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Well, there you have it – everything is out in the open now. Hank and Walt’s epic showdown from last week was mirrored by an equally tense (but more tearful) faceoff between Marie and Skyler. The dawning sense of betrayal that came over Marie’s face as she realized that Skyler has known about Walt’s activities (to some extent) far longer than she (or Hank) had ever imagined was perfect and heartbreaking. When faced with it all laid out in front of her, Skyler could do nothing but cry and feebly apologize. When she was in it, she made the decisions that she had to in order to protect her family (from the man who protects their family) and she could compartmentalize things. But when Marie laid everything out for her, she was forced to look at the enormity of it all.

Or maybe she first realized the enormity of things when Hank called her, panicked, from the garage. Hank was quicker on the trigger than Walt (I loved hwo the shots were framed as a Wild West standoff as the garage door slowly closed) and he got Skyler on the phone first. As she walked into the diner, it was clear that Skyler felt like she was walking into a trap. And Hank was so focused on the end goal of nailing Walt that he completely misread the situation. He went into full cop mode, interrogating Skyler with the same tactics that he’d use to interrogate the average street drug dealer. But Hank failed to realize that Skyler might have been culpable in some of Walt’s crimes. He never stopped to consider that Skyler might be the one laundering the money and, as such, she might be a little reluctant to tell all the details of Walt’s crimes to a DEA agent, particularly one who insists that she did not need a lawyer. Hank’s strongarm tactics might work on average drug dealers, but Skyler is smarter than that. She needed time to think and formulate a plan, so she caused a scene and ran out, leaving Hank alone with his recorder.

Meanwhile, when he was unable to reach Skyler, Walt went straight to Saul. After immediately shutting down Saul’s suggestion that he simply send Hank to Belize (“I’ll send YOU to Belize” might be one of my favourite Breaking Bad lines ever), Walt went straight into damage control mode. Huell and Kuby went and brought him the money from the storage unit (after going full-on Scrooge McDuck, of course) and Walt took it to the site of his and Jesse’s original cook. Without the benefit of a team or big machinery like he had while he was burying barrels for the train heist, Walt spent all day digging by hand. After concealing the GPS co-ordinates as lottery ticket numbers, he immediately collapsed in front of Skyler in their master bathroom.

Awaking hours later on the cold bathroom floor (albeit with a pillow under his head and a blanket covering him), Walt was possibly at the lowest point he’d been since his moment of panic in the crawlspace. Dabbing his forehead tenderly, Skyler asks him if it’s true that the cancer is back. He confirms it and offers to give himself up, provided that she never speak of the money and keep it for Walt Jr. and Holly. However, the ever-pragmatic Skyler recognizes that this would never be possible. Hank tipped his hand to her during the interrogation – he didn’t have enough to get Walt on his own. He needed Skyler’s statement. For the time being, Skyler suggests, the best course of action would be to stay quiet. Never have the phrases “stay quiet” and “tread lightly” promised so much explosiveness in the weeks to come.

This explosiveness might come in the form of Jesse Pinkman. Like some kind of guilt-ridden drug-dealing Hansel, Jesse left a trail of thousands of dollars that led first a bewildered citizen and then the police right to him. Just as Hank was about to present his case to his boss without the solid proof he so badly needed, he found out that the one remaining living connection to Walt was in lockup at that very moment. We’ll have to wait until next week to find out if Jesse’s disillusion about Walt is enough to convince him to flip on Walt. Jesse may resent him and be consumed by guilt but will that be enough to overcome a lifetime’s worth of not talking to the police? Not to mention the fact that admitting everything would also send Jesse to jail for, at the very least, killing Gale. Will Hank be better at getting information out of him than he was at getting it out of Skyler?

Theory Time:

  • I don’t think Jesse will give Walt up. I think there’s too much history there, both between him and Walt and between him and Hank. As much as he hates Walt at this moment, I still think Jesse hates Hank more.
  • In the flash-forward, Walt is on the run with Skyler and maybe (probably?) the kids. That’s why his fake last name is Lambert (Skyler’s maiden name), not because he killed her. After seeing his refusal to even entertain the idea of killing Hank, I don’t think there’s any way he kills Skyler. She still might die, but not by Walt’s hand. If that’s the case, then I think he’s coming back to protect her/them somehow. The ricin and the machine gun must be to finish off whoever is still standing in their way.
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Well, after a long “mid-season” break (both for the show and for my blogging “career”), Breaking Bad is back with a vengeance.

Last night’s episode was pretty much perfect, as far as I’m concerned, from the continuation of the flash-foward from the season premiere, to the final showdown in Hank’s garage. It struck a perfect balance between slowly revealing Walt’s new post-Heisenberg life and then immediately destroying that false sense of security with Walt’s realization that Hank is onto him and their subsequent cards-on-the-table confrontation.

But before I get to that, we need to talk about Jesse. Poor Jesse never really had a heart for the whole breaking bad thing, did he? He’s a shell of himself, sitting in his depressingly empty house (except for his bitching sound system, of course), starting into the distance, numbing his pain with pot and inane Badger-Skinny Pete Star Trek fanfic. He took Walter’s sarcastic and manipulative comment about Jesse’s money being “blood money” to heart and as a consequence, the suitcases filled with $5 million eat away at his soul like a tumour eating away at his insides. He tries to have them surgically removed, telling Saul to give half to dirtbike kid’s family and the other half to Mike’s granddaughter, and he doesn’t care what kind of questions a random $2.5 million will raise. He just wants the poison out of his life so that he can start to try to heal.

Of course, Saul calls Walt for a second opinion and he immediately brings the money back to Jesse. In the conversation, Jesse reveals that he still has the ability to think critically, recognizing (as Lydia did last season) that Walt would not have killed Mike’s men if Mike was still around to do anything about it. No matter how much Walt insists that Mike is alive and perfectly capable of taking care of his own granddaughter, Jesse knows the truth. And he can also finally see beyond Walt’s blatant attempts at manipulation. “I need you to believe me,” Walt repeatedly asks, until Jesse finally gives in. “I believe you,” he says. “He’s alive.” But the tears swimming in his bloodshot eyes and the fact that he can’t even look at his former mentor when he says these words reveal the truth.

In the end, Jesse gets rid of the money the only way he can think of. Inspired by a homeless man who asks for some “spare change”, Jesse gives him a stack of bills and then drives off to the bad part of town, throwing money out of his window as he goes. With every toss, the emotion of the past year comes out until Jesse is driving with tears in his eyes and a mixture of sadness, grief, rage, and maybe just a little bit of relief on his face. I hope that this catharsis is what Jesse needs to regain some of his sharpness and clarity in the coming days and weeks. Something tells me he’s going to need it.

Meanwhile, Hank goes on an emotion-filled drive of his own, emerging from the bathroom with Leaves of Grass stowed in Marie’s bag and a sudden, visceral need to get out of the White house and away from Walt. He has an anxiety attack on the road, hitting a mailbox and getting sent to the hospital to rule out a heart attack. Once home, Hank immediately gets his old Gale Boetticher file and compares the handwriting to Walt’s book – it’s a perfect match. He spends the next week at home alone, getting the Gus Fring evidence boxes brought to his garage. I enjoyed watching Hank meticulously map out everything, make connections, and remember things in a different light. Hank is a good investigator but until now he was blinded to Walt’s true identity because of their family connections. Now he’s able to see the events of the past year or so in full clarity and it’s terrifying and enraging all at once.

Meanwhile, although Walt and Skyler seem to be largely back on the same page (they’re even dressing in complimentary cream colours), running the car wash (and maybe even planning for an empire of car washes), Walt can’t quite resist keeping some secrets. Sure, he tells Skyler who Lydia really was when she comes to the car wash to try and entice him back to hold a “training session” but he hasn’t told her that the cancer has returned. We see him receiving chemotherapy and jumping up from a family dinner to run and vomit in the toilet. It’s then that he makes the discovery that his copy of Leaves of Grass is missing. After a futile search of the bathroom and the area around the nightstand, Walt realizes the only explanation – Hank must have it, and his mysterious illness must be a direct result of his new discovery.

Walt’s suspicions are confirmed when he checks his car and finds a GPS device like the one he helped Hank place on Gus’ car another lifetime ago. The next day, he shows up at Hank’s house, his fake-nice-guy smile plastered on his face. In true Breaking Bad fashion, there is no dragging out of the cat-and-mouse game, though. Walt shows Hank the GPS, Hank shuts the garage door behind him, and it’s on. I cheered when Hank punched Walt right in his lying face. The anger and betrayal written on Hank’s face were matched by glimpses of Heisenberg behind Walt’s facade. Admitting no guilt, Walt asked what could be gained by prosecuting a man who’s dying of cancer and who would never see the inside of a jail cell as a result. I’m not sure if we’re supposed to believe Walt or if he’s just saying anything to try to get Hank to drop it. In the end, though, it’s clear that Walt will not go down without a fight. After Hank tells Walt that he doesn’t know him anymore, Walt replies, with the perfect mixture of aggression and regret, “If you don’t know who I am, maybe your best course of action is to tread lightly.” Bryan Cranston plays that moment to perfection. Here’s a man who’s killed more people than I care to count, but there’s something different about realizing that your relative, someone you’ve known for over twenty years, knows the truth. If it was anyone else, Heisenberg would have killed him and had Todd get the barrels ready. But because it’s Hank, it’s not that easy. There will be no way to get out of this cleanly. Both men are going to have to tread lightly and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

Of course, we already know to an extent what will happen. Thanks to the cold open, we know that within the year, everyone will know that Walt was Heisenberg. Their abandoned house had it spray painted on the inside, and Walt’s former neighbour reacted with terror when she saw him leaving the house after retrieving the ricin from behind the outlet. Armed with the ricin and a machine gun in the trunk, it’s clear that Walt has returned with only violence on his mind. The question is, who will be in his path?

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This entire season has been about Walt consolidating his power and taking control of his “empire.” In this episode, Walt finally attains the kind of autonomy he could never have dreamed of. With Mike out of the picture (another victim of the tub and acid trick) and Jesse still in retirement, Walt is the only vote left. Walt has the absolute power to order the simultaneous hit of Mike’s 9 guys (plus the flipping lawyer) and he has the power to decide whether to take Lydia up on her Czech Republic offer or to put the ricin in her coffee. Walt’s two decisions result in two of the most visually stunning montages that this show has ever depicted. The prison killings and the global expansion of the Heisenberg empire were both juxtaposed onto light-hearted music (with “Crystal Blue Persuasion” being the quintessential meth-cooking song that I expect show creator Vince Gilligan has been saving up for a long time). Both demonstrated how efficient Walt could be while working on his own. However, hidden within the montage of the crystal going out and the money rolling in was a shot of Walt in an MRI machine. No matter how effectively Walt can control his empire, he can’t control the cancer.

Of course, the real surprise about Walt’s success is how little happiness it brings him. He’s got more money than he’s ever dreamed, more success, more adulation (of course, this adulation is limited to drug dealers, so maybe it’s not enough anymore), and more security, but he still doesn’t have his family. Post-montage, Marie reveals it’s been 3 months since the kids came to live with them, Skyler seems happier now, and so maybe it’s time for the kids to come home. In response, Skyler takes Walt to a storage unit where she’s hiding the giant mound of un-launderable money. It’s coming in so quickly that she’s stopped counting it. Now she just piles it up, keeps it dry, and sprays it so the silver fish don’t wreck it. It’s more than they can spend in 10 lifetimes, she tells Walt. When will it be enough?

Jesse asked Walt the same question a couple of episodes ago, reminding him that when he started, he only wanted to make $737 000. At that point, Walt wouldn’t listen but now, for some reason, he apparently does. Perhaps the cancer forced his hand. Perhaps, as suggested here, now that he’s the boss and things are running smoothly, he’s bored. It’s not fun anymore, and what’s the point in making a ton of money if you’re not having fun and if you don’t even have a family to go home to? For whatever reason, Walt comes home and tells Skyler he’s out. I don’t think that Declan or the Czech buyers would just let their supply leave with no replacement, so I suspect that Todd is remaining on as sole cook, keeping Heisenberg’s pure blue meth on the streets as part of Walt’s legacy. He might have gotten out, but the empire he built lives on. Maybe. We’ll have to wait for next season to find out for sure.

One thing that is certain is that nothing is ever as clean-cut as it seems. Jesse got out before Walt did, and he spends his days getting high and falling asleep on his couch with a lit cigarette between his fingers. Walt goes to visit him and Jesse senses danger lurking below the surface. He gets his gun and opens the door with fear and caution. What does Walt want with him now? It turns out, Walt just wants to reminisce. They talk about their old days in the RV, back when they were a team, figuring things out as they went. Jesse asks why they kept that junky RV after they had enough money to buy a new one, and Walt replies, “intertia.” It’s perhaps an explanation about why it took him so long to get out. Sometimes it’s just easier to keep doing what you’re doing than to try to figure out how to stop. As the awkward exchange fades away, Walt tells Jesse that he left him something on the porch. Still unconvinced of Walt’s innocent intentions, Jesse approaches the bags with trepidation. He clearly worries that he’ll get blown up like Gus, but instead he finds the $5 million that he’s owed. He throws the gun across the room and puts his head in his hands. Jesse may have gotten out, but the shadow of Walt and the horrors they committed together still hangs over Jesse. He may have gotten out, but he isn’t free.

The same shadow lurks on the penultimate scene around the pool, where the Whites and the Schraders make small talk while Walt Jr. pushes Holly around the pool. There’s nothing to suggest that this is anything other than the idyllic family afternoon that it appears to be, but getting out can’t be as easy as Walt made it seem. It turns out, though, that the danger wasn’t coming from the outside but was, like Walt’s cancer, originating from within. Hank uses Walt’s bathroom and stumbles upon the copy of Leaves of Grass that Gale gave to him. Seeing the inscription to his “other favorite W.W.”, Hank immediately flashes back to an earlier conversation, where he found a similar inscription in Gale’s notebooks and pondered with Walt over who that could be referring to. Back then, Walt was able to brush it off with a joking “you got me,” but this time, the look on Hank’s face says it all. All of the inconsistencies in Walt’s behaviour over the past year are coming into sharp focus as Hank sits on the toilet in Walt’s master bathroom. We have to wait for next season to find out exactly what he does with this newfound realization.

I don’t know why I bother making predictions, because this show is so good at twisting everything around, but here goes. Hank might now know that Walt is Heisenberg, but there isn’t one shred of evidence to prove it. The book might connect him to Gale, but I don’t know that it would be admissible in court and it certainly doesn’t prove that they were cooking meth together. Still, like other criminals before him, Walt made one small fatal mistake. He was so concerned with the big picture – with orchestrating the killing of witnesses, with disposing of bodies, with establishing international drug rings, with finding the perfect hiding space for the ever-present vial of ricin – that he overlooked the innocuous book. I’m also not entirely convinced that Walt even know that inscription was in there – the pages seem stuck together and it’s possible he never read it. Also, the book moved from a pride of place on his nightstand to the back of his toilet under some magazines. The Walt who brought that book from the condo to his home was at the height of his pride and his arrogance. That Walt kept the book as a trophy. A little reminder of the man who got in the way of him and his rightful place as the only genius meth cook in town. The new Walt, who has enough money and who just wants to spend time with his family, might have forgotten all about it. He might no longer see it as a trophy but as just an old book that he got in another lifetime. Whatever the reason it was kept, the fact is that Hank knows that the monster he’s been chasing has been under his nose this whole time.

I’m not totally convinced that Hank immediately arrests Walt. First, theres the aforementioned lack of evidence. Second, Hank’s boss got fired for not realizing Gus’ involvement, it’s impossible to imagine that Hank wouldn’t get the same treatment once it comes out that his brother-in-law is Heisenberg. Third, Hank and Marie have directly benefitted from Walt’s drug money, since Walt paid for Hank’s physical therapy. Would people really believe that no one else knew what was going on? Fourth, will Hank be willing to blow up his entire family and put both Walt and Skyler (his money launderer) behind bars for good?

All of these questions (and about a million more) will have to wait until next season, which might as well be an eternity away. One thing’s for sure, while this season was about Walt’s rise to power, next season will be about his spectacular fall. The question is, how many people will he take down with him?

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So, Walt thinks he’s Gus. Through the lens of his inflated ego, now that he’s killed Gus, there’s gold in the streets that’s just waiting to be mined. Walt thinks that he can just partner up with Jesse and Mike, start cooking again, and rebuild Gus’ Los Pollos Hermanos empire. He doesn’t stop to consider for a second the complicated web of people and businesses that Gus was controlling. He doesn’t stop to think about whether these people can be found by the DEA and what they might tell them if they are found. No, none of this runs through Walt’s power-drunk mind. He destroyed the computer, and so he thinks he’s untouchable. It’s a delicious bit of irony that his overdoing it with the magnet last week broke the picture frame and led to the DEA’s discovery of the Cayman Island accounts that Gus used to pay off the dozen major components of his drug ring. (Also problematic in the DEA realm is that Hank’s boss is being forced into early retirement for his failure where Gus Fring was concerned. He opines that he had Gus over to his house, and that he was right under his nose this whole time. The look on Hank’s face shows that the wheels are turning . . . how long will it be before he takes a hard look at his strange-acting brother-in-law?)

The biggest loose end Walt ties up in this episode is the case of Jesse’s missing ricin cigarette. Poor, paranoid, big-hearted Jesse is grief-stricken over losing the cigarette, thinking that an innocent person – or worse, an innocent child – might accidentally pick it up and poison themselves. With the ricin cigarette safely in his hands, Walt suggests spending the day going through his house again with a fine-toothed comb. He creates an imitation cigarette filled with salt and plants it in Jesse’s Roomba, removing the vial of ricin from the real cigarette and hiding it behind an electrical socket in his house, apparently “just in case.” The fact that, in about a year, he’s moved from the agonizing decision to kill Krazy-8 (even though he presented a clear and present danger) to keeping deadly poison in his house in the event that he needs to kill a random person is apparently not a concern to the new Walt. Perhaps even more telling is his reaction to Jesse’s guilt-ridden relief at finding the “ricin” cigarette. In an Emmy-worthy closeup, Jesse breaks down weeping, apologizing to Mr. White for ever accusing him of stealing it and pointing a gun at him. Jesse beats himself up for ever being so stupid, and Walt swoops in to manipulate the situation even further. He puts his arms around him, comforts him, and tells him to never forget that “you and I are working together . . . I want you to think about that as we go forward.” Having proven to Jesse that his mistrust of Walt is always completely unfounded, Walt has secured his loyalty (for now).

Meanwhile, while Walt revels in his own power over Jesse, Mike is left trying to keep everything together. I love Mike and always enjoy when we get extended shots of him at work. While the DEA’s prying into funds is worrisome (although the fact that Mike never touched the money gives him enough plausible deniability that the DEA can’t arrest him), his real problem is Lydia. When we’re first introduced to her meeting with Mike at the diner, she’s completely out of her element. Nervously insisting on first talking back to back and then calling him by a fake name (to which the waitress dryly asks if “Mike” needs anything else), she hands Mike a list of 11 names who played one role or another in Gus’ operation. She’s panicking because she knows that all it will take is one person to start talking and then they will all be screwed. Mike immediately rejects her proposition, telling her that, in real life, you don’t just go around killing 11 people “as some kind of prophylactic measure.” He insists his people are solid and that Gus has taken all precautions to make sure they continue to be compensated for their effort. Naturally, as Mike soon finds out, the DEA’s discovery of the Cayman Islands accounts has put the compensation on hold, thereby complicating matters somewhat.

But no one complicates matters more than Lydia, who, after her unsuccessful conversation with Mike, finds someone else on the list who’s willing to take the job. After successfully luring Mike to the house with a phonecall from Mr. Chow (fresh from a nerve-wracking DEA interrogation), Mike turns the tables on him in typical Mike-fashion. The hitman killed Mr. Chow, and Mike kills him. (They don’t show what happens afterwards, but I’m assuming that Mike made their bodies disappear, either by dumping them in the desert or my using Walt’s old melting trick. I hardly think he’d leave the DEA a gift like 2 dead Gus Fring-connected bodies.)

Then, it’s off to Lydia’s house to solve that problem. What follows is the tensest scene of the new season. From moment to moment, it was unclear what Mike was going to do. He was waiting for the nanny to leave and for Lydia’s daughter to go to bed before killing her, but the increasingly loud conversation made it clear that it wasn’t going to go down quite so easily. Perhaps what made this scene so chilling was that Lydia never begged for her life, only that Mike let her daughter find her body so that she wouldn’t think she’d abandoned her. Whether moved by thoughts of his own granddaughter, or realizing that Lydia could be more useful alive, Mike relents. I’m disinclined to believe that cold, unshakable Mike would let an obvious liability live simply because he feels bad, so I think his reasoning rests on his realization that he will never see any of the money from Gus now that the DEA is involved. Mike can’t leave ABQ because of his granddaughter, and he needs to make money somehow to keep the rest of the people on Gus’ list from talking. Perhaps cautiously going into business with Walt (while still pulling the strings behind the scenes, as with Lydia’s connection to the chemicals needed to make meth) is the best option he has available at the moment. He tells Walt he’s in, and Walt is again satisfied that he is the one pulling all the strings.

Like last week, this episode closes with a creepy exchange between Walt and Skyler. Apparently severely depressed (within reason), Skyler spends this episode lying in bed, only moving to avoid Walt’s touch. In the final scene, Walt crawls into bed with her and kisses her neck and shoulders while telling her that her feelings of guilt about Ted Beneke will fade as time goes on. What they’re doing, Walt murmurs, is okay because it’s for family, and nothing is more important than family. In the darkness, it’s clear that Skyler wants nothing more than an escape from this particular family.

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FINALLY. Breaking Bad is back.

In my quest to get my fix before the show actually aired, I read/watched all the interviews with the cast that I could find. In some (like this one), it was revealed that the season premiere would be decidedly non-violent. Even though I was prepared, it did seem kind of odd in juxtaposition with last season’s finale. This episode was more hilarious than scary, but that’s just part of the brilliance of Breaking Bad. It can take you from the edge of your seat to laughing out loud in a matter of minutes. Magnets, bitches!

I’ll admit, the flash-forward opener initially threw me for a loop. In it, Walt has a full head of hair, makes a “52” out of bacon over his Denny’s breakfast, carries a New Hampshire drivers’ license, and buys a car with a large gun in it from his gun guy in the bathroom. I think he’s still in Albuquerque, and he’s definitely still sick, but that’s about it. The entire series has only covered about 1 year, and since Walt was 50 when the series started, this is a fairly significant flash-forward. Unless this season is going to proceed at a rapid pace, I expect that this scene is foreshadowing season 6. I can’t wait to find out how Walt got here.

Back in present time, Walt, Jesse, and Mike are left picking up the pieces from Gus’ death. Walt seems to be ready for a celebratory drink (after hiding the bomb-making supplies and the Lily of the Valley in the back of the Aztec – did he actually dispose of them or are they still waiting there to be discovered?), but then he remembers the video cameras. I thoroughly enjoyed the scene where Walt and Mike were discussing how to get at/blow up Gus’ computer where the videos were stored while an out-of-focus and in the background Jesse repeatedly suggested “what about, like, a magnet?” And the scene in the junkyard where Joe asks Jesse why anyone would want to pierce their prick was also hilarious. Jesse’s victory cry of “Yeah, Magnets! Bitches!” after the magnet-computer test worked called back to the first season and Jesse’s suggestion that a good metal to conduct electricity would be “wire”. After gaining some power last season, Jesse is once again relegated to the young, subordinate role. He might have stopped Mike from killing Walt (temporarily), but after that, he was back to being the annoying child in the background that the grownups ignore while they talk about important grownup things.

Still, it’s clear that Jesse knows how dangerous Walt is. He didn’t listen to Mike’s advice to take the money and run (of course, Mike didn’t listen to his own advice either), but pretty soon Jesse’s going to have to make a decision about just how much further he’s willing to go. As they were racing away from the evidence locker, Walt’s statement that the truck-magnet left behind is untraceable “Because I said so” is the perfect thesis for this season. Walt might never stop believing that what he says goes, but Jesse’s look at Mike after he said it revealed that Jesse recognizes the absurdity of that statement. The question is whether or not he will get out in time.

Meanwhile, back at the figurative ranch, Ted Beneke is alive! Who saw that one coming? I figured his corpse would be back to haunt Skyler, but not his sentient-and-supported-by-metal-rods body. Ted is now clearly afraid of Skyler and promises her that he won’t ever say anything to anyone. When Skyler relays this message to Walt, he responds in perhaps the most terrifying way possible, by pulling her into an uncomfortable hug and whispering “I forgive you.” At this point, Skyler knows that she’s dealing with a cold-blooded murderer, so one can only imagine that Walt’s forgiveness doesn’t mean too much. I expect she also realizes that Walt’s forgiveness likely doesn’t extend to Ted Beneke. Walt has a lot on his plate right now, so I don’t think he’ll kill him right away, but I also don’t expect poor old Ted to make it too many more episodes before “accidentally” ingesting some Lily of the Valley or smoking a ricin cigarette.

Speaking of the ricin cigarette, I can’t believe that Huell actually did pickpocket Jesse. It just goes to show the attention to detail and forward thinking involved that make this show amazing. And, while its recipient might not be Ted Beneke, you just know that that ricin cigarette is going to come up again at some point. If not Ted, perhaps Hank? Walt Jr.’s insistence on turning Hank into a hero following Gus’s explosive demise isn’t helping Hank’s chances at survival, I’ll tell you that much.

Overall, it seems like this episode was the eye of the hurricane – a momentary lapse in the destruction before the winds pick up again and the violence begins anew. I can’t imagine what the upcoming season will hold, but I expect Hurricane Walt to leave nothing untouched.

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