One of the best and addictive television cooks of our time? From powerhouse performances to standout cinematography, the show had it all to keep us hooked till the end
The multiple award-winning show Breaking Bad has unleashed a storm in the world since its release back in 2008. The bloody and brutal twists and turns of this American crime drama kept us on the edge of our seats for all the five seasons. Before we get into the final episode, let’s break down why it’s one of the best television shows out there…
The insane plot turns of the show were so well executed that one doesn’t do anything but to binge-watch the show in one go. So addictive and pure, that we cannot help ourselves but take another dose of it. Sound familiar?
- So what really happens in the finale episode ‘Felina’?
- But the question we can ponder upon is, was Walt good or bad?
The story is dark. It’s hard-hitting. And doesn’t pretend to be anything else than what it is. So what makes its violence and bleakness so watchable? The hypnotic effect of its powerful characters such as Walt and Jesse lure us into the world that is far removed from our mundane reality. Their world is raw in all the bad ways that fascinate us beyond comprehension.
The journey of Walt from a chemistry high school teacher with lung cancer to ‘Heisenberg’ who has built an empire of the drug trade, it is nothing short of thrilling. And so is the intense narrative, setting, cinematography, dark humor, and many other things that have made the show well deserving of the awards and recognition it has received so far.
So what really happens in the finale episode ‘Felina’?
The ending of it is very clear unlike the mysterious beginning of the show. And yet, it still leaves a lot to wonder…
We can say that Walter White wins in the end. From making sure that his family continues to receive his illegal money from Gretchen and Elliott’s charitable fund to killing people who stole his blue meth ‘recipe’, Walt wins in many ways. He also saves Jesse who he’s been the most bonded to throughout the show and looks at his baby daughter one last time who is safe and sound. Even his death was in his own control – neither cancer nor the police could put an end to the kingpin.
So his character arc comes full circle.
But the question we can ponder upon is, was Walt good or bad?
He lied to himself, his family, and his audience throughout the show until the truth had to reveal itself…
Over the course of the show, did you find yourself taking a liking to the character by feeling a bit of pity or hating him for his actions? It could be either, or a bit of both—
“Walt lied to himself for so long that he believed his own lies for most of the show. He lied to the audience, too. How much you want to believe that Walt was a good man is dependent on how much you want to believe his lies. Was he a good man who “broke bad,” or was he always a twisted monster who finally got the excuse to behave like Scarface? We’re leaning toward the latter,” reports a writer from Looper.
His lies come to an end along with the show. Walt certainly wasn’t doing it all ‘for his family’ when he had several chances to give up on the drug trade and choose a more moral opportunity such as the one offered by Gretchen and Elliott. It was about power and pride all along.
But was he a good man turned bad? Definitely not as from the beginning, we are clued in to the dark sides of Walt – from his lies to his manipulations to get what he wanted. It’s also worth noting how he enters the meth lab and smiles. The real reason for his true happiness and something that kept him going was his creation of the meth over the family.
But what does the creator of Breaking Bad himself has to say about the ending? According to his interview with EW, Vince Gilligan says— “He’s just too far down the road to damnation. But at least he takes a few steps along that path. And I think more importantly for him than that is the fact that he accomplishes what he set out to accomplish way back in the first episode: He leaves his family just a ton of money.
Of course, Walt for years now has been looking through the wrong end of the telescope. … For years now, he thought if he makes his family financially sound — that’s really all he has to do as a man, as a provider, and as a father. They’re going to walk away with just shy of 10 million in cash, because of Walt’s machinations with Gretchen (Jessica Hecht) and Elliott (Adam Godley).
But on the other hand, the family emotionally is scarred forever. So it’s a real mixed message at the end. Walt has failed on so many levels, but he has managed to do the one thing he set out to do, which is a victory. He has managed to make his family financially sound in his absence, and that was really the only thing he set out to do in that first episode. So, mission accomplished.”
Mission accomplished, indeed.