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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!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I would add LIFE to that list.
  2. nyny523

    nyny523 Oy

    Oct 31, 2003
    New Yawk
    My coworker carved this last night - AMAZING!!!


    Heisenpumkin!!! :up::)
  3. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    If the official AMC Breaking Bad Tumblr is still active, you should have your friend upload it.

    Edit: looks like it is. For a time, they were sharing the photos onto the AMC FB page.

  4. DavidJL

    DavidJL Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    Dana Point, CA
    I am the one who tricks or treats!!!!
  5. DaveMN

    DaveMN Curmudgeon, Skeptic

    Nov 14, 2001
    Found this on reddit, but this person has created some outstanding fan art from the final season.
  6. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
  7. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    I don't know if you're into sci-fi, but Farscape is a phenomenal show. I'd also highly recommend the first couple seasons of Veronica Mars.
  8. 702

    702 Member

    Feb 9, 2003
    WHy on Amazon and not Netflix?
  9. DavidJL

    DavidJL Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    Dana Point, CA

    Justified is unavailable to stream on Netflix
    This title is available on Netflix DVD only

    Does stream on Amazon though
  10. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    Haven't read thru the entire thread, apologize if this has already been addressed.

    Walt wasn't a hero at the end, he was the same he had been throughout, an anti-hero. Big difference. The finale was the perfect completion to both the story arc and the character arc, because Walt was the story - who he was originally, who he became and why and how it affected everyone around him, and how, in the end, he somewhat came back to himself, or at least tried as best he knew how.

    After being diagnosed with cancer, as wrong-headed as his solution may have been, Walt started out with a noble intention - to protect his family after he was gone. Unfortunately he chose to do so by the most despicable means - manufacturing one of the most horribly destructive drugs out there. That he would choose to do something so abhorrent with seemingly little moral or ethical regard for the destruction he would cause to the users of his product demonstrates a serious lack of empathy, the hallmark of a pyschopath. Walt very quickly lost his grasp on that original intent because of ego and greed, and his selfish megalomania completely took over his life. He became a monster. And by doing so he destroyed countless lives, including his own and those of everyone he loved.

    Walt admitted his selfishness to Skyler in the end, finally, because he had been forced to face what he'd done and what he'd become after he'd been brought to the depths - Hank's murder, Jesse's "betrayal", his failure to provide for his family, his wife and son's physically and emotionally violent rejection, being a fugitive - it all brought it home. Alone in that cabin in the frigid wilderness, with only his beloved and useless barrel of cash to keep him company, dying, he was the epitome of failure.

    Walt's final acts were not heroic, actually they weren't even unselfish. I think he pretty much admits that at one point. Throughout the entire series a common theme - a catalyst for much of what happens, in fact - is that Walter White, who has been a milquetoast his entire life, has to prove himself smarter and better than everyone else - the oh-so-righteous cops, the big bully bad guys, his own family; it's almost like a game and he has to - has to - WIN. At any cost. So, yes, while his actions produce some really desirable results in the end, and, yes, while part of him is truly motivated by his love for his family, he is ultimately driven by his same old selfishness and ego. The only difference is this time everything he does is justified from a moral, if not legal, pov. This is made clear when Saul explains to him how everything would work out for his family if he simply turned himself in. Walt considers this but rejects it, even though this is before he knows that his family has been threatened. Instead he concocts a plan to get over on everybody. And he does.

    In the end, at death, Walt is smiling not just because he's back in his cherished lab, as some have suggested, but because he is back in his lab because HE WON.
  11. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
  12. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003
  13. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    Bryan Cranston is fabulous.
  14. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003
  15. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    Great analysis of Walt's character! :up::up:
  16. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    'nuff said....

    ...or...maybe he stole Marie's purple ****....
  17. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I disagree. Walt was an anti-hero up until the final episode when he became the righteous one, killing the bad guys and saving the day and dying a heroic death by saving his partner. That was his perfect ending.
  18. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003
    Is that the same pink bear as the one from the airplane?
  19. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Eh, despite his 11th hour "redemption", he's still an anti-hero. He caused so much death and destruction of so many lives... just because he killed the "bad guys" at the end and saved Jesse (whom he was determined to kill moments earlier), does not make him a hero in the end.
  20. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    No...it's the purple one from the airplane....


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