Spoilers, spoilers, blah blah blah…
It’s official. Sin corrodes, infects, invades, seduces, blinds, hardens and, well, kills.
As per usual, there will be rewatching, but my immediate response centers around Skyler, Hank and Jesse.
….and my theory that Jesse Pinkman functions as the “Christ figure” in Breaking Bad not because he is sinless, but because he will be scapegoated and made to die for the Sins of Walt..
…which it turns out, just might be the sins of us all.
Now, I don’t know if Jesse will actually die or not, but the takeaway from this episode is that the growing conventional wisdom is that he is, at the very least, expendable, and at most, needs to die.
First, Saul, pulling another Metaphor-For-The-Ages out of his lovely collar, leftover from 1977, planting the seed that Jesse is just like Old Yeller, another rabid dog.
Followed immediately by Skyler, chilling and hard, shocking even Walt.
What’s one more?
But to me, the most shocking moment was Hank’s dismissal of Jesse’s life. As long as Walt gets got, all is well. If Jesse has to die for that cause, so be it.
Marie’s musing to her therapist were not about Jesse, but about Walt, but the same trajectory was on display. She had become obsessed, she admits, by the possibility of killing Walt. She can hardly think about anything else. She is entranced by the possibility.
There was much delicious irony in this episode. Jesse’s staredown with a might-be hitman – someone whom I actually thought had been one of the cleaning crew. There was a return of the humor – as great as recent episodes have been, that kind of gonzo, off-the wall humor that marked the series has been absent, so Jesse’s outburst that “Yeah, Mr. White’s gay for me – everyone knows that!” was a welcome return.
Now, I don’t think Jesse’s statement that he has ‘better way” to get Walt is anything but a craftier plan of vengeance and entrapment, but still….it slips nicely into my theories…..