TV Review: Breaking Bad—”Say My Name”

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First off, I apologize for the tardiness of this week’s review.  I’ve simply been crying to much to see my screen.  Yes, one of the best characters on Breaking Bad, a man who’s been there since Season 2, is gone.  And by Walter White’s hand, no less.  Well that final scene was rather predictable, it didn’t hinder it in the slightest; it was a beautiful and appropriate way for Mike to go out.

And something else died in that scene too; the last shred of sympathy I have for Walter White.  I remember at the end of Season 4, I was on his side.  Now, I want the bastard to die.  It’s weird; when he shot Mike, I honestly thought it was with the most genuine emotions we’ve seen from him this season.  Unfortunately, that emotion was anger.  Walt was acting like a petulant child having a tantrum…but sadly for us all, this child had a gun.  And even though Walter White clearly felt guilty afterwards, it doesn’t make up for the fact that, for the first time in his life, he killed a man in cold blood.  It wasn’t self defense, he can’t rationalize it in his mind.  He killed out of spite.  He’s a cold blooded murderer now.

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Final scene aside, this was another standout episode of Breaking Bad in what has been a pretty fantastic season.  All the pieces are in place now, and you can really feel things are starting to go…umm, “bad” at this point.  Jesse is out.  Skylar has essentially left Walt.  And his kids have been taken away from him.  All that’s left for Walter White is meth.  And Todd.  Oh yes, Todd.  I’m still not sure were exactly Todd is going to fix into things, but I’m curious to find out.  Breaking Bad isn’t the show to waste a character, especially one as interesting as Todd.

It sucks to say it, but next week is the season finale of Breaking Bad.  In less than five days, will be without Breaking Bad for another year at the very least.  If anything, this finale is coming way, way too soon.  I’m not ready to have a break with this show yet.  We still have so much to see, so much to discover.  And with only nine episodes left in the whole series, we don’t have much time to find out.  Either way, I’m sure things will end with a bang.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

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Loose Ends:

-I freaking cheered during the scene where Jesse finally let Walt have it.  At this point, Walt is the only thing stopping Jesse from getting out, from being done with the meth trade.  And Walt plans to stop him at every turn.

-Speaking of that scene, it ended with a very “I made you, and I can destroy you!” vibe to it.  Please don’t kill Jesse, Vince Giligan.  I don’t think I can take it.

-The scene where Mike had to leave his granddaughter behind was heartbreaking, and incredibly well acted by Jonathan Banks without the use of a single line of dialogue.  Banks should really get an Emmy nom this year for his work.

-It’s sad to think that Mike’s only reason to join Jesse and Walt was to make enough money to provide for his family, ala Walter White in Season 2.  Now his granddaughter has nothing, and will never know what happened to her grandpa.  Meanwhile Walt, who doesn’t even really give a damn about his family anymore, is walking around with millions of dollars. 

-Even though I predicted that Walt would shot Mike with his own gun, I still thought that, when Mike got in his car, he was safe.  He would just drive down to Mexico and live the rest of his days in peace.  And then my hopes were shattered.

-“Shut the fuck up, and let me die in peace.”  Even on his deathbed, Mike’s one badass motherfucker.  R.I.P, Michael Ehrmantraut.  May you forever make sure that Wendell gets his proper share of the feed in heaven.

—Matthew