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Breaking Bad - S05E16 - "Felina" (series finale!)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jkeegan, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    Would they have been happier if it did leave some storylines not complete and which ones would have made this a better ending?
     
  2. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ladies like it, too.

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    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.


    OK, there were some bangs, but this phrase was the first thing in my mind after the episode.
     
  3. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    "Felina" was a 5.7 household rating/9 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnight...not sure how that translates to total viewers....
     
  4. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    I read this again.

    And I find I agree with his thought here --

    These are good points.

    Walt's plans never work without some problems. That may have been what was missing in this finale.

    The crazy bits.

    The watching Walt struggle to get what he wants by something almost not working. A feeling of uncertainty whether it can actually happen. Then having it all come together for a moment.
     
  5. pmyers

    pmyers Active Member

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    Of course I loved it but I did have some nitpicks/questions:

    1. How exactly did Walt find somebody that could get that gun and sell it to him with no contacts?

    2. Jesse is FAR from free. I'd assume he is wanted and has no money (at least that we know about). His life is probably harder than it was in captivity.

    3. WHAT ABOUT POOR HUEL? LOL
     
  6. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

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    I was annoyed with the ads while watching but appreciated the front-loading when scrubbing the recording for my Plex library. Well done.
     
  7. 702

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    #1. He has dealt with the guy who sold him the gun before.
     
  8. pmyers

    pmyers Active Member

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    Can you refresh my memory?
     
  9. Bryanmc

    Bryanmc I'm normal.

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    Remember when he bought the pistol without a serial number from a guy for "protection" from Gus (though he was going to use it on him)? They were at Walt's apartment (I think) and he tried out several to see which worked best for him.
     
  10. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    Wonder if Jesse can hook up with the Vacuum cleaner guy and get out that way?
     
  11. kaszeta

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    Yeah, that guy ("Lawson", I think), sold him the 38 Snubnose back in Season 4.
     
  12. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

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    That's the guy who sold him that first gun when he wanted to kill Gus Fring. They met in a motel room, and the seller was laying out different gun options coaching Walt on which one is best for his objectives, and Walt was clumsily handling the gun(s). He was then seen practicing drawing the gun from a sitting position.

    eta: what everyone else said while I was typing. :rolleyes:
     
  13. KenDC

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    I thought it was a great ending to a top notch TV series. As others have mentioned, I might put Six Feet Under above it as far as final episodes but from back to front I will take Breaking Bad. Excellent. Very well done. I am very happy...and sad.
     
  14. kaszeta

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    Vacuum cleaner guy probably wouldn't touch him:

    1. Jesse flaked out once before.
    2. And he's probably got to lay low after "Mr Lambert" screwed up that vanishing act.
     
  15. astrohip

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    I recall reading an interview with Vince Gilligan, and he said something along the lines of wanting a conclusion that satisfies the viewers, and yet remains true to the story, to the characters.

    I believe Felina achieves that. I wouldn't call it tidy, I would say that he faced every situation he (Gilligan) felt needed facing, and resolved them in a "Breaking Bad" way.

    One of the things the writers of this show are most adept at is foreshadowing events, then turning the tables on us. But not in a red herring way, just in a "geez, I didn't see that coming" way. A perfect example is the final scene with Elliott & Gretchen. We all saw the newscast, we all saw Walt's emotions change when he saw the newscast, and we all saw the showdown coming. There was talk of how Walt would get his revenge. Some talked about a machine-gun hoedown. Others some sort of revenge via Walt exposing their company Gray Matters.

    And then what they show us is a 180. Walt's emotions didn't change because he wanted revenge, but because he saw a way to provide for Jr. So instead of bringing back what had been fairly minor characters for a Scarface showdown, they played a minor but critical role in the conclusion of the series, and the wrapup that Walt is bringing to his life.

    My point: Some call this tidy. I call it smart storytelling, surprising us one last time. Once again, Vince Gilligan, thru Walter White, has kept us hooked for another hour (ok, 1:15).

    I felt satisfied. I'm sad, I'm happy, I'm gonna miss these characters something bad. Cast & crew, every actor, the writers, all of them did their job beyond what we had any reason to expect.

    What more could I ask?
     
  16. Hank

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    I was somewhat surprised that Walt went back to his cabin to grab his barrel of cash. I thought that was pretty risky as the police were on hot his trail, and they may have started searching all the local residences (yes, I know it's 8 miles away, but it's not like it's a very dense area). I had just assumed at the end of the last episode that he stole the Volvo and drove back to ABQ with just the $100,000 in cash in the box.
     
  17. astrohip

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    Nice review, says a few things in a different way:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/couple-critics/2013/09/breaking-bad-finale-review/

     
  18. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    My issue with that scene was that there was fresh snow on the car, so wouldn't there be fresh footprints going into the car? Are we to assume that car was in the parking lot of the bar or somewhere else?
     
  19. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    James Poniewozik's review:

    http://entertainment.time.com/2013/09/30/breaking-bad-watch-say-hello-to-my-little-friend/
     
  20. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    Why did Walt give Holly the shaft? His instructions with regard to the irrevocable trust were that the money should be made available to Flynn on his 18th birthday, right? It seemed like he was leaving Holly out of the equation or, at least, subjecting Holly's share to Flynn's whims. It's possible I could have misheard his instructions - did he mention Holly in them?
     

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