman neighbor sees Walt and drops all her groceries which consist seemingly of nothing but oranges, as Walt says a cheery “Hello Carol.”
“Hello, Carol” and “Tred lightly” both lines of Walt’s delivered by Bryan Cranston, who is on his way to his fourth, or is it fifth(?) Emmy, I’m soooo sure.
I watched this online at http://www.amctv.com, on Monday night, because I don’t get AMC on my cable. But I’m glad I caught up with it. Thrilled actually. And the series-long confrontation between Walt and Hank in the garage was only about five minutes long, but WHAT AN ENDING for this episode!