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

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

  1. Sep 29, 2013 #41 of 760

    Beryl Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    I was thinking, "Finally, he tells the truth!" Excellent scene. Both actors played it so well.
    Of course. He knew her routine and replaced any Stevia packages with the ONE laced package so that Lydia and only Lydia would get it. Brilliant and so perfect.
    Yes!!! I even joined "Team Walt" (for a minute) when he saved Jesse and sacrificed himself. So glad Jesse got to take out Todd. He can not be a guardian angel to Brock.
  2. Sep 29, 2013 #42 of 760

    Bryanmc I'm normal.

    Sep 5, 2000
    At least they did it in a "there's no way the keys will actually be there" kind of moment with Walt, only to find that they were.

    Cranston is a god.
  3. Sep 29, 2013 #43 of 760

    whitson77 Active Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    What a great ending. That show gets a 10 for me and ranks as one of the best ever.

    The fly episode is the only one I could do without. Everything else was greatness.

    I selfishly just longed to see what happened to Jesse, but that isn't realistic to hope for.

    "Goodbye Lydia" was awesome and him desperately wanting to make amends with his son but being helpless to do so as he watched him go into the house was so powerful. He also finally admitted the truth that he did it all for him, and realized that the cost for all of his terrible choices fell on him and not on anyone else.

    And Jesse refused to be manipulated one last time. And yet he was still in awe of what Walt was capable of. This time in a good way. :up::up:

    ETA - Not sure if this was mentioned yet. But that Marty Robbin's tape and subsequent song that was played in the car he stole is about a suicide mission to go save someone "Felina". My wife knew it and I was glad for that extra insight.

  4. Sep 29, 2013 #44 of 760

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    Yes it most certainly was.
  5. Sep 29, 2013 #45 of 760

    MegaHertz67 Registered Smart Ass

    Apr 18, 2005
    One thing I will miss about this show is every episode had some interesting camera angle that added so much to the feel of the show. When Skylar was on the phone with Marie, the post was hiding the fact that Walt was there the whole time. Then later as they were talking, the post separated them in the frame...telling you without a word that they were irreparably separated emotionally from each other.
  6. Sep 29, 2013 #46 of 760

    BradJW Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    My only minor issue with this finale is why did Walt give Lydia the ricin?

    He had a reason to once he talked w/ Skylar, but he gave Lydia the ricin BEFORE he talked to Skylar, so there really was no reason for him to go after Lydia at that point.
  7. Sep 29, 2013 #47 of 760

    MegaHertz67 Registered Smart Ass

    Apr 18, 2005
    He was getting rid of any connection that could haunt his family going forward. She was a big, scary part of his empire. I assume didn't forget that she tried to kill Mike, and after his plan to take out the AB was finished, he didn't want her out guerra pissed off.
  8. Sep 29, 2013 #48 of 760

    nyny523 Oy

    Oct 31, 2003
    New Yawk
    He knew how dangerous Lydia was, and he knew she had met Skylar at the car wash.
  9. Sep 29, 2013 #49 of 760

    kaszeta Ceci n'est pas une conserve TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    You're not from Northern New Hampshire. Older Volvo, unlocked, and with the keys in the visor? Perfectly normal around here. Really. (Although some people I know use the cup holder)
  10. Sep 29, 2013 #50 of 760

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    AMAZING finale, I didn't mind the slowness of it at all. One last "heist", everything tied up nicely.

    As Walt was walking back to the car at Gretchen & Elliott's place, I said out loud to my wife, "Now, watch the two 'hit men' be Badger & Skinny Pete." Sure enough...

    There wasn't anything wonky going on with the gun and the car, he just gave it a wide berth and sprayed the entire house with bullets. I'm sure the gun spread beyond the house on both sides, the entire side of the house got covered.

    Unlike most finales, I'm pleased with everything.

  11. Sep 29, 2013 #51 of 760

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    I'm sad that it's over, but I'm very glad that, like Walt, the show went out on its own terms. Best series ever. It was consistently great, start to finish. There were maybe a couple of mediocre episodes in season 4, around the time of the magnet caper, but even those episodes were better than the best that most other shows have to offer.

    Every character got their own coda and closure (except poor Huell, still in the safehouse), and all loose ends were tied up.

    Ooh - just thought of one loose end - there are 6 barrels of money out there, somewhere, and now NOBODY living knows where they are.
  12. Sep 29, 2013 #52 of 760

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    All I could think of was, "wow, they're emphasizing that crummy post a lot, and that looks like one crappy place..." Then of course Walt is hidden out of view behind it.

    I'm still puzzled by this entire plan that was spawned by Charlie Rose. I mean he was to the point of wanting to turn himself in, but now it's time to visit Gretchen and Eliot, plus get rid of Lydia's crew? Don't get me wrong, I found the ending satisfying, I just wish they would've weaved the whole Gray Matter thing into the story a bit more instead of just suddenly plopping it in again one episode from the end.
  13. Sep 29, 2013 #53 of 760

    MacThor Not Pictured

    Feb 7, 2002
    Richmond VA
    He had given up because he couldn't figure out a way to get his money to his kids. When he saw Eliot and Gretchen on Charlie Rose, he figured out a way that actually came with a reasonable "cover" story.
  14. Sep 29, 2013 #54 of 760

    jamesl Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    didn't Charlie say that the blue meth still being made and there were reports that it made its way overseas

    I think Walter knew the only person who capable of making blue meth was Jesse and he was angry that Jesse was still alive

    he was angry that the nazis lied to him and didn't kill Jesse

    he was angry HIS product was being made by someone else

    so he wanted to kill Jesse and the nazis and he wanted to make sure nobody made his product except himself
  15. Sep 29, 2013 #55 of 760

    disco Father of Sam.

    Mar 27, 2000
    Why wouldn't Jack's gang search the trunk of Walt's car? They know what he's capable of (chemically speaking). Maybe they wouldn't have imagined a big ass gun, but perhaps they would fear him coming with a bomb. Just seemed odd to me...

    Otherwise, a great ending to a great series!
  16. Sep 29, 2013 #56 of 760

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL

    Laundering the money through Gretchen and Elliot was genius. I also loved the fact that Walter made a conscious decision to save Jesse in the end. Just a brilliant show from start to finish!
  17. Sep 29, 2013 #57 of 760

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I was sad when Walt took his watch off at the gas station. Gilligan explained why later in Talking Dead, but at that point it was one more break with Jesse.

    I did notice when Walt didn't listen to the nazi guy in the car, and actually parked in a slightly different spot and when told to move, then in his own Walt way, he said 'what? oh" and the guy was like 'oh never mind'. That was Walt. Pure Walt manipulating where he wanted the car to be for his own purposes.
  18. Sep 29, 2013 #58 of 760

    USAFSSO Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    Las Cruces, NM
    Great ending. After all the other big show finale failures, I din't expect much. I'm glad Vince Gilligan knocked it out of the park.

    Amazed there is no hate here. Well, I guess we will see after the West Coast feed.
  19. Sep 29, 2013 #59 of 760

    jkeegan Active Member

    Oct 16, 2000
    I actually rather liked that while they set us up to believe that Walt was driven by anger/ego at seeing them on Charlie Rose, in fact he just saw a way to get money to his family. I'm actually a bit upset at us for not coming up with that last week.

    (Although, there WAS anger there.. A combo of the blue meth, maybe some ego over Grey Matter, etc)

    Also glad to see a good *storytelling* full justification for the lottery ticket - which acts like Skyler's get-out-of-jail-free card.
  20. Sep 29, 2013 #60 of 760

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I think they didn't search the trunk because it wasn't Jack out there, it was just some minion that is not exactly too smart.

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