I sometimes wish Breaking Bad spent more time with the addicts who destroy their lives and their families with Heisenberg’s blue meth. But this week revealed the saddest, most desperate addict of them all: Walter White. As you say, Matt, Mike’s exit strategy makes sense, but addicts never take the sensible route. Apparently, Walt’s desire to be the Cecil Rhodes of the ABQ drugs scene has fried his brain.
Buyout – a brilliantly paced, versatile, and series-pushing episode has certainly ignited what’s sure to be yet another signature sequence of pulse-pounding proportions, cranked up to maximum speed for a thrill ride that doesn’t look like it’ll run out of steam anytime soon. After all, don’t we have to get all the way to New Hampshire?
As we know, things don’t get easier for Walt, but that’s what happens when you get in the empire-building business. There aren’t many emperors in history who shared the throne with anyone else, and those who reach that high on any food chain are generally surrounded by people who’d love nothing more than to take them down.
It turns out none of his past reasons were really it. Or they were, but there were always layers beneath. Peel away the cancer, peel away Skyler and the kids, peel away the need to make money, ever again, in his life; at the core—or is it the core?—there’s pride. Pride, and bitterness, and regret, and the desire to make back what he could have made had he stuck at Gray Matter: “Billions, with a B.”
With Jesse shaken up after seeing that the boy is being reported missing on the news, Walt gives him a fake pat on the back and sends him home early, only to continue working like nothing had even happened. Walt literally whistling while he works may have been a tad over the top, but at least the message was received loud and clear.
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