Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 16 — “Felina”

The erector set of doom (AMC Networks)

The erector set of doom (AMC Networks)

It’s over. There’s no more Breaking Bad to be had. “Felina” wasn’t a perfect ending, but it was still fitting for everything that had come before. There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said. (Although I don’t believe this was 100% fantasy.) So here’s what I do know:

  • Walter White is still a bastard. I don’t think he was truly repentant when he talked to Skylar and Jesse. That was just more of his act, appearing contrite so he could assuage his guilty conscience.
  • Jesse’s exuberance will be short-lived. He’s experienced too much loss, too much pain, to make a clean getaway.
  • Skylar will never be free, because she was an accomplice. Her hands are red too.
  • Jesse Plemons should win the guest actor Emmy next year for being so thoroughly charming and creepy all season. Robert Forster would be the runner-up.
  • Breaking Bad is the best drama series I’ve ever seen (and no, I haven’t seen The Sopranos, The Wire or Deadwood).
  • Bryan Cranston can do whatever he wants at this point. I just hope he chooses better movies.
  • Dean Norris is going to be great in B-movies from now until the end of time. I still hope he gets nominated for an Emmy for “Ozymandias” next year.
  • Skylar haters can shut it. Marie was always the most annoying.
  • Whatever happened to Huell?
  • The world needs more Badfinger and especially more Marty Robbins.
  • In the end, it’s supremely fitting that Walter was killed by his own machine.
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