I have no patience with being coy about spoilers, so, you know, if you haven’t seen it and you’re going to, don’t read this post.
(I, myself, will be in that boat next week, as I will be traveling Sunday night and might not be able to watch the next episode until Tuesday…..)
I lead with that shot, rather than with Walt, Skyler, Hank or Marie (or Jesse! Spinning!) because I think it’s an apt summation of the episode, in which everyone is frantically trying to bury, run from, throw away, not speak of or just not see their sins and the consequences thereof.
But like the cancer, it will all just keep coming back.
And the folly of it all. The horrific folly, as Walt, on the floor of his bathroom – prone, as Jesse was in the opening sequence, just spinning in the dark, staring into, perhaps searching the heavens – telling Skyler that she must keep the money and pass it on to their children or else, of course, all that he’s done will have been for “nothing.”
Walt started cooking because he convinced himself that his family needed the money he would make from harming others more than they needed a father’s presence, even for a shortened time. The decision intersected neatly with his colossal pride, which then creates a new persona – Heisenberg. Walter White runs from death, thinks he has conquered it – buried it – but now it has returned, throwing him back down on the bathroom floor. Just Walt there, dying. Like every one of us, all of our earthly treasures out there in a desert, of no good to a living soul, bought at the price of many dead and suffering ones. Walt thinks he’s done this great thing for his children, willfully refusing to see the true inheritance he’s left, one that’s anything but buried and continues to lurk in the desert, alive thanks to hidden eyes and hushed voices.
There is, of course, loads of speculation as to what is to come. I’ve predicted before that Jesse will die for Walt’s sins. I’m sticking to that. But I’ll add:
*I think Skyler is going to get nailed before Walt – that this is going to be the great, ironic moral cliff that Walt finds himself upon. There’s a money trail associated with Skyler, not to speak of past misdeeds (Ted & the IRS). At this point, there’s nothing solid to connect Walt to any of this, but Skyler has been cooking books and laundering money. That doesn’t offer proof as to the money’s source, but still, she is far more vulnerable to some sort of legal consequences for something than Walt is.
*Who threw the remote at the television as the screen went dark last week? Who stood up and shouted, “NOOOOO!” ?
We need that conversation. My modest prediction is that we’re not going to see it right away. That for at least an episode we’re going to be left in the dark as to what happened in that room. We’ll see Jesse, Hank and Walt acting and interacting, but we won’t know what Jesse told Hank, if anything, and what kind of deal was struck.
I would sort of hate that, but sort of not, because this ride is endlessly intriguing.