Holy crap. Last night’s episode of Breaking Bad still has my heart palpitating. I wasn’t ready for that at all. I knew bad things were bound to happen, but I didn’t know I was about to have to ski with one leg down a double black diamond on “Rip My Heart Out Mountain”. I thought last night’s episode would let me “french fry and pizza” my way down a bunny slope that would eventually lead up to what we all saw last night, but no. Vince Gilligan totally redefined the word “cliffhanger” last night.
Fans of Breaking Bad were treated to the most intense episode of the show yet, and it left me screaming at my TV wanting more. That led me to write this short but sweet article. I’m about to break Breaking Bad. If you’re not in the mood for spoilers, you should go back to watching Kony 2012 or reading posts on the SubReddit that thinks Nicholas Cage is God.
This is what’s going to happen on the next few episodes of Breaking Bad (maybe). Keep in mind, this is my theory. Nothing more. Gilligan has been known to surprise me with the way this twisted story unfolds, but I’ve put a couple of clues and theories together in hopes of deciphering what lies ahead. With the way Gilligan keeps surprising me, odds are, things will turn out completely different. Enjoy!
The next episode’s title is “Ozymandias”. If you were living under a rock in July you may have missed when AMC posted a video of Bryan Cranston reading an eerie poem. If this next episode plays out like the poem reads, several people are going to die. Check out the video here:
For those with no speakers, here is the poem’s transcript:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away .
Yikes… This leads me to believe Hank, Gomie, and several members of Meth Damon‘s squad are going to die. Don’t get your panties in a wad Jesse fans. In last night’s episode we see Jesse open the car door. I think he gets away. I could be wrong, but I believe there will be a greater confrontation between him and Walt we haven’t seen play out yet. I’ll get to that in a moment. Let’s move on to the next clue shall we?
The cold opens from episode 1 and episode 9 of this season.
In episode 1’s cold open we see a dying Walt purchasing a M60 machine gun after he abandoned his New Hampshire plated car. The title of the episode is “Live Free or Die” which also happens to be New Hampshire’s motto. So plan on that tiny state to have an impact on our favorite show’s destiny. Walt also uses the last name of “Lambert” in this scene, which is Skyler’s maiden name.
The cold open from episode 9 involves Walt returning to his home to retrieve the ricin. The ricin will (maybe) be taken by Walt, before whatever shootout is about to take place to ensure his death. He is wanting to die regardless on if he makes it out of this gunfight alive or not. This leads me to believe a lot of the people he cares about are dead. Although this is important, it isn’t what should be noted as the big reveal. The big reveal of this cold open though is the name “Heisenberg” spraypainted on the wall of his living room that is now left in the lurch. We know, society knows who he once was. We also know his house is in ruins with no family to be seen. Where are they?
I’ll try to break this down the best way I can. I could be in total left field on this one so excuse me if I’m wrong… These cold opens are all about what kind of legacy and fortune the great Heisenberg left his family. We see that he has no family, and we also see Walt make a “52” out of the bacon at Denny’s Skyler style. The last shred of humanity he has left is coming into play here. He is regretful and wants to avenge his family. We can tell he has nothing left by Cranston’s brilliant acting. Is Skyler dead or in jail? Is Holly dead or now in the custody of a grieving Marie? Is Walt Jr. in a breakfast induced coma? These are the questions I had after seeing that cold open.
One thing we can be certain of, is Walt’s imminent death as a man in hiding. From Clue #2, I think it’s safe to assume Walt made a phone call asking for a new dust filter for his Hoover MaxExtract PressurePro model 60 (yes it’s a real vacuum). A new identity would be his only way out if he was indeed now known publicly as Heisenberg.
Okay, so we know Walt is about to go all Rambo on some people, but who and why? Todd’s uncle and their crew, or some form of a highly guarded Lydia? The reason for this Waltified version of Scarface’s last stand is revenge. Although Hank and Walt are now openly mortal enemies, Hank is still family. Walt isn’t going to be too upset if Gomez dies, but Hank dying is out of the question. He never asked for that. He only wanted Old Yeller (Jesse) dead.
Speaking of Jesse…
Jesse Pinkman’s death:
My theory is pretty murky water. This is the only thing I’m not 100% sure of. I’ll tell you what I think is about to happen though…
Walt loves Jesse. Jesse loves Walt. Even after Walt called him a coward and Jesse spit into his mouth, they still have a mutual father/son love for each other. The gun battle will leave Hank, Gomez, and some of Todd’s crew for the buzzards. I believe Jesse will be shot as he tries to leave the scene and left for dead. With the “job” done. The living members of Todd’s crew will flee. The only people alive in the desert are Walt and a wounded Jesse. Walt holds Jesse and tells him he’s sorry. Jesse forgives him and also apologizes while coughing up blood. Walt tells Jesse he’s like a son to him. Jesse dies in Walt’s arms. Even though Walt gave the order to kill Jesse, his death is going to be the driving force behind him turning against Todd’s crew.
How is Walt identified as Heisenberg publicy?
How does the world know Walter White was Heisenberg? Walt’s DVD plan he gave to Hank and Marie seemed flawless at the time. The only crutch to this plan was Hank staying alive. I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but Marie likes to talk. She almost told her therapist about Walt, but surprisingly refrained. Hank’s death will be the machete that slices her bag of beans wide open.
The next episode will consist of Walt fleeing town after Hank and Jesse’s deaths. With Hank working off the grid it will give Walt time to flee, before Marie finds out of his death. We know Marie is going to go ape shit after learning of Hank’s death. We also know Skyler calls Walt to find out where he is from next week’s preview. He’s gone boo. The estate Walt leaves his family in is in ruins.
Where to now?
If all my theories are at least somewhat right, what does that mean for fans of the show? It means the next three episodes are going to be some of the most gripping TV we’ve ever seen. Walt Jr. finding out about his father is going to make me cry more than I did during Free Willy. Walt’s revenge is destined to leave viewers breathless. Marie going insane is surely going to be entertaining. This story isn’t going to have a happy ending. It can’t, and I honestly can’t wait.
Again, these are just my theories. If you have your own, please comment below. I’m sure they’re better than mine. If you disagree or want to call me an idiot then there’s always this photo: