So I’ve watched the last episode of Breaking Bad three times now and although I’ve enjoyed it every time I can’t help but wonder if there is something I’m missing. I’ve read far too many great TV writers that seem confused and even disappointed by Felina and all of it’s straight lines and perfectly executed plans for there not be something sinister hiding in the cracks. So allow me to go out on a limb; Walter White sold his soul to Devil while hiding in the car at the beginning of Felina. Sound far fetched?
Well consider this:
- While police seemingly surround the car he is hiding in Walt prays out loud, “Just get me home. I’ll do the rest.” From that point onward, everything falls in place with a precision unlike anything we’ve seen on this show before. It starts with the keys falling into his lap and his Fonzie-like tap on the window and continues with many other bits of business that feel way to polished for this show.
- Walt seemingly appears out of thin air in several scenes. First at stately Schwartz manor, Walter surprises his former colleagues and executes a bit of hair-brained genius. From there Walt heads to the Grove where he not only manages to stake out Lydia and Todd but also to exact some artificially sweet revenge in an almost magical slight of hand. Lastly we get the White family closure as director Vince Gilligan reveals Walt from behind a pillar. Yes, this last one might be a stretch as the appearance is clearly designed to create a dramatic moment for the viewer, but in a show that has been so clear and focused with what and when it chooses to show us, it’s hard not to at least consider why. Lastly isn’t it strange that Jesse almost appears to drive right through before he turns the car around and crashes the gate to his freedom?
- He doesn’t get caught, like ever. Not only does Walt drive a stolen vehicle across the country - Marie tells Skylar that the Police know Walt has been driving a Volvo he took from the Granite State - yet he still takes the time to scarf down his birthday breakfast in a Denny’s! Isn’t it also strange that Vince Gilligan chooses to show us that there are Police watching Jr. as he steps off the bus. Is Gilligan trying to tell us that Walt is Ninja-like in his ability to evade the law or does he want us to at least consider that the Police would never be able to see him? Finally, once the dust has settled and the Badfinger song kicks in we watch as Walt falls to the ground and the Police arrive at the scene of the crime. As they filter into the lab they walk right past New Mexico’s most infamous criminal deeper into the lab looking for something else perhaps. Does this seem odd to you?
Anyway, I may be reading way too much into the last sixty-minutes of an amazing 62 hour ride, but based on my experience with Breaking Bad everything seems too tidy to be a coincidence. Sure the Devil might be a bit too “Spooky” Mulder for this particular show, but considering where Vince Gilligan cut his teeth I wouldn’t put it past him.