Breaking Bad Series Finale Review: “Felina” (Season 5, Episode 16)

Felina-Promo

“Skyler. All the things that I did. You need to understand – ” 

“If I have to hear one more time that you did this for the family – ” 

“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And…I was…really…I was alive.”

“Felina” may be the most anticipated episode in Breaking Bad history, but it is not necessarily the first ‘series finale’ the show has produced. Both the Season 2 and Season 4 conclusions, “ABQ” and “Face Off,” could easily have served as spectacular send-offs, as each expertly culminated upon everything that had happened up to that point, and brought closure – either literal, thematic, or both – to the story and characters.

“ABQ” saw Jesse’s life utterly destroyed by Walt’s actions after the death of Jane, featured Skyler finally calling Walt on all his bullshit, and ended with Walt’s many sins becoming personified by two planes colliding in midair, right above his house. Had the show ended there, we would have been robbed of three all-time great seasons of television, but there would be no regrets as to the power of the conclusion.

“Face Off,” it goes without saying, was the grand final showdown between Walter White and Gus Fring, and in addition to being the single tensest and most nail-biting hour the show ever produced – climaxing, of course, in the eponymous bit of iconic, shocking violence – it also brought closure to nearly every ongoing story arc, left Jesse at a place of relative peace and stability, and completed Walt’s transition from mild-mannered chemistry teacher into all-powerful drug lord.

Both episodes are, I think, better hours of television than “Felina.” They are more emotionally affecting, more ambitious in scope, and filled with more all-time great moments that will forever stand tall in the TV drama pantheon.

Yet neither, I contend, is anywhere near as good an ending to the show that was Breaking Bad as “Felina.” And while there are many equally valid reasons for this – the general atmosphere of darkness and desolation, the self-reflexive quality of Walt’s final journey, the note-perfect send-offs given to Skyler and especially to Jesse, etc. – the one that matters most to me concerns the core emotion I felt while watching the show’s final minutes unfold. It was not the emotion I expected to feel before the episode began, nor after the majority of it had unrolled. It wasn’t sadness, or distress, or disgust, or fear, or tension, or even visceral exhilaration. I felt all these things and more watching “Felina,” and each, certainly, is a core emotion I will forever associate with the Breaking Bad experience. But the one that hit me hardest, and the one that has lingered with me most in the time since the final credits rolled, was something entirely different, though no less connected to the core of Breaking Bad.

It was laughter. Wild, raucous, all-consuming, uncontrollable laughter.

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  1. umbertosays:

    horrible review. i doubt anyone else laughed raucously at the end.

    1. superultraboysays:

      I was thinking the samething.

    2. mrsaltysays:

      I did…not just at the end, but through the whole thing. As well as cried, bit my nails, and shouted at the TV…the end WAS hilarious, and fitting.

    3. Maniac Therapistsays:

      except for Jesse Pinkman

    4. ThatOneGuyWho...says:

      I watched it with about 5 friends and we all laughed. I guess you just didn’t get it.

      1. ArumBouyedsays:

        I absolutely hate the phrase “get it”. It’s like saying only you and your select little group of mental giants have the intelligence and depth to understand a T.V. show. Lol. Everyone who disagrees just doesn’t “get it”. I “got it” and I chuckled a bit as well, but if someone saw the ending as just plain sad, tragic, with no inclination to laugh hysterically, I’m not so arrogant to assume they just “didn’t get it”.

      2. Gotu Petsays:

        As soon as the guy said “horrible” he sort of revealed that he didn’t actually “get it.”

      3. wordsays:

        wurd to big burd

    5. CarbonaNotGluesays:

      This was one of the funniest series ever .. how do you not get it? Sopranos is not at heart a dark comedy (despite Stevie Van Zandt) .. Breaking Bad is so.

      1. Paul Johnsonsays:

        Sopranos was coated in dark comedy..

      2. Necka Rashevskysays:

        Breaking Bad was highly entertaining in Breaking Bad, an obviously adult dark comedy. Is that not Bryan Cranston’s M.O though? Just look at Malcolm in the Middle. That’s a hilariously dark, verging on sad, homage to sitcoms.

    6. Mansays:

      Review poster was high on cheap crack and rancid wine when he watched the series, and when he wrote this… And overall…

      …Explains a whole lot does it not?

    7. mikalsays:

      Nobody did. Unless they were a psycho.

    8. thatguysays:

      Good review, I laughed at the end.

      Opinions Opinions Opinions, always remember that, Opinions.

  2. mikesays:

    i agree, worst review ever

  3. Timsays:

    I was smiling, as I agree that the release of the tension made the endorphins run amok, but laughing? That I don’t understand.

  4. Pete Nicolosisays:

    This was an exhaustive review that really broke it down completely and from many viewpoints. I agree the ending could not have been better. I chuckled at the way he dies with a smile with his “baby”, but after the read and reconsideration of what was outlined, I easily have changed my chuckle to a maniacal laugh. Great review!

    1. David Fullersays:

      Agreed! A lot of trolls out there. Very well written and accurate review. Clearly, you have a keen understanding of Vince Gilligan’s vision for the series (and finale.)

      Don’t let the haters bring you down. Obviously, you are a true fan of the show and a talented writer. I agree with nearly (but not all 😉 ) points that you made.

      It’s unbelievable how nasty people get from the anonymity of a computer. Remember, everybody will take the time out to criticize, but few will “waste” their time paying a compliment.

      Good review!

  5. John Waynesays:

    This reviewer is an idiot

  6. Lack hacksays:

    comically terrible review

  7. Heisenburgersays:

    Great review, glad to have read all your reviews throughout the final season. They acted as a brilliant companion to the show and gave many good insights. Thanks again!

  8. Name Withheldsays:

    I just wanted to thank you for this brilliant piece; I now appreciate the finale in a completely different, and deeper, way. I was blown away by your analysis and regret that I hadn’t discovered you sooner.

  9. Maniac Therapistsays:

    Should have stopped reading after the 4th paragraph when you claimed season two’s finale was a better hour of television than this. You obviously hate Walter White so much that you used this piece (of crap) to call him a ‘two-bit criminal’ and take away from the brilliant, immensely simplistic plan that Walter aka Vince Gilligan devised. Poor taste.

  10. Deflowerhersays:

    Dude you suck. Very few others will agree with your review.

  11. The ending was very satisfying. Jessie killing Todd, Walt finally using the ricin on someone (Lydia), Walt devising a way to kill Todd’s family that was so over-the-top that they never saw it coming.

    Part of me wishes that they had found the money, and Jesse drove away with a big bag full of cash. But, then again, money never made Jesse happy.

    1. Damonsays:

      The last bag full of cash Jessie had in the show, was emptied in the streets by him.

  12. Guestsays:

    As Valentina Michael Smith once said, “They laugh because it hurts so much…”

  13. Ricardo Alves Junqueira Penteasays:

    As Valentine Michael Smith once said, “They laugh because it hurts so much…”

  14. Brendansays:

    If you really laughed as hard as you ever have at the final scene then you are weird.

  15. kato1964says:

    “Baby Blue” is a “immensely cheesy completely overblown love song”? I think the 6,000,000 plus people who have viewed the video on YouTube of Badfinger’s performance of this classic on the Kenny Rogers Show, back in ’72, would completely disagree with you. And if that ending made you laugh, you obviously missed the point of both the ending and the choice of that song to overplay Walt’s death scene.

    1. CarbonaNotGluesays:

      One of the cheesiest songs ever. It was made even sillier when set against the operatic “El Paso”.

      1. Jonas Misehsays:

        Nope.

      2. Yes.says:

        Douchebag, you know nothing

      3. franksays:

        The only people who say stuff like that are people who have lived dull lives or are just too young to have experienced much of life.

  16. fsdfdasasdfsays:

    Walter White died like a rockstar, you asshole.

  17. dfameBITCH!says:

    Wow, they are harsh on here. While I didn’t laugh, and thought it was strange you did, I appreciate your review. It gave me some new things to question, like wether Walt was being sadistic at the end when he asked Jesse to kill him. I had assumed that it was a form of retribution, but I’m always surprised, so it doesn’t *surprise” me! HA. Science YO!

  18. 80887says:

    You write these reviews in a VACCUUM? Wow…

  19. Nicksays:

    Vince Gilligan reveled in humor throughout the show, and talked quite a bit about the absurd nature of the song choice specifically.

    There is no breaking bad without a sick sense of humor. Whether it’s Saul’s bulletproof vest under his sweater, or Badger shooting an arrow at the back of the RV. Raspberry slushies made Jesse uncomfortable in his house.

    It was funny, and with the build up of emotion, there’s no question that a broad emotional outpouring is reasonable.

    As for hating Walt, you’d be crazy not to. He’s a maniacal lunatic who has ruined countless lives and blamed it all on doing it for his family. The list of lives he has ruined goes on longer than a phone book. He was a genius, he did some amazingly impressive things, but so did many evil people.

  20. Jamessays:

    i have to disagree on some points about what happened at the end with Jesse. Walt went with intentions to kill the Naza’s AND Jesse as he thought jesse had partnered with them. Seeing that he was captured, tortured, and through all that STILL did not disrespect Walt or his product, Walt dived on top of him, to get cover from the bullets, and ultimately got shot protecting him. Walt didnt have to do that, he coulda ducked and the bullets could have mowed Jeese down too…..I think in a way, Walt was giving Jeese what he could never have..a way out. Also, the look that Jesse gives Walt after hearing that he poisioned lydia, seemed like a ‘thank you’ like he was finally free, not just of Walt, but of everything connected to the meth buisness, i think thats part of the reason he begins to laugh while driving away..

    1. peytusksays:

      yeah, weird that the author didn’t mention about this, Walt showed his most human side in this last episode than any of the other prior to this, still using his list and manipulating skills… I will miss Breaking Bad… ah why did it have to end!!

    2. Nyxizsays:

      wo. walter didnt think jesse was partners with him. that was the plan for the nazis to prove they werent working with him so they show him to walter. then boom. What made me laugh though was that todd didnt even give a fuck at first that everyone around him died. he was more concerned about looking out the window and says “Mr. white” in a somewhat confused tone.

  21. disqus_4YBfjD8lPCsays:

    Your review is absolutely terrible. Your continual reminders of how hard you laughed and that Walt died a low life really steals so much from the overall experience of the episode. I think a lot of fans felt completely different emotions and your drivel of a review only serves to tarnish our memory. Thanks for nothing dick wipe.

    1. Nathan Ludwigsays:

      It’s staggering how utterly stupid you are. You should practice some reading comprehension before typing things in public.

  22. Goof Troopsays:

    Wow, did no one actually read the review? So many people stopped after ‘I laughed’ and immediately jumped down his throat. This review is glowingly positive, ending by calling it an “endlessly rich piece of fiction” and claiming the finale couldn’t have been better. If you kept reading you might have seen that. I love Breaking Bad as much as anyone, but wow this fanbase is rapidly turning sour. God forbid someone say something even seemingly negative about it. You realize that kind of behavior might scare away people who would have otherwise watched and enjoyed the show? Grow up and learn that not everyone enjoys things exactly the same way you do.

    1. Yes.says:

      Doesn’t erase the pompous grotesqueries that proceeded it. This guy is not gonna say it sucks!

  23. Carlosays:

    i dont agree about walt sadistically manipulating jesse in order to kill him.
    He just saved him from the rain of bullets. He figures out he still has love for him when he sees him in that awful miserable condition. It’s Gilligan’s last attempt to show Walter’s human side.
    I never hated walter in effect, probably I almost always rooted for him..he did a lot of evil things but since the beginning he always showed a human, fragile, miserable side that never made me view him as total emotionless evil like most of viewers tend to

  24. John Bossisays:

    I loved BB but come on, The Sopranos was the all-time greatest show in the history of TV.

    1. Randy Waltonsays:

      JB, I caught the first season of The Sopranos, and it didn’t grab me enough to continue. I thought The Wire, even with it weaker final season is still the best, simply because it dealt with BIG PICTURE stuff. the Shield was also quite good, but not at the same overall level. Apples and oranges, I guess.
      BrBa was still an excellent series with great acting and an outstanding finale. I didn’t laugh, but I sure left satisfied.

    2. franksays:

      The Sopranos was the same-old, same-old: Guy grows up in Mafia family, has trials and tribulations etc..It was already done several times in the movies: Godfather 1 and 2, Goodfellas..Again, nothing really new in the Sopranos. BB was something different, and to my mind a much more interesting story.

  25. John Smithsays:

    the review is wrong on so many levels.
    1) He dies as nothing more than a common, two-bit criminal.

    He died saving Jesse. He died while using a garage door opener to lay waste to a hardcore group of psychopathic gangsters. He would forever be known as the MacGyver of the criminal world for that feat alone, to say nothing of the blue meth that died the same time Walt does.

    2)but for Skyler, it is a revelation, not because she can’t see Walt’s selfishness on her own, but because hearing him say it does allow for some small measure of closure.

    Walt says this for the same reason he made the phone call after Skyler flipped out and cut him with the knife, for Skyler’s sake. Walt knows it would give her closure, and acted accordingly.

    3) Like always, Walt is tempting the boy – giving Jesse the option to do further evil for his own selfish benefits.

    Again, here Walter is trying to give someone he cares about what he thinks they need. Jesse killing Heisenberg would have been cathartic and empowering.

    1. stellabystarlitesays:

      That’s one interpretation. I listened to the podcast, and Vince Gilligan said he mean that to convey that Walt wanted to make one final gesture of amends toward Jesse by giving him the option of killing him if he wanted to, hence passing him the gun. There was clearly a bit of water under the bridge there, and Jesse truly hated Walt at that point. I certainly think it’s true to character that Jesse opted not to take another life as that would be one more crime on his conscience, as well as one more act of doing what Walt was coercing him to do. He finally had his freedom to make his own choices, so he just left.

    2. Say my namesays:

      I agree with your assessment, Walter White started everything he did to provide for his family once he was gone. Did he enjoy some of it, the power, the sense of being known and revered worldwide by some… absolutely. In the end he,
      1) allowed his child to be returned to Skyler because he loves his family,

      2) he makes a point of saying things on the phone to clear Skyler.

      3) he blackmails people into giving his money to his family because he loves them

      4) he poisons Lydia to protect his family and Jessie

      5) he kills all the skinheads to:
      a) save Jessie because he loved him
      b) avenge the murder of Hank because he was family
      c) protect his family, and
      d) because they stole HIS legacy by cooking the Blue meth

      6) he saves Jessie while giving him the option to kill him because he thinks it will give Jessie closure

      Then to recap, he blackmailed the 2 people using laser pointers… he managed to talk face to face w/ Skyler even when in theory she had FBI and DEA surveillance, he played Lydia so well she never knew until she was almost dead that he poisoned her, and only then because he told her, then he killed an entire group of skinheads using a garage door opener a car battery and a car remote.

      Walter White did everything for the people he loved… then he did what he had to to protect them, and met his death on his own terms.

      I agree, there is nothing sad, or pathetic about it… in its own way its the most honorable thing he could do, to save everyone he loved and end his life from injuries he suffered saving Jessie instead of alone and with his body ravaged by cancer.

      1. Jasonsays:

        Great points! I like it. 🙂
        I get all the different view points and respect them all. What show has made so many people think through all this stuff? It’s like psych class.
        Breaking Bad = G.O.A.T.
        Long live Walter White!

      2. Adam Watkinssays:

        You are an amazing reviewer. I love your analysis. Wow, perfect.

  26. mrnoetolsays:

    You people are too in love with the show. It is my favorite series behind Oz but this review is keeping it real. The season 4 ender was DEFINITELY better than this. The series closer was good but come on, it wasn’t perfect.

    You people probably love and praise Dexter too even though that show got old after Trinity. “OMG, he dissed breaking bad”… Stop being so brainless, the reviewer here has good points.

    1. Nyxizsays:

      I was thinking the same thing. they didn’t go the extra mile or anything like the did in the past. not an up stage to previous endings what-so-ever.

  27. mrnoetolsays:

    And as much as I love, let’s be honest, if Walter White actually existed he would be a scum bag. The things he put his family through, the fact that he watched a girl choke on her own vomit and die, the way he saw a kid get murdered and it didn’t even phase him.

    You praise this character and defend him so much but you wouldn’t like him if he were real. Get over yourselves, the end was hilarious.

    1. Spikesays:

      I think that this is what makes the show so intriguing. On the first viewing, when people called him a monster and such, I was like “Oh, come on, give the man a break”. But after some second thoughts, I only thought like that because I get to see him vulnurable, hurt, sentimental and overally, human. We never saw Tucco like that, and we only wanted him to die, and we liked Gus more because we saw him like that. The only reason that in our minds he had to die, was that he was a threat to our protagonist and his world. Now, we didn’t feel like that for Walter, because we see most of the show through him. But the things he did and the lives he destroyed, that’s what really counts. Jessie had the worst ending to me. He can never become a functional human being again. I mean, how do you come back from all he’s been through? And he is very young, early to mid twenties. He was entirely broken in the end.

      1. Randomsays:

        I would not say Jesse was broken, but rather that he had been isolated from the world because of the nazi`s that he finally learned to appreciate what he has, life and freedom, thus his “insane laugh” at the end, he never wanted the money, he never appreciated what he had, until the meth nazis took it away from him, until Walter gave it back, after all it was Walter who took things away from Jesse.

    2. matt murdocksays:

      Yes, I agree that watching a human being choke on her own vomit is disgusting but remember Jane was a POS, too. She had become manipulative and domineering over Jesse. She also threatened to go to the media and cops spilling the beans on the chemistry teacher turned meth cook.
      I wish Walt could have gotten his other millions back from the Nazi gang, and made Gretchen and Elliot suffer more. Gretchen was a real bitch. I wanted more back story on their relationship from grad school, too. I really believe like Walt said that they made millions off all his hard work. I loved that he put that stuck-up, bitch Lydia in her place, too. She and her tea.
      The Walt character was such great character to watch over a course of five years. Smart, intelligent, witty, diabolical, wicked, callous, devilish, vindictive, cold and calculating, and yet tender and warm when dealing with Holly and Walt, Jr. Cranston was superb in this role.
      That is why I always loved the Gus- Walt dynamic. Gus was intelligent, wicked, and ruthless. Yet he could see that Walt, too was just a mirror image of himself. Gus was afraid of Walt because Walt was so intelligent but yet he could see how dangerous he was because he could manipulate Jesse the way he did.
      Felina was finally a last episode that did not disappoint. I will miss this show. Thank God for DVDs.

  28. 10thBaamsays:

    ” To all the world, Walt dies the most pathetic death imaginable… He dies as nothing more than a common, two-bit criminal, and many of his actions throughout the episode – hijacking a car, hiding in the shadows at Gretchen and Elliot’s, buying a machine gun, poisoning Lydia, gunning down his enemies, etc. – are not those of the great and powerful Heisenberg, Emperor of meth, but of an absolute low-life.”

    Did the author check this when he wrote this article? He kinda contradicts himself. I hardly call rigging a car with an m60 machine gun turret to go off with a car remote common. And he made the ricin. And he saved Jesse. And found a way to get money to his family. Yeah… could not disagree more with this author. Thought the series ended perfectly because it showed all the qualities that made Walt a good character to watch.

  29. Dheep'says:

    Nice Review. I understand ,but why Would you need to see anyone else’s reaction before giving yours ? (“without looking at anybody else’s reactions to the episode”).

  30. Mark Arthursays:

    This is a terrible review, if that’s how you really felt about the ending, then you need to rethink your interest in this amazing and unforgettable series. There is usually some form of relation between the reader and the reviewer, but I’m starting to think you were drunk when watching this.

  31. tonayheesays:

    i would have rather read about the sport of cricket for 3 minutes than this awful editorial on my favorite show of all time. this show is obviously funny at times and absoultely draws parallels to coen bros. but i really dont care that you wasted so many paragraphs describing how hard you laughed. it was a great ending. that is all.

  32. BeachBumsays:

    Hey didn’t smile because of the meth IMO he smiled because it was chemistry that he loved and he felt alive in any lab not just meth.

    1. rogerscorpionsays:

      BeachBum–I saw it that way, too. Walt loved chemistry labs. I loved that Walt went there, with the intention of killing Jesse, because Jesse was partnered with the skinheads, but, upon seeing Jesse in captivity, protected Jesse. I love the fact that it was Jesse who killed Todd (A total sociopeth, in my opinion). I love the fact that Walt finished Lydia, the way he did. I love the fact that Walt admitted the truth to Skyler. I loved the title, ‘Felina’. When I heard Marty Robbins on the auto radio, it started falling in place. I didn’t laugh, but I did smile with appreciation.

  33. timsays:

    This reviewer is an idiot.

  34. Yes.says:

    What the fuck is wrong with you? You basically described a mental break. You are telling us you went into spastic gales of laughter? Maybe harder then you have ever laughed? You sound like an idiot.

  35. grenadehsays:

    All the people saying the season 4 ending was better apparently fail to understand story. The season 4 ending was great, yes, but it was necessary as build up for the real ending.

    Felina was perfect. It was completely predictable, but it was perfect.

  36. Boosays:

    God awful review for a pretty limp ending.

  37. John Fitzpatricksays:

    I thought the ending of Breaking Bad was pretty good. The way I saw it, Walt went out on his own terms.

    1. rsomrhausrsays:

      He did…and although he did not commit suicide, he did kill himself. Sometimes laughter is a way of releasing tension. I don’t fault the guy for laughing, because there is a bit to laugh about in the ending. It was so beautifully poetic and final and tragic and heroic and karmic, that laughing through tears is a reasonable response. My first response was a laugh and a bit of tears, and the realization that it was a perfect ending to the story. My first thoughts were, “Vince Gilligan, hats off to you you magnificent bastard. You pulled of the perfect end to a story. Not an easy trick.”

  38. Brad Hallstonsays:

    This article is probably really awesome in your head. I am thankful I wasn’t watching with you.. laughing would have annoyed the hell out of me.

  39. Freddyfenderbendersays:

    I’m pretty sure the reviewer didn’t laugh. If he had, he’d have missed all the elements he wrote about. I call shenanigans.

  40. jacquessays:

    lol I think this review was fine. It’s just opinion. And it’s reasoned well.

    but did you really laugh that much? … was it really THAT funny? …

  41. hellifeyenosays:

    what really happend is walters death was faked and he got put into witpro, and he beacome hal from malcom in the middle

  42. Mr Lack, lacks a brainsays:

    wow, you are a complete idiot. worst review ever.
    your review – I laughed, walter is a pathetic lowlife… I laughed, walter is a pathetic lowlife.
    you’re lost.
    maybe you should’ve read other reviews before writing this crap. hope you get fired and have to turn to meth dealing to make ends meet.

    1. David Fullersays:

      Nice comment, D-Bag! You’ll be the one buying meth from him!

  43. No matter which parts you interpreted correctly in line with the director’s vision, and which parts weren’t in line, this is a well-thought-out and well-written review. Thanks for it. I didn’t laugh, but I did smile. I felt Walter’s triumph right along with him. Even though he’s a monster, more or less, the series does a great job of having you empathize with him. He’s good at manipulating us, alongside Jesse and so many others. And it’s obvious that at least several others, even if the minority, shared your emotional response and general interpretation. One thing that we all seem to agree on is our appreciation and respect for this wonderfully-enthralling series.

  44. Twangssays:

    I stopped reading this at “immensely cheesy, completely overblown love song”.

  45. Allison Johnsonsays:

    You should find a new career. You completely suck at reviewing.

  46. yabbisays:

    He’s not really dead.

  47. stpetersburgsays:

    ok…

  48. ABQbluesays:

    The misuse of “decimated” was the cherry on the top of this idiotic review.

    1. fyggssays:

      …because you know the fairly well-know bit of trivia about it having the meaning of “dividing into ten pieces” rather than its perfectly acceptable contemporary meaning of “to utterly destroy”?

      Consider your cherry decimated. Whichever meaning; the result’s the same.

  49. walter whitesays:

    I AM THE ONE WHO KNOCKS

  50. Yahsays:

    Breaking Bad Ending sucked so hard. All that bitching about his blue meth he did and he lets the 1 guy drive away that knows how to make it? Crapness!

  51. HelpmeIvefallensays:

    BTW, how far does Pinkman actually get way to? I mean, he did murder 2 people, was complicit in the murder of others, drives away broke right before the police arrive, driving a decrepit hunk of junk. And he has a ton of evidence pointing to him from various crime scenes. So the real ending to the show, not seen, is probably Jessie rotting away in a maximum prison jail cell.

  52. the popesays:

    jesus.. you fucking suck dude

  53. William Burkesays:

    Did you get paid by the word? How else to explain why this monstrosity wobbled on for about 65% too long?

    And I always am amazed: yet another writer who doesn’t know the difference between “breaths” and “breathes”! SERIOUSLY?

    1. Bob Sagetsays:

      With ya on the ‘breaths’ and ‘breathes’ thing. At the Seattle Science Museum, one of the displays uses it incorrectly as well. IN A MUSEUM — drives me nuts.

  54. Galahartysays:

    This is the worst review ever! And plus I believe that Walt’s actions throughout the episode were absolutely brilliant! Way too elaborate to be that of a “low life criminal”

  55. Snidely Whiplashsays:

    Baby Blue” used as the finale song was pure genius. Walter was hugging his “baby blue” machine when he went down.

  56. fyggssays:

    Heh. It’s a shame that so many people called you names and said your were a bad reviewer. I wouldn’t take it badly, since every one of them so far–without exception–betrayed an emotional bias whilst doing so, and invalidated their own remarks.

    I don’t agree with everything you’ve said in this review, but you’re clearly very good at analysis of characterization, thematics, story-telling, etc. I think a lot of the negative reaction you received was because you chose to predicate the entire review on your own personal reaction to the wrap-up of the series. That’s not a big criticism, its a small one, even though it did loom large in your review; most people who didn’t laugh at the demise of Walter White just decided to spit venom. Oops.

    Still, there was disagreement coming from the well-thought-outs and the knee-jerkers, and when people are saying it’s a good review, but…, and it’s a bad review because…, share some of the same reasoning, you should probably pay attention.

    I’m being incredibly patronizing, and probably unnecessarily, because I think the thought put in, and the spot-on analysis in your review shows that you probably already know all of this and can brush aside bilious criticisms.

    Having said that, I’ll go ahead and join in, saying that White was neither the petty and selfish two-bit thug, in the end, that you seem to be saying he was, but neither was he the ultimate anti-hero and the wonderful human specimen that some people here want to make him out to be. Always the truth lies somewhere in-between, but I think rarely as much–nor to such varying degrees of interpretation–as here. You have fans of the show both saying he was great and saying he was scum, and everything between the two. That’s great, and that’s writing skill, and acting skill, and just general skillfulness of production, and a boon to the genre of television, saying television is not only a legitimate medium to tell a story, but a unique and exquisite one.

    Anyway, I enjoyed your review.

  57. Franksays:

    LOL, how can you call “Face Off” the tensest episode ever over “Crawl Space” ? Bad review.

  58. your consciencesays:

    you have no life and you reviews suck and I would be surprised if people clicked through all of your shit,I stopped reading your rant at page 4 or 5, not gonna bother to browse back up for that bs

  59. Cream Beansays:

    “Corny Love Ballad” Baby Blue by Badfinger is one of the greatest pop songs of all time. I remember watching the finale for the first time and getting so excited when that song played. One of my favorite songs. Far from corny. You make it sound like fucking winger started playing or something. You do not know music.

  60. simply_not_nutssays:

    Key detail somehow omitted from this lengthy summary: Jesse didn’t just drop the gun and drive away, he said “Do it yourself!” Thus leaving the horror of suicide as Walt’s only option.

  61. Andrey Nikapleasesays:

    I too doubt that the person who wrote this review laughed like they said they did. Maybe a little bit, maybe smiled or chuckled but to say that they laughed like Jesse did as he drove away would clearly leave you with some sort of mental condition. That is the only thing that I can deduce. I think that it was smart to compare your laughter or whatever it was to Jesse’s in the end because like him, you were present for the entire story as well. I am sure that you feel his sense of relief and since you see everything from all angles and the characters do not you see the absurdity of Walt’s death as well. Yes while it is funny and playful…the way the reviewer presented themSELVES was unreal, as real as their thoughts about the show were. Poor review.

  62. I like to think of Breaking Bad as having 3 different endings. The first ending being the end of Season 4. EPIC, edge of your seat entertainment, and emotionally satisfying. Originally this would have been the end if Breaking Bad had not been renewed for another season.

    The second ending (and my personal fav), the end of the episode of Ozymandias, everything comes to a halt at this point and Walt finally gets his comeuppance as he loses everything. Poetic justice. It’s definitely the climax of the series and the best episode.

    Finally, I see Granite State and Felina as being the Breaking Bad film everyone always wanted. In this we reach the conclusion of the story as it wraps up the loose ends from the fallout in Ozymandias.

  63. Matthew Ryan Kylesays:

    I realize these comments are backdated pretty far but still interesting to read threads about what I think is one of the greatest shows ever produced. I guess I am not sure if suppose to be a joke that the reviewer thought it was funny,but I smiled at the ending, it was a perfect send a way for Walts character in my opinion.

  64. Kent Karlsonsays:

    Here’s my take, and I haven’t seen any others that agree. Walt started out with a undeserved death sentence, and his one and only goal was to provide for his family. At the end, after destroying countless innocent lives, he succeeded. Oh yeah, he still died, as he had been originally sentenced. Heinous crime in his case paid, and paid well.

  65. Guysays:

    Why do I have to click nine pages to read the review? Also: why am I reading it now. This happened a million years ago. I don’t even like this site or the bullshit lists it advertises and churns out. What am I doing here? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. I SHOULD START USING METH OK I HAVE STARTED LOOKS LIKE THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE

  66. Jamessays:

    Most contrived piece of writing I’ve ever read. Maybe you fantasise that VG will come knocking at your door with a job offer because you are so incitefull. Laughing harder at the end than you have ever laughed in your life is like being able to see the emperors new clothes. Total wanker.

  67. caseystsays:

    Nobody laughed but you. How did you even get this job? If you laughed, then you are truly heartless. And, for your information, “Baby Blue” rocks. You don’t.

  68. Ed Bankssays:

    He dies in the car in Vermont. The whole episode is to satisfy all the nitwits. Walt wasnt as smart as people think. That was the point. It satisfies both camps.

  69. Mansays:

    The real reason Walter died at a meth lab, was so Jesse could be truly free, it was Walter`s manipulation that took that away, so when Walter was dying he went into the lab, so people would blame his alter ego “Heisenberg” and thus stay away from Jesse which was the one that was making the “uber meth”. Even so Walter cant help but smile before he dies, as he loves chemistry, thus the site being a fitting final resting place.

    Either that, or he read this pathetic review and died of the wounds reading this whole piece of crap gives.

  70. Mansays:

    The jerk that wrote the article below simply does not like the fact that a series is dissing his meth.

  71. Jasonsays:

    Initially, I didn’t like the review… but I read the ENTIRE review, and I LOVED IT.
    Admitting later that the laughing AND tears that Jesse had as he drove off was similar to how Mr Lack felt… perfect.
    I get this aching in my stomach every time I read about, think about anything Breaking Bad. I miss it so much.
    The craziness of WW combined with the seemingly innocent down to earth person that Cranston portrayed as this dying school teacher.
    It was sooo dark but also so engrossing…. all that combined with the writing, cinematography, incredible acting… sounds pathetic but there’s a hole in my life since I’ve finished watching this.
    Cranston will forever be one of my favorite actors due to the special place in my heart I’ll always have for WW.
    PS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    …………. we DID see WW dying on the floor as the police showed up… but it’s not COMPLETELY out of the question to consider that he still might have lived.
    I think about this often when I get mad at the fact that the most perfect, mind blowing TV show I’ve ever seen lasted only 5 seasons.
    Wishful thinking I’m sure but it keeps the fire alive… or dimly lit 🙂

  72. mikalsays:

    “$747,000”

    737. It’s even the name of the episode. And… the amount he left for his family was just under 10 million. That’s quite a bit more than 10x $737k.

  73. David M. Brownsays:

    “Self-reflexive”? The word wanted is “self-reflective.” Downhill from there.

  74. W.W.says:

    Walter didn’t return to the laboratory to die as a sign of his love for meth; but rather as a sign of his love for chemistry.

  75. bigreysays:

    well you entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong …. on all points

  76. J Mansays:

    Blah blah… Blah. Really, people. Art. Interesting to see so many diff emotions expressed by viewers. You “get it” if you enjoyed it. Great show! Great finale. Miss it!

    1. Farnham Baileysays:

      I believe you didn’t understand the show.

  77. Erin Conn-Bauersays:

    It ended like it was supposed to. Drugs ruin your life…You lose your home, your wife/kids and your life.

  78. Mark Alansays:

    Absolutely spot on review my friend. I, too laughed my ass off at the end of the series. I was a late convert to Breaking Bad, having watched none of the show while it aired on TV. I discovered it a short while ago and binge watched it all in less than a month. There were nights that I got to sleep too late because i just couldn’t go to bed without finding out what happened in the next episode. It would have been excruciating for me to watch a series like this having to wait a week in between each episode. I think you’ve perfectly, though wordily, captured what the episode was all about so thanks for your exuberance and insight. Enjoyed reading your review quite a bit. Have a very nice day.

  79. vincentsays:

    i respectfully disagree with your point about if the show ended at season 2, it would be okay. season 4, okay, maybe. and as far as your last point about laughing…not me. guess we’re all weird in our own ways.

    and the heck, i clicked a link with the title “Here’s What Really Happened on the Breaking Bad Finale”. Made it sound like there was more, not a link to a review.

  80. Ricksays:

    a. the amount from season 2 was $737,000, not $747, 000 and b. I didn’t see anyone declare Walter dead.

  81. Blurglesays:

    Thank you for an excellent review. I fully appreciate and share your point of view. I believe you did justice to quite possibly the best television show ever.

  82. Nagssays:

    Glad I stumbled on this. Great writing!

    I don’t agree with everything you said but so what? A lot of people are acting like ignorant a-holes in this comment section.

  83. Heimriksays:

    If you laughed at the events in the final episode… You should have yourself committed to a mental institution…

    The events should trigger disturbing emotions of disgust and shock. NOT humorous enjoyment…

    In behavioral psychology, one of the major flaws that have been found in serial killers brains was that their brains failed to react to emotional trauma that should be produced from shocking stimuli such as murder, rape, or death.

    So yeah… Seek help immediately….

  84. James Bettinsonsays:

    I have to say i think this reviewer was just a bit desperate to come up with an original angle to cover this episode, I think if they really did just end up laughing at it they really have missed the point, and the tagline of saying what really happened in breaking bad is incredibly misleading, as it would seem the conclusion drawn is that of only themselves.

  85. Golerosays:

    My fave moment of the whole series was when Walt was pleading with Jesse not to cook for Gus, telling him that Gus was going to kill him.

    Human fragility at its greatest!

    Also for me the series should have ended with Walt’s conversation w his son

  86. Pollysays:

    Idiot!

  87. Jimsays:

    This guy is an idiot. He doesn’t get it. He shouldn’t be writing about it, he should be reading things written by people who understood it.

  88. Farnham Baileysays:

    Dear Sir, the term is “self-reflective” not the “self-reflexive” that you have used.

  89. Arnold Vere Wardsays:

    We did not see Walt actually die – there is a chance there is more to come given his record for cheating death.

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