Breaking Bad: ‘Felina’ Episode Review

Goodbye, old friend.

A genius plot from start to finish, ‘Felina’ began with Walt escaping New Hampshire, returning to New Mexico and sleuthing his way into the whereabouts of his former Gray Matter partners, Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz.

With everything to prove, he sneaks his way onto their property, taking his time to analyse photos and memoirs before scaring the living shit out of the couple. Unveiling what’s left of his millions, he manipulates them into transferring the cash into his son’s bank account on his 18th birthday, threatening to have them bumped off by Hitmen, should they not fulfil this last wish.

Hilariously, the two hitmen that were supposedly locked on to the Schwartz’ positions turn out to be none-other than Badger and Skinny Pete. This was an effective little nod to how both characters have left their comedic mark on the show, whilst reminding us how integral they’ve been to both Walt and Jesse; they will be missed.

With rumours that Walt has surfaced in New Mexico, Marie calls Skyler to warn her of his presence in the area, only to get off the phone with Walt standing right there in the room with her. The cinematography here, is simply outstanding. Every shot resonates with the performance and the couple’s surroundings reflect just how far the White family has fallen after five seasons of phenomenal storytelling.

Skyler is finally given what she’s probably deserved since the beginning – the truth from her husband. “I did it for me”, are the most honest words Walt has spoken to his dishevelled, gaunt wife in months. It was a sad, almost harrowing apology, the weight slipping off of Walt, Skyler and the audience’s shoulders. This was definitely the point where I realised the show was ending; no more lies.

After his emotional goodbyes to his wife and daughter, Walt looks on as Walt Jr returns home, knowing his son wants him dead, he can only watch as he silently bids farewell to his family.

The last act in ‘Felina’s play was Walt paying Jack’s Nazi’s one last visit; the last loose end to tie up. We finally see the M60 come into play, along with a automated targeting system, making it pretty clear what his intentions are. It was here, where things were coming together a little too perfectly. But to see Walt obliterate nearly every single one of ’em was just, awesome. Going back to Season One, in Tuco’s apartment when Heisenberg was born (arguably, the baddest moment in Breaking Bad), I felt as though we were seeing that Heisenberg once more, exacting his vengeance by blowing Jack’s head off (much like how Jack killed Hank) despite his offer of telling him where his millions were stashed. His phonecall to a very sick, well, poisoned Lydia was also very cruel and chilling but it serves her right drinking that abomination of a beverage.

As little time as Jesse had on screen, it was incredibly satisfying to see him choke Todd until his neck snapped (that pop) and denying Walt his death and to (need for) speed off into the night. That maniacal scream said it all; he was free, bitch!

Slowly dying from his cancer-ravaged body and a bullet wound, Walter White casts his eye over his former protege’s meth-lab prison, managing a wry smile before eventually collapsing to the floor and dying just before a swarm of cops storm the place, ending this outstanding television drama.

It might be disputed that Breaking Bad’s ending was too perfect, but especially after ‘Ozymandias’ catastrophic events, I think that everything that could’ve been destroyed, had been. The White’s were now in a dingy house, being watched 24/7 with their accounts frozen, Walt had fled to New Hampshire, Jesse was being tortured, Hank was dead and the Nazi’s had won the lottery courtesy of Walt’s meth fortune.

‘Felina’ perfectly reflected who Walter White and Heisenberg was – a cold, calculated, genius. It respected the chemistry throughout it’s unparalleled five seasons of monumental television. The performances, soundtrack, lighting, camera angles, you name it, all contributed in making (possibly) the best drama that has ever graced our screens.


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