The Sopranos had its Journey; Breaking Bad has its Badfinger’s “Baby Blue.”
WALTER WHITE WAZ HERE will be the song’s top YouTube comment until the end of time.
It was the perfect song to end with.
What a great episode. I can’t wait to talk about it.
You have to wait 241 days to talk about it. Otherwise mobs of people will complain about spoilers.
Should have ended it with another Marty Robbins song. Great episode.
I was just happy the Marty Robbins thing was the source and I liked seeing the tape. Big Marty Robbins fan here!
Big iron would have been so perfect in the car.
i teared up…
I liked the episode but I wanted more than a willing death by Walter White.
Somewhat predictable, but still awesome.
God, where to begin?
Ok, that was basically perfect. I have one gripe but I will get to that.
It was completely unexpected and wonderfully surprising how they worked Gretchen and her husband into it. I worried that Walt would waste vengeance on them but it was perfect the way he used them.
The ending was as expected as an ending could be with this show, but it was so satisfying and cathartic.
My only issue is the ricin… I watched that coffee shop scene as close as I could and I still don’t know how Walt poisoned Lydia without her noticing. Not only that, but using it on her is just kind of anticlimactic after 5 seasons of build up with it considering she really didn’t have THAT much to do with the hell that rained down on Walt at the end.
Regardless, that’s small potatoes, and congrats Gilligan and Co. for making as good of a finale as they could.
I was satisfied and it was incredible.
She was a creature of routine, which he even said to her during their three-way meeting. He knew which table she would sit at and that she would use the Stevia. So, he made his own Stevia/Ricin packet. If you notice, there was only one packet available.
That’s how I saw it, anyway.
I took it as…he had already put the ricin in that one Stevia packet. Making sure it was the only one present. It was done before she got there. He knew what table she would head for, I guess.
He knew that she had tea there every Tuesday morning, at the same seat. Like he said, she is a massive creature of habit. So he snuck the Ricin into the stevia just knowing she’d drink it up.
The only thing I could figure is that he put it in the packet before Lydia or Todd arrived….hence it being the only one at the table. How Walt knew which table they’d take….her ‘habit’ I guess. I can live with it :)
Anyway, that part was uncharacteristically telegraphed last week :(
Thanks guys, that makes perfect sense and clears it up.
THAT SAID, i still think using the ricin on Lydia is anticlimactic
The ricin isn’t anticlimactic…only because Lydia was the one who sent the neo-Nazis to threaten Skyler and WW’s family, and then complained that freaking Todd didn’t kill them. She would have sent others after the family, so she needed to die.
I re-watched it too thinking maybe there was a slight-of-hand switch of the Stevia packet. But then I realized what the others are saying…Lydia’s a creature of habit, so he’d already made the switch.
@aliciawatkins – i forget, did walt visit skylar for the last time before or after that coffee shop scene?
Idk, I don’t have cable so just rewatched the season online and had to read liveblogging for the finale…but it’s clear to the audience from the episode before this that Lydia had told Todd to go “take care of” Skyler.
And honestly if it had just been a “do it because Mike told you to” situation, I’d still be pretty satisfied with that, personally — because *Mike.*
I’m just not convinced that if Walt DIDN’T see Skylar before seeing Lydia (again, i don’t remember the order of how it went so don’t jump down my throat people) that it makes sense.
@dissident- You’ll notice that there are a lot of parallels between Lydia’s behavior and Walt’s behavior back in the Gus days. It’s safe to say that Walt could realize the same thing and he knows what kind of person he’s dealing with.
Mike should have blasted the bitch when he had the chance. Kid in the other room be damned
No questions left unanswered…except for what will Jesse do now that he’s got a ton of free time on his hands.
Probably crash the car into a tree while driving 90 miles an hour around a sharp curve and screaming until he runs out of breath.
What about Huell?
I called the Grey Matter stuff in last weeks discussion. Give me all the badges now.
Somehow this song playing over the final scene made me smile. The whole thing was fan-fucking-tastic.
I need a cigarette.
I can’t wait until next week!
/curls up into a ball
Low Winter Sun isn’t that bad.
/Low Winter Sun is totally that bad.
Pretty appropriate song choice considering the amount of tragedy Badfinger had.
I am now free from watching Low Winter Sun. I know how Jesse felt at the end.
+ soooooooooooo many ones.
That show never had a chance. It looked decent.
it might have a better chance now that it doesn’t have to come on after the last few episodes of BB. I gave it 3 episodes but got tired of watching it while trying to catch my breath.
Yeah, it was pretty much perfect. Great series ending. Glad they managed to fit Badger and Skinny Pete back in – didn’t expect to see them again at all.
So after he sped off in that El Camino, does Jesse change his name to Tobey, and start racing high-performance cars in Need for Speed?
I would like to say that Badfinger is fantastic. They have a ton of great music.
Two weeks until Walking Dead…Two weeks until Walking Dead…Two weeks until Walking Dead…Two weeks until Walking Dead…
That’ll do, Vince. That’ll do.
I’m so glad that the music for this show is finally getting talked about. It’s never too late, I guess.
Seriously though, the music in this series has been spot-on at every turn.
I was hoping to see the Jesse picture in video with him saying ‘That’s all Bitch!”
Clint Eastwood approves of the subtlety of that song: [www.youtube.com]
Badfinger were a band who had some incredible early success, but went into business with a guy who was known to hang around Nazis, and he stabbed them in the back and destroyed their fortune. A few months later, the leader of the group committed suicide. SOUND FAMILIAR?!?! NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY, VINCE GILLIGAN IS A GENIUS!@!!@ MINDHOLE BLOWN!@!!!!
Bravo, Vince Peet!
Ah, gods. This song drives the pain even more deep.
In the end, Walter destroyed some of the evil he unwittingly created, and provided his family with the money he earned, that he truly started out his life of crime for.
But he died, knowing he would never have any credit for providing for his family, and that was fine with him. Finally finding some redemption in a selfless manner, and setting Skyler free emotionally with his confession of being addicted to winning.
Here’s to you Walter, one of the most complex, greatest characters I’ve ever seen.
And here’s to you, Jesse. May you finally manage to find a life for yourself.
I kinda wept…
I miss Breaking Bad already! What am I going to do with my life from now on?
Here’s to Jesse maybe still managing to find a life worth living, and Walt finding a measure of redemption. In the end he did what he truly only meant to do at the start: provide for his family after his death, before an addiction to winning and empire building took over. Now his children will get his money but without ever knowing it comes from him. No credit or appreciation for it will come his way, even post-humously…but in the end, he’s finally okay with that, while also catching a bullet for Jesse, destroying the blue meth empire, and dying on his own terms.
All hail the most powerful tv drama ever.
What brought the cops? Why investigate this compound of weapons wielding nazi citizens
I would assume a M60 firing off 1000+ rounds, along with an El Camino crashing through a gate going 60 MPH.
Who the hell would have heard this but missed all the killing there a few weeks ago?
I was wondering the same thing. I still can’t figure it out.
that was at a different location, they stripped the place and relocated. I think.
Clearly, this song and “Crystal Blue Persuasion” had been in their back pocket for a long time. I’d bet they had “Baby Blue” in mind before they even wrote the ending.
I was hoping for Todd’s ringtone
The song was also used very effectively in Scorsese’s ‘The Departed.’ There are great hooks in this Badfinger track — give some other songs of theirs a try.