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9 Open Questions At The Midpoint of ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 5

By / 09.04.12

Marie’s Shirt — Everyone has picked up on the fact that Marie — who is always seen wearing purple — was seen wearing a yellow shirt in the scene out by the pool. What does it mean? What is the symbolism of yellow? Considering that it’s also the color that Walt and Jesse wear while making meth, that it’s one of the colors of the fumigation tents, that it was a color often worn by Gus, and that it is the color of Hazard signs, it’s reasonable to believe that Marie is now a threat to Walt. Will she be the one that helps Hank to connect the dots?

Leaves of Grass — Whether or not he’s gotten out of the meth trade, the biggest question remaining is why was Leaves of Grass sitting on his toilet? One argument says it was a silly, accidental mistake, but the other says that it was intentional. That Walt — who is dying — wants to be caught. He wants credit for making millions. He built an empire. He killed a lot of people. He was in it as much for the power as for the money. Would his ego allow him to disappear quietly? Walt is a meticulous man who never makes a mistake. I think he would rather be found out than die anonymously. His ego is too big. I also think the money to Jesse was not just a peace offering, but a message to Jesse to split. Get out of town. Things are about to go pear shaped.

Will Walt Find Redemption — On a personal level, this is the most important open question to me. Will Walt find redemption? Will he continue piling up bodies, grabbing power, and adding to his coffers, or will the virtuous chemistry teacher who only wanted to ensure that his family lived comfortably after his death return?

Whether or not you believe that Walt is wearing a wire in the flash-forward sequence, I do believe that he’s working with the Hank and the DEA. The specter of death can have a profound effect on even the most evil of people. The fact that he’s grown back his hair, distancing himself from Heisenberg (and apparently, giving up on chemotherapy treatments) suggests to me that, in the end, he’ll deliver on his promise to Skyler that she will like him again before it’s all over. I think he’ll want to not only ensure his legend remains intact, but that he’ll want to do right by his family. He certainly feels a lot of love for Walt Jr. and Holly, and I think he’s going to want to do something to gain their respect, especially if Walt Jr. finds out the truth about him.

I believe Walt’s story is one of a anti-hero turned villain turned tragic hero, a man felled by his own hubris. But I do think that Vince Gilligan will pull off a narrative feat by making us feel compassion for him before again before it’s all over. We’ll find out next summer.


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