‘Breaking Bad’ finale review: Walter White is no Walt Whitman

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You knew that there was going to be some death on Sunday night’s finale for “Breaking Bad” — but who would have imagined that the body count would have really ended up being so high?

This episode did not really waste any time on the likes of many of the supporting characters — it was really all about Walter White, and just how far he was willing to go in order to make sure that there was no more trail leading back to him follow Mike’s death. Following getting the names of his ten people courtesy of Lydia (who just so happened to make a new agreement with him on international sales in order to protect herself), he then hired the right people to take all of the ones in prison out, all at one time. It was a crazy (and slightly unbelievable) moment, but it was still incredibly entertaining to watch.

With these people gone, Walt finally had the freedom to do whatever he wanted, and so he dead — but as the money poured in from his sales and time passed, the inevitable questions started to arise. What happened to the children? Hank and Marie were ready to give them bank, and they wanted to Skyler to be open to it. Of course, there was a problem here still — Walt, and whether or not he was actually interested in living a normal life again now that he has more money than he could ever hope to have in his entire lifetime.

With that, we had a surprise that we didn’t see coming — Walt finally deciding to go “out” after deciding for so long that this is something that he was never going to do. He gave Jesse his money, brought the kids home, and then everything was normal again … that is, until he left his copy of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” at the worst possible spot and assumed that Hank was never going to be looking for reading material on the toilet. The connection to Gale was thus made — and now, Walter White is in for some poetic justice. It was a great end to what was a stellar start to the show’s grand finale — and while we are still stunned that Walt suddenly gave up the empire so quickly (did he know that the cancer was back?), the final few seconds more than made up for it.

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