The finale ultimately rung hollow for me. I honestly feel like Gilligan would have left the show with a stronger ending with Ozymandias instead of bringing Walt back into a space of some sort of likability by providing for his family and rescuing Jesse. I was also disappointed that the characters of Flynn and Skyler ultimately seemed unresolved -- I was hoping for something a little meatier at some point during this series but Gilligan seemed content to use them as shallow foils for Walt.
Things I did like about the finale:
- Jesse as Jesus-like carpenter, which served to both reward long-time viewers as a reference to Jesse's box he built in shop class for his mother but then sold for weed instead of giving to her, and also served provide a sort of religious allegory (Jesus was a carpenter, Pinkman suffers for the sins of Walt, etc).
- The choice to bring Badger and Skinny Pete back (that pair seem to be pulled straight out of the Rosencrantz & Guildenstern playbook to me).
- The beautifully haunting sequence with Walt in the snow-covered car waiting for the police lights to recede in the distance, and the visual tie-in to the repeated theme of blue ice.
- Walt's spot-on impression of the reporter while on the phone with the Gray Matter administrative assistant lady. (Do any of you have any theories as to why Walt removed his watch?)
Also, on first view, seeing the camera pull back from Walt's body in a sort of classic drifty overhead shot made me think he had finally decided to try his baby blue, and had gone out on a meth overdose. Which would have been a pretty fantastic way to end-- really hitting home that his one true love was the product all along. But as the camera pulled back and I realized there were no tell-tale signs or paraphernalia, I realized I was probably wrong.
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I forgive every error or shortcut in the finale for two perfect moments
"It was for me. I liked it. I was good it it. I was... alive".
Although bringing Gretchen and Elliot into the finale seemed a little bit forced to me -- they were there to serve as a way to get the money to Flynn, but Gilligan never really resolved Walt's relationship with them or what DID happen to cause such a rift in the Gray Matter days.
Last edited by jackstraw94086; 09-30-2013 at 12:06 PM.
Either way, I'm glad he saved him. That was really what I wanted in the end.
But I really felt bad for Walt Jr. He got no closure. Last words to his father were that he wished he would just die already. He looked so sad limping up to the door of that shitty apartment in those crutches.
Hopefully that money cures a little of his pain
I just wish he could've known that Walt never killed Hank or Gomez. I know he killed a lot more people, but Hank's death was the one that really seemed to destroy his son. At least he got to see him one last time even if he didn't get to speak to him or hug him.
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Yes. What ever will become of this fictional character's future now that the show they were on ceases to exist?