Breaking Bad season 5 episode 13 review: To'hajiilee

Review Paul Martinovic 10 Sep 2013 - 06:20

Breaking Bad's home straight is making for unparalleled television. Here's Paul's review of To'hajiilee...

This review contains spoilers.

5.13 To'hajiilee

Spare a thought for your humble reviewer: when you’re this emotionally invested in a show, it’s pretty hard to engage any kind of critical faculties when you eventually come to try to write about it. As I mentioned before in my review of the season four finale, it’s difficult to break down character motivations and ironic foreshadowing and thematic cohesion when you can’t hear anything over the sound of your own brain screaming “FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK”. To be honest, this whole review thing would be a lot easier if I could just replace all these words with one big startled-looking emoticon.

I think the showrunners of Breaking Bad are well aware of this, however. There have been plot points and moments that have stretched credibility in recent episodes – even accounting for the fact that Breaking Bad has always placed verisimilitude way down on its list of priorities. But the fact that we as viewers know that we are heading into the final straight, where anyone can die and anything could happen – on a show already famous for being one where anything could happen - means that the writers know we’ll be too junked out on adrenaline to quibble with some of the more comic-booky flourishes: like minute-long, close quarters shootouts where everybody demonstrates stormtrooper-levels of aiming ineptitude, for example.

But let’s back up a second. To'hajiilee moves like a rocket, directly picking up after Walt’s phone call to his friendly neighbourhood meth neo-Nazi gang, and it's confirmed that he was calling on their services in order to off poor Jesse once and for all. It’s still obvious that it’s a decision he’s taken with no little regret: he again uses terminology more frequently used when putting down a feral animal, asking that it be done quickly and painlessly. The family seem surprised at Walt’s reluctance to take care of Jesse himself, and perhaps this is the moment when they see through Heisenberg’s fearsome reputation. Spotting a hitherto unsuspected vulnerability and weakness, they swing for the fences: they want Jesse’s life, in exchange for a verbal agreement from Walt for one more cook (in truth, it didn’t seem as if he needed too much persuading) and a final farewell lesson for Todd in order to bring him up to speed on the finer points of synthesizing methamphetamine until it blues up real nice.

In the opening scene, we watched an unimpressed but patient Lydia as she listened to Todd and his family attempt to convince her that their clearly transparent meth had an aquamarine hue. Her calm exasperation and seemingly genuine encouragement reveal what a fascinatingly messed-up character she really is; a master of dislocation and compartmentalisation, perhaps even more so than Walt. To overhear her gently push the importance of staying on brand you would think she was delivering a seminar to a team of developers at a start-up website, as opposed to helping a gang of Nazis in a meth lab. She also clearly has the creepy attentions of the terrifying Todd, which I am assuming can only end well for all concerned.

A lot then seems to happen very quickly – Jesse reveals his plan to take down Walt, which is to go after his money. To paraphrase the Dude, as plans go it’s not exactly a Swiss watch: Jesse has no idea where Walt keeps his money. Luckily for him, an intensely-focused Hank is able to quickly fill in the blanks, and he gets the hapless Huell to reveal more details about the location of Walt’s money with a little carefully stage-managed gore and some Heisenberg-esque manipulation.

Then, Hank correctly asserts that Walt must have buried the cash in the desert, and gambles on the possibility that Walt would either not have checked that the van he used to transport the money had GPS, that or he would be too panicked to remember once confronted with the possibility his money was missing. Then, along with Jesse, he lures Walt out into the desert with yet another staged photo (was this episode edited by Piers Morgan or something?), in the process getting Walt to confess to just about every one of his heinous crimes whilst frantically trying to dissuade Jesse from burning his nest egg.

When Walt arrives and twigs the situation, he calls the Nazis to come and take out Jesse – only to rescind his plea for help once he realises that Jesse is with Hank. Is it because he particularly cares for Hank? After all, he was willing to dispatch Jesse when he was on his own.

Or is it that the thought of killing two ‘family’ members (and make no mistake, Jesse is just much family to Walt as Hank is) and another innocent in Gomez is too much even for him to justify? Is it because he is unwilling to directly take on the forces of law and order? Is it because he’s genuinely exhausted (certainly his cancer-induced coughing would suggest that the physical fight appears to be going out of him). Or perhaps could it even be that he grudgingly respects the fact that he had been genuinely outsmarted – a rarity in the series, even more so after his convoluted death-chess triumph over Gus at the end of series four. It’s likely a combination of a little of all of these factors, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Walt is seriously trapped in that moment, with either surrender or death his only options, and it’s all down to Hank.

This is Hank’s big moment, one we’ve been waiting for arguably since the pilot episode. He gets to slap the cuffs on Walt, look him in the eye and read him his rights as a direct result of cunning and brio: a moment of unqualified triumph if ever there was one. It’s surprising, therefore, how hollow this moment feels: as repulsive as Walt is (and the creepy uncle-vibe he was mining in his brief scene with Brock earlier in the episode demonstrated that he is as reprehensible as ever), there’s still part of us – or me, anyway – who wants him to get away with it.

This is partly due to the genius decision by Gilligan and his writers to hit us with that flash-forward so early in the season: we know he ends up as a scary-looking hobo with no house, a different name, and a piece of artillery that could take down a helicopter. As a result, we desperately need to see how that transition unfolds, which means we’ll subconsciously stay rooting for Walt this season even when we know he’s well overdue his hellish comeuppance: we need to see what happens. As these episodes go on and that knowledge permeates and infuses every scene with a palpable dread, inserting that piece of dramatic irony looks more and more like one of the best things this series ever did.

It’s also a bit hollow because Hank is so arrogant – he’s not really able to look past the “I got ’im” mentality and see the bigger picture at this point, which is ultimately going to endanger him in the short term and the long term.

That’s if he has one, because the shootout Hank and Gomez find themselves in at the end of To'hajiilee suggests that they neither of them may be long for this world. Even taking stormtrooper aiming into account, there appears to be little chance that the vastly outnumbered DEA agents will walk away from the shootout unscathed.

Prior to the episode’s inevitable eruption into carnage, Hank makes a fateful, triumphant call to Marie to inform her of Walt’s arrest. What’s interesting in how overtly clichéd it is: the cop talking about loved ones before violently buying the farm was a cliché back in the early nineties when The Simpsons memorably parodied it with McBain: the writers know this, and we know this, so just as we’re primed for Hank’s death at the hands of the returning Nazis they take the opportunity to pull the rug from us once more. Could Hank escape certain death after all? With the programme cutting out Sopranos-style right at the moment the shoot-out hits its peak of intensity, it’s possible. We’re left with an outrageous cliff-hanger that rivals classic Doctor Who episodes as a televisual appropriation of coitus interruptus.

It was rightfully pointed out in the comments last week that it’s a sign of a good show when the review just focuses on the characters as opposed to the production values. That’s still as true as ever, but this week I have to mention how unbelievably good the direction from Michelle McClaren was in this episode. As events spiralled out of control, so did the camera work, with lots of crash zooms and Leone-esque close-ups heightening the already drum-tight tension. Leone – who often gets a hat-tip on the show – would have certainly approved of the final shootout, which played out like an updated version of the Ecstasy of Gold showdown sequence from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, only with hints of Peckinpah, Michael Mann, and John Woo slo-mo gunplay also added to the mix. Put simply, this episode was better directed than 99% of action movies released in any given year.

With its film references, nods and winks to genre tropes and conventions, this felt like one of the most knowing, manipulative episodes of Breaking Bad yet. Let it be clear, this is absolutely not a criticism: Hitchcock is one of the most knowing and manipulative of all film directors, and it didn’t do his career any harm. It feels like there’s a similar level of mastery on display here. There’s wickedness to the way the programme-makers use your own barely-there theories and expectations against you at every opportunity, in order to sustain the high-wire, unsettling atmosphere and wring the maximum amount of visceral impact from every scene.

In the same way that the pleasures of horror films come from being scared by craftsman who know exactly when to dial up the terror, the pleasure of Breaking Bad comes from being drawn into the worst situations imaginable each week by brilliantly talented writers, actors and directors who have total control over their material. It’s exhausting, but there’s no denying: it hurts so good.

As Bryan Cranston told me (*clang*) in my interview with him last year:”The viewers are following even if they don’t want to. They know Breaking Bad is going to swirl down into a morass of ugliness. We’re not going to take nice little note upwards: it’s Breaking Bad. It’s going to be bad…You can scream and fight and rebel against it, but we’re taking you down to hell…”

Read Paul's review of the previous episode, Rabid Dog, here.

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Another brilliant episode, and fantastically weighted. There was a calm to the first 30 minutes then the moment Walt got in the car I'm not sure I took a breath.

Talk about a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ending...

Yep. It just got real. I am obsessed with Lydia though--she needs more screen time!

The last 20 minutes was the most intense tv i have ever seen, brilliant episode

My inkling is that the remaining episodes will be in the 'flash forward' timeframe, eeking out even more suspense and tension as we are left to piece together the aftermath of the shootout and left in the dark with regard to who made it out alive... gives the writers the opportunity to pull the rug out from under us in one of the last episodes...

That could be easily achieved, maybe he spends time in jail and gets unkempt, only to escape and go all 'scarface'... but only if Hank survives this onslaught and brings him in.
What a fantastic Breaking Bad theory of mine....

OK, my theory. One of the meth-Nazi's goes down from a shot by Gomez, they all turn on him and killed two. Hank, meanwhile, is trying to reload his gun, or has run out of bullets.

Hank comes out, hands up, and is forced to release Walt and is made to cuff himself. They then go to the meth lab and take pictures of him cooking as blackmail material.

Not sure where Jesse fits into this, but that's what my guess...

[speechless]

Breaking Bad has never done that, never left a cliffhanger behind. They are always far too keen to show us the consequences. Heck, the second episode actually doubles back so that it can show the true repercussions of the first episode.

Skipping forward can be a powerful device, but it can also be a lazy one used by writers who have no idea how to follow through on what they've set up (look at most of Steven Moffat's Doctor Who two-parters to see examples). Almost any season could have been followed by a break in the narrative, with exactly the same 'piecing together' you suggest, but that's not their way. The Breaking Bad writers know how to keep the tension going even after the cliffhanger, and I'm sure they'll use it.

Basically, the facts are too important to them. The why and the how; there is a reason for everything, and they're going to make us understand in full and complete detail.

Another fantastic episode. it occurred to me near the end that this may be the first time that I was completely rooting for the good guy (Hank) over the bad guy (Walt).
"Fire in the hole bitch!".

As much as I don't want Hank to die, I feel like there's no other way for that shoot out to end. They would have to come up with an extremely good explanation for Hank not to be killed. Plus we've already seen from the Nazis earlier gun fight that they don't leave anyone alive.

"Oh God, Marie's gonna die. Walt's sent Todd to her house.

Oh God, Hank's dead.

Oh God, Jesse's gonna die."

Me, throughout the last ten minutes.

I was left open-mouthed for the last five or ten minutes of that.
Walt arrested?! Nazi death squad? Jesse almost frothing at the mouth as Mr White is cuffed (he called him Walter on the phone, one of the few times he didn't call him Mr White in the show, I think).

GAH!
Such a good show.
*faints*

Great review as always Paul. Been reading your work since season 3 and you consistantly write the best reviews I've read [and I've read them all]

Did you notice the fade to black before Walt gave himself up? What happened during that fade to black that we didn't see??

Not saying you are wrong, but watch closely Gomie got tagged.

The irony for Walt, he has a full head of hair at 52.
Could he have beaten cancer and lost everything else?

Now that would be a twist.

At the risk of sounding a complete dunce I think the fade was the ad-break for the American viewers?

Can't see him getting tagged...

I thought the fade to black was simply there to show 'time passing'. Otherwise Todd's Nazi Crew got tooled up, into their trucks and out to that desert burial ground in about 5 minutes.

Yes must have been to signify a time lapse perhaps...

I'm in two minds about Hank's fate. The viewer in me wants him to survive. But I think the show's reputation would be damaged too much for Hank and Gomey to come out of this unscathed. I think it could have worked if the direction had been better, but the scene just looks like Hank and Gomey were completely out in the open (even though they weren't really). I've seen a LOT of comments complaining about how unrealistic the shootout was, and although on closer inspection you can see that Hank and Gomey were pretty well covered and that the shootout has only really lasted a few seconds (Hank and Gomey made the exact same movements multiple times). I think that was a bout of poor direction, honestly.

Anyway, brilliant episode as always, brilliant review as always. This cliffhanger was even more impactful to me than 'crawl space', which I thought would never get beaten. Can't wait for next week.

I hate Hank. He's doing everything purely for himself. Walt has done everything for other people, defending people he considers family while Hank shows no respect for Jesse and is just out for revenge.

Walt did everything for the money for his family and Jesse is seeking revenge for Brock. Interesting how the only people in the show who are arguably acting somewhat selflessly are these two and now they're enemies...

If one goes down, it's got to be Todd. This gives Uncle Jack a reason to kidnap either Jessie or Walt, or both. They can both cook blue crystal, whereas Todd can't.

How can you possibly buy Walt's BS rationale? Walt stopped cooking meth for his family extremely early on, arguably as soon as he rejected the Grey Matter money in series 1 and chose to cook meth instead. Right there and then, he decided his pride was more important than his family's wellbeing, and that taking money was a worse alternative to cooking meth, endangering his family, and destroying lives.

Even Walt admitted in series 5 that he wasn't doing it for his family. he himself said 'I'm in the empire business'. He let Skyler send his kids away instead of stop cooking meth, and he continued cooking meth in series three after his whole life was destroyed because of it. Walt does his actions almost exclusively to feed his own ego, not for his family. He continues to cook meth after so many people die, because it makes him feel good.

Hank is by no means perfect, but can you blame him for wanting to get Walt? The man completely deserves jail. Walt has been lying to Hank for a year, drove Skyler to commit suicide, has ruined countless lives, is responsible for Hank's shooting, and has done so many evil acts that he is far beyond redemption. He is a terrible, terrible person. Hank has every right to want to get him. Is this obsession blinding him? Yes, absolutely. He's not perfect and willfully putting Jesse in danger is an awful thing to do. He deserves repercussions for that. But he's an angel compared to Walt.

I guess every police officer who wants to catch a criminal who isn't active any more are just selfish and out for revenge...

As I said earlier, this reminds me of the Skyler hate. Everything that Walt does is desperately rationalised when it clearly can't be, and everyone else is made to be evil. With all due respect I can't believe anyone still buys the 'everything i do I do for my family' line. Not even Walt uses that one anymore.

Very very good points. Except, this is a television show and as much as you probably won't admit, the writers put you in an illusion where you feel very close to the protagonist, in this case, Walt. It's almost as if you feel like he's family, and even though he has done many of these bad things, as family members, you learn to forgive after seeing his human side once again. As I said before, you bring up many good points but remember, it's all speculation and how one perceives the show. It's A TELEVISION SHOW, so don't take stuff personality. I'm on team Walt and I'm not a bad person, he's suffered for 5 decades, let him break bad and redeem himself if he chooses and JUST ENJOY THE SHOW!

I completely agree with you that people feel very close to the protagonist. I make that point myself earlier on, and how unnatural it is to be watching the protagonist do such awful things. It's one of the great things about the show! It makes you challenge your loyalties and your traditional way of viewing media. Even if you're on Walt's side I'd be very surprised if at no point you've really disliked him and his actions. I don't see where you got that I'm taking anything personally though. I find people still supporting Walt pretty odd, and interesting, though. I just enjoy discussing Breaking Bad because it's such a fantastic show. I have pretty strong opinions about the characters but I take nothing personally :) I just both discuss it and enjoy it.

I guess it's lack of being able to see expressions on your face that I took it as you calling people out on their morality. My bad, I've just seen some people get very but-hurt over this show because of a difference of opinion, so I may have assumed a little. Wasn't trying to be rude though, just was trying to say to enjoy it and not take it personally but I can see those points are redundant now :P So let me ask you something else so we can stray away from that, what do you think will happen next week on Ozymandias in terms of the shoot-out and IF you think Hank won't make it back to his wife, how long before she breaks bad? ;)

Yeah, tone is very hard to read on the internet. I wasn't trying to be supercilious or anything though, my interpretation of the show is no more valid than anyone else's, and it's not like anyone IRL would actually support Walt. I just personally can't understand why people would support Walt when he just seems to be so obviously horrible to me, but lots of people would say the exact opposite. It's all down to opinion, and that's one of the reasons why Breaking Bad is so great.

I really have no idea what's going to happen to Hank. I've no idea how he can possibly survive this, but it seems odd for the episode to end with him still alive if he's just going to die within the first few seconds of the next episode. My only half decent guess is that Walt is going to throw himself in the line of fire, forcing the Nazis to stop shooting (they need him for the meth). Then, maybe, he'll agree to cook for them as long as they don't kill Hank. That's the only way I can see this playing out with Hank surviving.

But given the theme of the next episode, Ozymandias, there's a good chance Hank is dead. Maybe even Jesse, although I doubt they'd kill him off with three episodes remaining. I think Marie is going to reveal all to Walt Jr regardless of whether Hank survives, and I wouldn't be surprised if Marie ends up killing Walt. That would be an awesome ending! Whatever happens, I just want Walt to get his comeuppance.

I'm posting under my new account, this is WhylerSkite.

Indeed it is haha. Yeah I do see that now, but hey you are one very intelligent person with a lot of elaborative points so I gave credit where credit was due. Honestly again, bravo on your argument for why Walt doesn't deserve peoples sympathy or respect at this point in the story. I do however have a rebuttal to that but I sent you a twitter invitation so that it's easier to discuss.

Very good interpretation, I actually, now that you mention it, think that may be what's coming up in the coming weeks episode, although it may be a bit tough with Walt handcuffed, and bullets flying all around the car for him to get out of the vehicle without mistakenly catching some cross fire. That's what I adore about the story, the directing,keeping us entertained and guessing, but to no avail usually. I mean I foresaw very few things and even then I wasn't certain how it would tie in with the story because the unorthodox style of storytelling, and of course the sheer brilliance of every aspect Breaking Bad has to offer.

Haha that would be amazing. At this point, I don't even want Walt Jr. to find out ONLY because it will break his heart and scar his concious for the rest of his life. He already had a tough life dealing with his fathers illness, to hear about all the horrible things that happened in his fathers wake after having lived 5 decades as someone who didn't even contemplate of anything criminal. I think it would royally ruin the characters life in ways we can only imagine. He's the only one I TRULY want to "win", or in his case, ignorance is bliss.

I very rarely use twitter, so I'm probably missing something, but I can't see an invitation. I didn't even know you could have twitter conversations beyond 120 characters, honestly. Thanks for the compliments! I think you're being generous, though!

Yeah, I'm the first to admit my prediction has a lot of holes. How Walt would get out, handcuffed and locked in the car (I presume) and not get shot I have no idea. But it's the only way I can think of Hank surviving. And I think it's more likely than not that he will, for now at least, otherwise he'd have died at the end of the last episode. I'm sure whatever happens, though, I'll have predicted it wrong.

Yeah, I'd love for Walter Jr to live in blissful ignorance, but we know that that's not going to happen thanks to the teaser at the start of this half season, where he's become infamous. Unfortunately, there's no way Walt is going to live in ignorance of who his dad is when he makes his neighbor freeze at the mere sight of him. So really the only question is how he'll find out. My money is on Marie telling him, but nearly all my predictions have been wrong. The only one I got right was Hank finding out about Walt at the end of the season 5a and I don't think anyone didn't see that coming. And I love that; Breaking Bad constantly keeps me on my toes.

I agree about Walt Jr. He's really the only innocent one in all of this. Hank's completely complacent about whether Jesse lives or dies, Jesse himself is a murderer and, of course, a drug dealer, Skyler an accomplice to Walt's deed. Marie's probably the least 'broken' of the lot of them, which is why I think it'd be a great plot development if she ends up killing Walt. But the ending is probably going to catch us all by surprise.

No problem man, I sent you a message on there, check if you got it. Anyways, I do think you have an open mind with lots to offer, you should be a writer! You have come up with points that no one else really has, or maybe very few (ones that I have not yet come across), which is good because I can tell by your responses you're not the average joe shmoe who has just come on here to argue with people who don't value other peoples opinions, you always have a valid statement too bring to the table so don't ever doubt yourself or when someone compliments your intelligence :P

While that prediction was actually something that I didn't even think of and believe me I was trying to foresee the outcome from many different possible angles, yes there are a few holes as we both mentioned. Although one thing that kinda hinted something and again, I may be wrong, Jesse opening the door slowly. Is he possibly going to run away in the desert while the gun battle is going on? But then again he could get shot once he's gone from the cover of the vehicle he was in if one of the neo-Nazis catch sight of him in the distance. Although as we saw, sometimes when things get crazy everyone just prays and sprays and maybe Jesse will notice this as his only chance at an escape? Oh man it's so hard to watch other television shows now without seeing them as fillers until I get to see the next episode of Breaking Bad, EVEN THOUGH there's a few other shows in which I believe are very on-the-edge-of-your-seat as well.

Yeah you're most likely right, but then again maybe Skyler sets up a trip with the vacuum repair man for her and her son to "Alaska" and comes up with an elaborate lie, so at the very least we have somewhat of a happy ending knowing Walt Jr. doesn't know the total and full extent of his fathers criminal empire and the whole story that goes behind it. Even though you're most likely right, as you mention, because of the teaser at the beginning of 5b, I doubt Walt Jr. would even buy into any BS his parents or anyone has for him. He's developed as every other charachter has on the show, and every other charachter has either broken bad or have seen the broken bad, I'm sure it's Walt Jr.'s turn now; he'll find out everything :o and then him and Marie will KILL WALT!!! :p Man I really just want to go back and watch the episode and try to decipher it, but I'm smarter than to think that the writers won't completely blow us away, as they have done every time.

It was an ad-break. I watched everything up to the 2nd half of season 5 on Netflix, without ads, and with fades. This 2nd half, I've been watching live, and the ads are KILLING me, even fast-forwarding through them on the PVR. Aggghh. Talk about breaking tension.

Here's another way: Gomez has been shot so he will die. Jessie escapes at the rear of the shootout. The Nazis' realising they can't kill Jessie, capture Hank to use a possible bargaining chip with Walt. They will quickly put together the family connection, given Walt's pleading for them not to do anything (why would Walt not want the Nazis to take out cops arresting him?) and force Walt to cook under threat of them killing Hank. I don't want to make any predictions beyond that - but I woke up from a dream this morning and that plot came to my head...

yeah he does

Brilliant final season so far especially when compared to the sorry bunch of crap that is Dexter.

Please can someone take Hank out - it's not a Walt Vs Hank thing for me - I don't really like Walt anymore but Hank is an arrogant asshole and really deserves to be taken down a peg or two, not by being shot and killed though, that would be a bit much. And Marie is beyond irritating too.

Not sure what they can do with the Lydia storyline, it feels like they could have left it alone without anyone much caring but now I'm slightly concerned that they are trying to make something out of nothing which may then end up feeling incomplete.

And where has Skylar been the last couple of episodes? She surely deserves more than to be left without any kind of plot involvement at this late stage? I feel sorry for the actor who has put so much into 5 seasons to find herself sidelined at the end - I hope they rectify that.

Wow - I thought I was reading a review, not a frigging transcript of the whole episode. Learn some writing skills Paul.

I'd have a hard time buying that though. They're in the middle of nowhere and we see uncle jack look over at Jesse in the car, so he knows someone is in there. I can't see Jesse getting very far on foot without being seen.

Also I don't think the Nazis know who hank is, so I'm not sure how they would come to the conclusion of using him as a bargaining chip before actually gunning him down.

But it wouldn't surprise me if they find a way.

Hank will die and the Nazi crew will take Jesse hostage as a cook to improve the purity levels while Walt goes on the run to evade the cops and when he regains strength from chemo under a different alias he gets the scarface gun and risin for an epic showdown to save Jessie and avenge Hanks death.

In the shoot out against the Nazis, Walt ultimately succeeds in saving Jesse and just before he dies from gunfire he tells a weeping Jesse (who realises that Walt cares about him despite the Brock poisoning and the lying) ends up returning to the desert and gives the money to Skyler and then leaves for Alaska.. The End!

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The only way I see everyone getting out of this is if Walt offers the buried cash to the Nazis in return for letting everyone live. He loses his money but they also get rid of the evidence so it doesn't matter then Hank and Gomi know about him as there is no proof.

No idea how they get from the end of this episode to a negotiating position though.

Heartbreak moment of the season: imagine Walt Jn's little face when he realises the truth about his father - and his mother. Far from an A1 day...

Amazing episode except for one thing - Hank has no physical evidence on Walt to arrest him..Maybe a gun charge but that's it and Hank would never settle for that. It would be sad if the writers did.

Chemo is the cause of hair loss, not cancer.

I still want Walt to succeed and at least get out alive with money. Hank has always irritated me and I was routing for Walt all the way over Hank. People who seem to want to bring in real life morality seem to forget this is fiction. In the real world I don't know any meth cooks or DEA agents. And yes of course in the real world I support what the DEA do in principle and have no time for criminals. But this is the great thing about fiction, you don't need to use your real like morality, you can route for Walt without being a sociopath.

you clearly didn't watch the sixth episode of third season. "One Minute"

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