Damn it they did it again! Breaking Bad offers us an episode full of plots, manipulations and hand shakings. So where were we? Last week left us with Jessie’s big unknown plans to get Walter after he screwed up the police trap and Walter calling Todd to offer his uncle (a neo-nazi) a job to do: killing Jessie.
At that point it is quite clear: Walter White doesn’t exist anymore. The nice chemistry teacher is dead instead he is now just a plain coward monster. Not a hero. Not an anti-hero. Just a monster. Like all those people he fought against in the past seasons. And if in the past he was finally winning the battle, this time he is not leading the game anymore. Jesse and Hank anticipate all his moves now, including Walt’s plot to drive Jesse to Andrea’s (Brook’s mother) house.
Walt’s desperate, afraid and even easy to manipulate and certainly weaker due to his cancer back. And like at the beginning of the show, one thing matters for him: Money. That was the plan Jessie talked about the last time. If there’s one thing Walter White loves more than anything – and sometimes more than his family – is his money.
So the plan is at first to manipulate Huell by making him believe Walt kills Jesse. Hank and Gomez are preparing a little scene, that I must admit was quite disgusting but funny to watch, putting a sort of animal brain on the floor with some blood. Jesse watches them with a WTF look on his face – certainly the same than the audience must have. And that’s a win-win scenario for the anti-Walt team.
Walter also has the right to have a little personalized picture on his phone: his beloved money he spent hours to hide. Jesse calls him telling he found it and will burn it little by little until he came to him. So Walt drives way too fast to the desert to discover he’d been worked.
Indeed, the police didn’t find the money…yet. They just had the feeling it was there in To’hajiilee, the Indian Reserve where they cooked meth for the first time. Walter calls his neo-nazi friend to ask him for help until he saw Hank and Gomez coming. After being handcuffed by his brother-in-law, Walter has the never to call Jesse a coward – coming from a man who is manipulating everyone to do the dirty job that’s a bit…ironical.
Then Walter — like all of us — discovered that a neo-nazi doesn’t take the “cancel the mission” as granted and showing us that maybe Walter still has a little sense of humanity somewhere inside him.
I would be lying if I told you I believed in Walt’s arrest because thanks to the flash forward we know that he won’t end up in custody. But having Hank and Gomez facing five guys with automatic weapons wasn’t my first pick of the several “what would happen” scenarios I had.
It’s even worse as the episode leaves us with a gunfight between the two police man and the four armed man and…..Todd (yeah I can include him to the group considering how badly he shoots) with our hand shacking and our heart stopping as we all know that in Breaking Bad being in the good team doesn’t mean you’ll be survive.
The answer….next week.