Breaking Bad Finale Breaks Up in “Felina”

Jessenia Preciado ’15
Contributing Writer

“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it, and I was … really … I was alive.”
– Walter White

Breaking Bad ended big on AMC on Sunday, Sept, 29, with a television audience of more than 10 million. It was the moment that brought a bitter sweetness to the hearts of fans who have watched the journey and transformation of Walter White into his badass alter ego Heisenberg. The finale has received several excellent reviews to the point that many media sources are calling it “one of the best endings any show has ever had.” Now it is time for a little review done by one of your fellow Smithies.

I have watched Breaking Bad until the end with such passion that I must admit I’m still suffering post-BrBa depression. “Felina” was indeed a great ending, and not mainly because of action or those twisted plots we love, but because Vince Gilligan, along with his writers, managed to close all loose ends. Although a part of me wanted the suspense and gut wrench that “Ozymandias” caused, the finale gave the audience what they wanted and left us with closure and a clear picture of the fate of the main characters.

Let me not forget to mention that the writers also managed to have Walt somehow pick himself up from rock bottom and make as many things right as he could.

In the beginning of the episode, we see Walt trying to start a vehicle he found with a screwdriver and being unsuccessful. He then pauses and says “Just get me home. I’ll do the rest, just get me home.” To me, it was clear that he was speaking to Heisenberg, asking to help him one more time to obtain what he wants.

As I mentioned before, Breaking Bad’s writers allowed Walt to solve many problems in this finale. We saw him back in Heisenberg mode, ending his enemies by using his intellect and the amazing laws of science. He devised a way to get his money to his family: he delivered to Skyler a literal ticket out of jail (a lottery ticket with coordinates to where he had initially buried his money and where Hank and Gomez were now). He also freed Jesse and finally poisoned Lydia with the ricin all fans were eager for him to use. All of these moments made this episode the success that it is, but personally, I received not only closure, but also great satisfaction when Walt was finally true to himself — when he admitted to Skyler after giving her the lottery ticket that everything he did he had done for himself because he simply enjoyed it and felt truly alive.

This show will always be one of my favorites. Aside from loving its epic moments, I also enjoyed it because I could relate to Walter White. All his life, it seemed that he had tried to do the right things, making others satisfied, and was unable to fully achieve the things he wanted. Suddenly, he found out death was coming to him and felt an urge to “provide” for his family by cooking meth, and yet by doing so he found thrill and life. Heisenberg was the part of him that allowed him to not live in fear, to feel powerful and to finally satisfy his pride.

For a long time, when I lived with some family members, I was an introvert. I could not do certain things, such as join extracurricular activities, because as a woman I should be going home right after school and nowhere else. One day, an uncle told me I would not be successful or be able to provide for my mother when she was too old to care for herself. From that point on, I did what I desired and disobeyed them in every way I could.

Once I entered college, I only became more outgoing and spoke with professors about anything that bothered or concerned me, even if that included their styles of teaching. I joined as many clubs as my time allowed and tried to achieve the highest positions I could because of the joy I took in being a leader, teaching, and helping others. Yes, although I did not turn rebellious to the point of using my background in biological sciences to create a zombie virus, I did go against the authority that was holding me captive. What was at first a very first rebellious moment became something that I realized I enjoyed and that showed me I actually had an extrovert hidden in me.

Overall, I think we all have our own “Heisenbergs;” it all just depends on the situations life presents us with. So in the end, if one day your Heisenberg does decide to come out, just remember to tell all of those who try to get in your way to “tread lightly.”

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