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

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

  1. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    Did anyone else watch the clock and think, "how is this going to resolve with 8 minutes to go"? Damn fine TV
  2. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    I think we were all so diverted by the idea that the continued existence of blue meth triggered Walt that we missed the simple fact that was his primary takeaway from the spot- that Gretchen and Elliot could write a check for 28 million to fund a charity and no one would blink an eye.
    Finding a way to move money has always been an issue on this show, and the Charlie Rose spot provided Walt with a solution for how to move his.
    Except I was waiting for his car to get t-boned as he drove away... [/TCF "trope"]

    If I remember correctly, the penultimate episodes of each season have always been the high tension ones, and IMO rightly so. Audiences need closure and that can't always be done in the same ep as the slam bam action. We got to breathe, absorb the events, and then wind down with the fallout. It leaves a more satisfied feeling IMO.

    "I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And, I was really... I was alive."
    Great epitaph.
    Well done.
  3. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
  4. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003
    Yes!! I did this at several points.
  5. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    Walt specifically stated that he had met with Lydia each Tuesday (I think) at the same time, so it's logical to assume it was the same table etc...she definitely was a person of routine.
  6. MacThor

    MacThor Not Pictured

    Feb 7, 2002
    Richmond VA
    Walt mentioned that was the same table they met at every week. They were in business together for months (condensed into a montage) and Walt made ~$80 million with her over that time.

    There was a great line during the scene with G&E (I will have to rewatch) - something about how this was their chance to make it right. My interpretation was that Walt was reminding them how they wronged him, and even set all of this in motion.
  7. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    Um....no it's not. It's Felina. Check the lyrics to the original song online.
  8. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    i gotta say that was the most satisfying series finale since Six Feet Under. SFU still wins the best - but this was pretty damned good.
  9. mooseAndSquirrel

    mooseAndSquirrel Well-Known Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    Whatsamatta U
    Loved it and, as others, "fully satisfied." For me, the best series ever.

    But one minor question... how does knowing where Hank and Gomie's bodies are give Skylar any chance to "make a deal with the DEA"?

    But I'm willing to let all of these little things go. Every moment of the show, things could have gone a different way. But, to steal a line from a show that was very unsatisfying, what happened, happened.
  10. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

    Aug 6, 2002
    Down South
    Agree with all those.

    Lydia only has "flu-like symptoms and a ton of cash" and will die. Skylar is really in jeopardy. He should have just let the phone ring, but his telling her was enjoyable. :)
  11. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003
    I disagree about Lydia. Lydia is driven by fear and greed. Revenge really isn't her thing. Once she realizes there is nothing to be done, I can envision her literally rolling over and dying.
  12. Carlucci

    Carlucci Hiding The Decline

    Jan 10, 2001
    Houston, TX
    One other thing I loved: Walt, alone in his completely trashed house, flashes back to the moment that would eventually bring him to his lowly fate -- Hank's braggadocio and teasing Walt about going with him on a ride-along to get some "real excitement" in his life.
  13. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Plus it had to happen this way, for our benefit. ;)
  14. purwater

    purwater I make tasty water

    Aug 25, 2005
    SW Virginia
    My wife and I both loved the finale. Series finales are hard to get right because of the expectations of the viewers, but we were both satisfied with the ending. For all of Walt's flaws and evil deeds he managed to do what he wanted from the start. The journey wasn't quite what he expected.
  15. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003
    So...in breaking bad world, does Skyler now get to tell the whole story? Does she get to tell what really happened to hank or does Walt jr go on thinking his dad killed him?
  16. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    My favorite part was the irrevocable trust.
  17. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    And getting blasted in the head when he thought he had something to negotiate.

    How do the Grey Matter people convert $9 million cash into Flynn's trust fund without alarm bells going off? Do they deposit $24,999 every Friday?

    How did Walt know where Skyler and Flynn had moved to?

    That machine gun scene was AWESOME!!!!

    I did not like the song in the closing scene. Nothing against the song itself, I just would have preferred that scene to be music-less.

    Great ending to a great show and a great character. Walter White may be the best tv character ever.
  18. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    :) Wouldn't the gov;t get suspicious of a $7M trust to Finn, no matter the supposed source? Couldn't they grab those funds??
  19. wouldworker

    wouldworker _

    Sep 7, 2004
    MA, USA
    The DEA was after Heisenberg, not Skyler. They were holding her over a barrel to try to get her to give up any information that might lead them to him. Now they have Heisenberg. Skyler is still in trouble for laundering the money but she can try to use the location of the bodies as a bargaining chip. Cops are very big on giving their own proper burials.
  20. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Hmm. Was Walt dead at the very end or just wounded?

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