The end is near. After four seasons of lying, killing, dodging death and cooking meth, our heroic anti-hero Walter White will presumedly make his peace in this upcoming fifth and final season of AMC’s epic Breaking Bad. It’s been a good run, and I’ve always finished every episode on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next, but all good things come to an end and the creators of the show are doing it a favor by not dragging it out too long. In wake and in honor of this upcoming last installment (premièring in the US on July 15th) , here are four of the show’s best moments thus far.
"THIS, IS NOT METH."
Walt’s triumphant Season 1 moment. He’s in a room with adversary and gang banger Tuco, in the man’s own headquarters, in fact, and Tuco is mocking Walt, growling at him, and Walt just stands there and takes it. Finally Tuco concludes in jeering question, “Let me get this straight; I steal your dough, I beat the piss out of your new boy, and then you walk in here and bring me more meth?” Walter calmly picks up a small bag of mercury fulminate, an explosive Tuco had mistaken for meth, and says, “you got one part of that wrong. This, is not meth,” and he throws the bag and it explodes and guess who has the upper hand now? Guess who? Walter White.
EVERY TIME JESSE TELLS SOMEONE OFF
I think it not only rather ironic but a good twist as well that Jesse Pinkman, the high school dropout, ex-addict and definition of thug life is often times the voice of reason. Though his diction is tainted with street language and his thought process hardly scientific in comparison to his partner’s, Jesse is the one who brings Walt to his senses and becomes, despite his less-than-ethical methods, the moral guardian through pressuring times. His moments of victory after expressing all this that he’s capable of in telling someone off are elegantly concluded with a brief pause and then the condemning and memetic “…bitch!” that makes one fist pump with pride for our street hero.
We’d known about the two Mexican brothers for quite a few episodes, and their campaign in tracking down and killing Walter gradually made progress; the suspense was ever-growing, every episode becoming larger and larger, but then the self-interest protecting hand of drug lord and fried chicken restaurateur Gus Fring intervened, and sent the assassins to kill Walt’s FBI agent brother-in-law Hank instead. Finally, on the man’s worst day, they made their move. But Hank doesn’t go down without a fight. He rammed one assassin between two cars, effectively dismembering him of his legs, but is shot several times by that same brother. He lays on the ground paralyzed and about to die, but by a stroke of luck the assassin decides to finish the job not by shooting Hank in the head but instead cartel style, by decapitating him, and goes to his car to retrieve the ax. Hank takes the time to load a fallen handgun and, at the last possible second, just as the ax is raised, shoots that motherfucker in the head.
THE DEATH OF GUS
This concluding moment to Season 4 was just plain epic. Watching Gus walk comfortably and unknowingly into the room he’ll die in: epic. The potency in the deaf and dumb Hector Salamanca’s eyes when he looks at Gus with that “you fucked up and now you’re dead” look: epic. The infamous ringing of the bell to trigger the bomb: epic. The terror in Gus’s eyes when he sees realizes what’s about to happen: epic. The calmness and normalcy with which Gus walks from the room after the explosion and casually adjusts his tie, only for a camera-angle change to reveal the other half of his body as destroyed and to show Gus falling to the ground, dead: oh my god that was so fucking epic I can’t even handle it.