“Breaking Bad” is back, and last night’s episode, “Blood Money,” reminds us that this is truly the beginning of the end for Walter White and his empire.
This blog entry won’t really review the episode so much as it’ll point out the five best moments of it, complete with spoilers. So, tread lightly.
5. Imagery like whoa
Bryan Cranston directed “Blood Money” and, apparently, he likes to use a lot of reflective imagery to convey the things only pictures can convey: Desperation, exhaustion and total loss.
The image above is of Walt seeing himself after his fall from the top. He breaks into his old house (since condemned and in disrepair) to smuggle out the vial of ricin he had hidden away in his wall outlet. The broken glass represents Walt’s broken life, which is simple enough to understand.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen this technique used when it comes to Walt. Here’s what happened after Walt saw his reflection in a paper towel dispenser, got disgusted with himself and threw a punch its way:
Then we have Jesse’s predicament:
He’s in a bad way, man. He isn’t happy at all, and the revelation that he is filth is clearly summed up in this image. He’s under his glass coffee table, staring at the crumbles of something that could represent his life, as a cockroach scurries about trying to pick up the pieces.
And then we have poor Hank, who is in way over his head:
The Hank pictured on the sticker is a Hank we’ll never, ever see again. He can never be that fun, outgoing Hank again, because now he knows Heisenberg has been hiding under his nose the entire time. And what’s worse is it’s a family member.
Poor, poor Jesse. This was the episode he realized he can never trust Walt again, not after Walt murdered Mike last season. It’s one of the reasons Jesse kind of loses it and wants to get rid of the blood money he has in his possession. All $5 million of it.
3. Walt continues to take on traits of his victims
Remember how Gus Fring did a great job at keeping his drug lord life hidden away, masked by the owner/operator role of a Los Pollos Hermanos he played? Walt is in the process of doing the same thing.
Anytime Walt went to Gus while Gus was working his day/cover job, Gus would ignore him and/or react toward him in a specific way. Basically, he’d try to keep the interaction normal and within the customs of a business transaction.
Walt attempted to do the same thing when Lydia stopped into the car wash to pay Walt a visit.
But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Walt adopt traits from his victims. Think back to Krazy-8 Molina from season one, and how he liked to have the crust cut off his bread. Walt adopted that trait after Molina died:
2. #HelloCarol and #TreadLightly
“Breaking Bad” is filled with some awesome one-liners: “I am the one who knocks,” “I am the danger,” “everyone sounds like Meryl Streep with a gun to their head,” “I’m in the empire business,” and pretty much anything Jesse and Saul say.
Last night gave us two memorable lines: “Hello, Carol,” and “If you don’t know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.”
Social media went bonkers, quoting those two lines all evening. But they’re lines that came from two solid moments in last night’s episode. I especially like Carol’s reaction, because it reminds me of “The Godfather” with the rolling oranges (which signifies death, so keep your eyes peeled).
Walt’s threat to Hank is impressively delivered and powerful. It sent shivers down my entire body, and it’s just a taste of what’s to come between these two characters.
1. The foreshadowing fanfic
The best moment from last night’s episode, “Blood Money,” is when Jesse’s friend, Badger, details his screenplay for a “Star Trek” episode. In it, a popular Trek character dies after his stomach is beamed from inside his body; a horrible accident during a pie-eating contest held aboard the USS Enterprise.
Now, this is a wild guess, but I think this scene foreshadows how Jesse will die.
When the episode opens up, we see Walt sneak into his old house to retrieve the ricin he had hidden away. A popular way ricin is used to kill someone is to lace it over food.
My prediction is Jesse will end up ingesting the ricin. And I think it’ll be intentionally done by both Walt and Jesse: Walt feels betrayed by Jesse (or needs Jesse out of the picture) and decides to poison him. Jesse figures it out, notices the ricing in his food, but eats it anyway because he’s unhappy with what he’s become.
Dark, I know. But show creator Vince Gilligan said last year that Walt would do something this season that we, the audience, could never forgive him for. I’m betting this is it.
Alright, I ended on a depressing note. So, here’s something to cheer you up: